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Downies Australian Coin Auctions

Whether you’re searching for a hard-to-find treasure, or hoping to part ways with something currently in your collection, Australia’s longest-running numismatic auction house can help.

Important Dates

  • Auction 353 Pre-Sale Viewing


    Wednesday 7th August 2024
    9:30am to 5pm

    Thursday 8th August 2024
    9:30am to 5pm

    Friday 9th August 2024
    9:30am to 5pm

    *Monday 12th August 2024
    9:30am to 5pm

    (*Priority given to interstate and overseas viewers)

  • Auction 353


    Tuesday 13th August 2024

    Wednesday 14th August 2024

    Thursday 15th August 2024



    **dates subject to change

  • Contact Us

    By Post:
    PO Box 3131, Nunawading VIC, 3131

    Viewing, Auction and Appointments
    3 Redland Drive, Mitcham, VIC 3132
    Phone: +61 (03) 8677 8800
    auctions@downies.com

    Contact Hours:
    Mon - Fri: 8:30am to 4:30pm
    Sat - Sun: Closed

  • Catalogue Coming Soon

Putting Collectables under the Hammer since 1963.

Having conducted our first sale in 1963, Downies Australian Coin Auctions is the longest-established coin and banknote auction house in Australia.

Over that time, we have accumulated the expertise and experience necessary to establish a reputation as one of the industry leaders. World-renowned for the professional way in which we conduct our public sales, Downies Australian Coin Auctions provides peace of mind to anyone seeking to consign part, or all, of their collection.

Live Bidding!

Visit auctions.downies.com to use our Live Bidding Platform. Or, download our App from the App Store or Google Play. This service is free of charge.

If you have any questions regarding our upcoming sales, please contact us. Please visit this page for regular updates as they come to hand.

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Auction Terms and Conditions

It is important that bidders make themselves aware of the Terms and Conditions for Auction.

Auction Terms and Conditions

Do not bid if you are not prepared to comply fully with these terms.

Auction FAQs

Consignment Process

Our specialists will manage all stages of the consignment process for you. Our team ensure the safe arrival and transfer of goods all the way from you - to the eventual sale and handover of ownership to the lucky winning bidder. As soon as we take receipt of your consignment our team begin evaluating and strategically preparing your collection into lots that will realise their maximum value at auction. At all stages your collectables are securely stored and insured giving you piece of mind. You are registered immediately in our system with a unique vendor ID. Your consignment is given a unique consignment number which can be tracked through our auction software at all times.

Logistics

All incoming courier parcels are signed for and recorded by our Inwards Goods team before being transferred to our auction specialists. All items received are cross checked against the accompanying documentation. We encourage all vendors to provide detailed documentation with all shipments to ensure transparency and the safe arrival of your goods. If you haven’t prepared an inventory, we will do so and verify this with you before proceeding any further.

Insurance

Downies carries both transit and contents insurance to cover your goods while either being transported or stored. Your items are stored securely in our vaults every night and all our premises have state of the art security systems, cameras, and 24 hour security.

Specialist Staff

Our staff inspect your consignment and identify any highlights before strategically lotting your items. We pride ourselves on our detailed and accurate catalogue descriptions which greatly support the sale of your goods. All key features are identified and described including the year, denomination, history, condition, and estimate.

Photography

Where requested or determined to be appropriate, your items will be photographed. We use only the best high-resolution images for our catalogue which enhances your consignment and ensures the maximum possible exposure.

Catalogue

Once all consignments are described, photographed and processed, the catalogue is created. The items are ordered logically and lot numbers are assigned. Our team of graphic designers then design and approve the final layout before the catalogue goes to print.

Marketing

Reaching thousands of registered bidders, vendors, and as many potential buyers as possible, our promotional material is vital to meeting your expectations. Leading up to the current sale, we promote via a number of advertising channels such as in relevant publications, across our websites, and via email communications. The catalogues themselves are distributed online, via email campaigns and direct mail.

Viewing

All lots can be viewed in the specified days leading up to the auction. Viewers will be admitted to the viewing room subject to positive proof of identity – this requires the furnishing of a Government issue photo ID (such as a driver licence, passport). If no photo ID is available, then two forms of ID, with at least one with a signature (credit cards), will be acceptable. These conditions apply to everyone and are in place to ensure we meet our insurance obligations and our commitment to vendor security.

Sale

We currently hold 3-4 major auctions each year. Our sales are open to the public and often attract more than 500 bidders with a mix of in-room and absentee bidders. Before and during the auction, bidders can register either remotely or in the sale room. We collect bidders’ personal details, verify their identification, and assign a unique bidder number. As lots are called, in-room bidders hold up their bid cards at increasing intervals until a winning bidder is determined. Absentee bids are placed in the sale room by our specialist auction team.

Payment

When the sale is complete, an invoice is produced and lots are picked and prepared for collection or despatch. Title of purchased lots shall not pass until the purchase price and buyer’s expenses are paid in full with cleared funds in Australian Dollars. We accept Cash, EFTPOS, Electronic Funds Transfer, PayPal, Bank or Personal Cheque (subject to processing fee) and Credit Card payments (subject to surcharge).  As a vendor, you will receive payment for lots sold within 42 days.

Collection and Shipping

Lots can be collected by appointment only, following the final day of the sale. Alternatively, your lots will be shipped to your nominated address, fully insured by the most practical method. The purchaser shall bear all shipping and insurance costs incurred and those costs will be added to the buyer’s invoice for payment in full.

Information Security

Your information is recorded and stored securely and we do not disclose any of your information to third parties without you express permission. All paperwork is securely destroyed and electronic records are kept safe via supreme data security protocols. We ensure that we are compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) which is a set of requirements designed to ensure that ALL companies that process, store or transmit credit card information maintain a secure environment.