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December 2010

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Unique Ashes 20c type! Not to be issued for circulation! One of very few Australian 20c commemoratives, and a unique Australian legal tender type that will not be issued into general circulation, this new 20c from the Royal Australian Mint forms an inspiring tribute to one of the world’s oldest, most celebrated sporting contests – The Ashes. The metaphorical prize for victory in England-Australia clashes, the Ashes was created when a mock obituary lamenting the death of English cricket was published after defeat to the colonials in 1882. The obituary stated that the body of English cricket will be cremated and ‘the ashes taken to Australia’. According to legend, the physical ‘Ashes’ were created when England’s captain, Ivo Bligh, was presented with an urn containing the remains of a burnt bail following England’s

victory in the 1882-83 series in Australia. This urn, permanently domiciled at Lords in England, is the eternal symbol of the great rivalry between the two nations. With England reclaiming the Ashes in 2009, and intense interest in the 2010-11 series, there is no doubt that the 2011 20c Ashes BU will be hotly pursued by cricket lovers across the globe – especially given the inspired cricket ball design! However, more than just an important commemorative

tribute to the Ashes, this new Australian legal tender type is crucial to serious decimal collectors. Not to be issued for circulation, and therefore never to be found in change, this affordable Royal Australian Mint release is simply a must-have for anyone keen on preserving a complete collection.

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A$ 95

Sure to have a low mintage, and certain to be tough to find in the future, grab the chance to secure this unique 20c commemorative at the value-for-money Official Issue Price.

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US$ 50

2011 20c ASHES BU Official Issue Price AR749

Bradman 20c in Unc!

Rarely offered…

Official Ashes issue!

Australia’s second commemorative 20c type, hoarded out of circulation at super speed, the 2001 Bradman 20c is a must-have for coin collector and cricket lover alike. Impossible to find in high grade today, we have this one-year-only RAM issue in strictly Uncirculated quality. Sensational value at under A$7 apiece!

One of Australia’s most sought after modern numismatic issues, the 1996 $5 Bradman Al-Br Proof is rarely offered today. Limited to a mintage of 22,523 and soaring in market value in recent years, we have just a few examples of this superbly struck RAM $5 Proof in stock – each set in the official case of issue with a Certificate of Authenticity.

England will be defending the Ashes in 2010-11, following the team’s stunning 2-1 series win at home in 2009 – a series commemorated by this official 2009 Ashes Medallion! A fine keepsake for any cricket fan, each 40mm medallion is housed in an official pack. A$ 75

2001 20c BRADMAN UNC

A$ 95

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US$ 50

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1996 $5 BRADMAN AL-BR PROOF

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245 227

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AC055

2009 ASHES MEDALLION

19 18

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The COMPLETE Commemorative Every commemorative issued fo Since introduced in the 1980s, the $1 coin has become Australia’s primary vehicle for numismatic celebrations – and the most sought after, most collected decimal coin denomination.Your big chance to obtain an example of every $1 commemorative type issued for circulation by the Royal Australian Mint, we are delighted to present the COMPLETE 1984-2010 $1 Commemorative Collection – with every coin in tough-to-find Uncirculated condition!

Preserving the pristine Uncirculated quality for the long-term, this 17-coin set is housed within archival bubble, and presented in an attractive, informative 420mm x 297mm full-colour pack

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Australia’s first $1 coin… Seen as a more durable, more economically viable alternative to the $1 banknote, the first Australian aluminium-bronze $1 coin was introduced amid great publicity in May 1984. Continuing the Australian native wildlife theme underpinning the nation’s original circulating decimal coins, first seen in 1966, the first $1 carried the ‘Mob of Roos’ reverse design by master craftsman Stuart Devlin. A unique element of Australian numismatics, the 1984 Roos $1 is the only $1 coin distinguished by the original decimal Arnold Machin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

The commemorative tradition… Celebrating Australia’s past, present and future through the medium of coinage, the Royal Australian Mint began what would become a grand tradition of $1 commemorative coins within two years of the issue of Australia’s first $1 type. Beginning with the Year of Peace $1 in 1986, the Mint has issued sixteen different $1 commemorative coins for circulation – including highly sought after types such as the 1996 Parkes $1, 1997 Smithy $1 and 2005 Dancing Man $1. Every one of those sixteen coins, PLUS the first Mob of Roos date, is included in this comprehensive presentation.

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1984-2010 $1 COMMEMORATIVE COLLECTION UNC SH080

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Australian $1 Unc Collection! r circulation from 1984 to 2010! Tough-to-find in change… Although all seventeen Australian legal tender types have been issued for circulation, you would be hard pressed to assemble the 1984-2010 $1 Commemorative Collection from your change. From the predecimal era on, ‘hoarding the commemorative’ is recognised as a national tradition in Australia, with all distinct, one-year-only types stashed away by collector and noncollector alike. Even if you were very lucky, and sourced all seventeen coins from circulation, they would never be in anything like the strictly Uncirculated quality that defines this high-grade compilation.

1984 Mob of Roos

1993 Landcare

1986 Year of Peace

1996 Parkes

1988 Bicentennial

1997 Kingsford Smith

1999 Year of Older Persons

Complete – and in Unc quality! Happily for the serious decimal collector, the 1984-2010 $1 Commemorative Collection renders that traditional search through change irrelevant. Comprising every commemorative $1 type issued for circulation in Australia – as well as the first Mob of Roos $1 type – you now have the chance to create a complete collection in an instant!

 Comprises all seventeen 25mm al-br $1 coins issued from 1984 to 2010

2001 Centenary of Federation

2003 Australia’s Volunteers

2001 Year of Volunteers

2003 Women’s Suffrage

2002 Year of the Outback

2005 WWII 60th Anniversary

2007 APEC

 Pristine examples, all seventeen coins are in strictly Uncirculated quality  Housed behind archival bubble within an impressive, informative full-colour pack  Outstanding value-for-money at Downies special price! www.downies.com

2008 Centenary of Scouts

2009 Centenary of Aged Pension

2010 Centenary of Guides

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The new 2011 Proof & Mint Sets! The ‘classic’ designs return! United by the exquisite quality, official presentation packaging and outstanding value-for-money, the new 2011 Proof and Mint Sets are distinguished by one other very important feature. Following the tremendous response to the 2010 issue, the RAM has once again decided to devote this crucial annual release to Australia’s ‘classic’ decimal designs.

A fine initiative on the part of the Mint, sure to be appreciated by long-term collectors of the series – and those seeking a premium quality example of each of Australia’s world-renowned circulating denominations – each collection comprises six coins. Featuring the traditional decimal designs, Stuart Devlin’s Echidna 5c, Lyrebird 10c, Platypus 20c, Coat of Arms 50c & Mob of Roos $1 and Horst Hahne’s poignant Indigenous Elder $2 all look magnificent in both Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated quality. The immaculate standard of the coins is matched by the impeccable, eye-catching presentation. Set behind archival bubble to ensure the quality of each coin is preserved for the long-term, the Mint Set is housed within an

official, informative pack, with the Proof Set presented in a superb RAM case, complete with a Certificate of Authenticity. No matter whether you choose the 2011 Proof Set or 2011 Mint Set, each of these outstanding, official Royal Australian Mint presentations is…

 comprised of six flawlessly struck Australian legal tender coins – 5c to $2  highlighted by the traditional designs for each denomination  beautifully presented within 2011 MINT SET Official Issue Price attractive, official RAM packaging  sensational value-for-money 2011 PROOF SET Official Issue Price at the RAM’s Official Issue Price!

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30 26

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AR661 A$

120 102

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Wedding? Anniversary?

Then this is the set for you! If you have a friend or relative getting married in 2011, and you’re struggling to come up with that perfect gift, then look no further! What better way to celebrate that most special day in someone’s life than with the gift of the Royal Australian Mint’s 2011 Wedding Proof Set? Underpinned by tremendous beauty, immense quality and fantastic value-for-money, this magnificent matrimonial memento comprises six 2011-dated Australian legal tender coins – the 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2. As for the Royal Australian Mint’s 2011 Proof Set, seen above, each of those six coins is distinguished by the classic design for its denomination. Also in common with the 2011 Proof Set, the coins found in this official RAM issue are underpinned by the

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most exquisite quality, with acutely detailed, highly frosted designs contrasting brilliantly against the most pristine of mirror fields.

Beautifully presented within a stylish, official case, the traditional 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c and $1 were all designed by numismatic mastercraftsman Stuart Devlin, with the distinctive $2 the work of Horst Hahne – all magnificent when struck to the Mint’s rigorous Proof standards

A permanent record of the big day for the bride and groom, the Royal Australian Mint’s 2011 Wedding Proof Set is a gift that will be treasured forever. Also the perfect present 2011 WEDDING PROOF SET for any wedding anniversary, Official Issue Price this splendid Australian legal tender presentation is available at the RAM’s Official Issue Price.

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120 102

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AR666

 Comprises six Australian legal tender coins from the 5c to the $2  Underpinned by the RAM’s exceptional Proof quality  Housed in an attractive, official Royal Australian Mint case  Accompanied by an official Certificate of Authenticity  The perfect wedding or anniversary present – available at the RAM’s Official Issue Price!

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The new 2011 2-Coin Sets! Tiny pre-determined mintages! Honouring the unparalleled contribution of the Wool Industry to Australia’s national development, the Royal Australian Mint’s new 2011 2-Coin Proof and BU Sets are historic, affordable and – with both sets defined by tiny pre-determined mintages – extremely exclusive.

2011 AUSTRALIAN WOOL 2-COIN PROOF SET Official Issue Price

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45 39

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From the earliest colonial period until the modern age, wool production played a key role in the economic life of Australia. Indeed, the popular phrase ‘riding on the sheep’s back’ was coined to emphasise the reliance of Australia on the success of the industry. Available in Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated quality, these sparkling new sets from the RAM represent an appropriate celebration of this critical element of Australian economic, social and cultural progress.

2011 AUSTRALIAN WOOL 2-COIN BU SET Official Issue Price

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15 1275

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AR660

Defined by very exclusive predetermined mintages, with only 40,000 sets in BU and 25,000 sets in Proof being issued, the 2011 2-Coin Proof Set and 2011 2-Coin BU Set are vital to decimal collectors. The only way you can obtain the 20c and $1 Wool commemorative coins, with neither to be issued for circulation and neither in the 2011 Proof and Mint Sets, these new 2-coin sets are crucial to anyone keen to maintain a complete decimal collection. Given the success of the 2010 2-coin sets, with the 2010 2-Coin BU Set now sold out at the Royal Australian Mint, this is the time to secure these new sets – whilst at Official Issue Price.

 Exclusive! Just 40,000 BU sets and 25,000 Proof sets issued!  Includes the one-year-only 2011 20c and $1 commemoratives!  Housed in official, informative, attractive presentation packs  Offered at the same affordable Official Issue Price as last year!

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One for the future…

Prestige & Potential…

Underestimated as a genuine numismatic collectable, the RAM’s Baby Mint Set Series represents great potential. Overstating the case? The figures tell otherwise.

Featuring six coins from 5c to $2, plus a 40mm full-colour medallion, the final Blinky Bill Baby Proof Set to be issued by the RAM forms a prestigious celebration of the arrival of a newborn – and a gift that will be treasured for generations to come.

If you know someone who is about to turn 18, and fancied securing them a memento of their birth year, the 1993 Baby Mint Set, issued at A$15, would cost you well over A$100 – if you could find one. The 1997 Baby Mint Set is similarly impossible to find, and has rocketed in value from A$24.50 to nearly A$400! The 1998, 2001 and 2005 sets are just as sought after – cataloguing at A$200, A$190 and A$120 respectively – with EVERY issue trading at well over Official Issue Price. Featuring a not-issued-forcirculation 2011-dated $1 amongst its six coins (5c-$2), plus a 27mm full-colour medallion, the 2011 Baby Mint Set will be just as hard to find as its predecessors. 2011 BABY MINT SET Official Issue Price

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35 US$ 30 AR664

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Moreover, a brief glance at the current market values of the series illustrates that every Baby Proof Set is a highly collectable, low-mintage release – packed with a great deal of future potential. EVERY Baby Proof Set trades at substantially over Official Issue Price, with the 1996 (now A$475), 1997 (A$995), 1999 (A$475) and 2001 (A$325) showing the potential of the series. With even a very recent issue such as the 2007 set roaring to a market value of A$275, the 2011 Baby Proof Set is clearly one to put away for the future. 2011 BABY PROOF SET Official Issue Price

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145 123

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AR665

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All new from Great Britain – Quality, beauty, history – and

The Duke of Edinburgh 90th Birthday £5! A great opportunity to pay homage to a life of selfless service and remarkable achievement, this official 2011 £5 commemorative marks the 90th birthday of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The oldest living great, greatgrandchild of Queen Victoria, and royal consort for longer than anyone else in British history, Prince Philip has devoted his life both to Queen

Elizabeth II and to the British people. Patron or President of approximately 800 organisations – including The Duke of Edinburgh Award, the King James Bible Trust and the WWF – Philip’s contribution to Britain over his long time in public life is truly extraordinary. Forming part of a grand tradition of Royal commemorative crowns, this compelling coin carries a stunning

portrait of Philip upon its broad 38.61mm flan – created by Marc Richards FRBS and approved by both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen. Housed in a stunning full-colour, official Mint folder, complete with details of Philip’s life and achievements, this unique release is a strictly limited edition, with only 50,000 packs issued worldwide.

GB 2011 £5 PRINCE PHILIP 90th BIRTHDAY BU

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2995 26

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Seeking supremacy on the seas…

GB 2011 £2 MARY ROSE BIMETAL BU

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2295 21

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The greatest legacy of King Henry VIII was his creation of the Royal Navy, and the pride of England’s seafaring defenders was the Mary Rose – launched in 1511. Limited to an edition of just 20,000 packs, this

superbly designed £2 type forms a striking tribute to the 500th anniversary of her maiden voyage. At the time of Henry’s accession, England was extremely vulnerable to attack from French ships. Determined to build a strong Tudor navy, Henry embarked

on an extensive naval construction program, and at the heart of that program was the Mary Rose – the first ship to carry cannons able to fire a broadside from watertight gun ports. A successful military career followed, and by the time she sank in 1545, the Mary Rose had played a key role in England’s defence.

Graced with an incredibly detailed design, this bimetal £2 features the Mary Rose in her prime, bedecked with the banners and streamers that made Tudor ships so beautiful and so recognisable. Beautifully presented, each coin is set in an official pack recounting the history of this legendary vessel.

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The King James Bible in Bimetal! A fascinating work of numismatic art, commemorating one of the most important publications in history, this one-year-only £2 honours the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible – first published in 1611. Created during a time of great religious tension in England, the King James Bible was an attempt to replace existing, allegedly inaccurate English translations of the

Bible. Inspired by one of the most learned of all English monarchs, King James VI & I of Scotland of England, the new translation quickly became the standard text in English churches. Representing the very best of Elizabethan English, with its majestic style and poetic rhythms still acclaimed by modern scholars, the King James Bible can lay claim to being the most printed book ever.

Capturing the importance of the translation and the key role that printing played in its wide acceptance – with the aptly chosen quote from the Bible set in a representation of the printing process – each coin is housed in an informative pack. Just 20,000 packs issued worldwide!

GB 2011 £2 KING JAMES BIBLE BIMETAL BU

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2295 21

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Changing the way we live…

GB 2011 50p WWF 50th ANNIVERSARY BU

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1995 17

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Established in 1961 with an aim to save endangered species, the World Wildlife Fund now plays a much wider role, educating humanity and attempting to reduce the general impact of people on the environment. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this crucial institution, the

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Royal Mint has issued a unique 50p commemorative type. Brilliantly designed, with fifty different iconic images surrounding the instantly recognisable panda logo, this one-year-only 27.30mm British legal tender type forms a most fitting memento of the 50th anniversary of the WWF. Beautifully presented within an informative, official pack, arrayed

with details of the key achievements of the WWF over the last half century, this affordable release also gives you the chance to play a part in the important ongoing work of the WWF. A great opportunity to support one of the world’s most influential philanthropic organisations, part of the proceeds from the sale of each coin will be donated by the Royal Mint to the WWF.

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the key annual issues for 2011! sensational value-for-money!

Unparalleled collector value! At just A$99.95, Britain’s 2011 Proof Set represents the best value-formoney across the entire spectrum of numismatics.That’s an average price of just A$7 per Proof coin!

9995

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9250

US$

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Undeniably the best value Proof Set in the world!

That literal ‘dollar-percoin’ collector value is, of course, enhanced by the plethora of other attractive characteristics of this ever-popular annual issue. For any collector, the quality of the actual coins is paramount, and no one could deny that the standard to which the Royal Mint strikes Proof coins is among the highest in the world. This new set is a commanding case in point. A comprehensive appreciation of Britain’s coinage for the upcoming year, the 2011 Proof Set is

headlined by six one-yearonly commemoratives – the 38.61mm Prince Philip £5 Crown, Mary Rose £2, King James Bible £2, Capital Cities £1 Pair and WWF 50p. The set also features the Technology £2 and the seven definitive coins from 1p to £1, with all 14 coins underpinned by sharply struck, brilliantly frosted images, set upon the most pristine of mirrored surfaces. Beautifully presented within a superb, official Royal Mint case, the value is also boosted by the extremely low mintage. Just 20,000 sets are to be issued worldwide!

Tiny mintage just 15,000!

The quality is just Brilliant!

One of the most exclusive, most prestigious British numismatic issues, the Deluxe Proof Set is targeted by collectors all over the globe. Having been promised an allocation from the mintage of 15,000 due to our long-term role as official Royal Mint distributor, we are delighted to once again present this highly desirable annual collection to our clients.

Comprising coins struck to a much higher standard than those issued for circulation, Britain’s 2011 Mint Set is underpinned by the finest Brilliant Uncirculated quality – and outstanding value-for-money!

A stunning presentation, the 2011 Deluxe Proof Set comprises 14 British legal tender coins. Incorporating all six new commemorative coins, from the WWF 50th Anniversary 50p to the Prince Philip 90th Birthday Crown, the 2011 Deluxe Proof Set also features the Technology £2 and the seven ‘Coat of Arms’ definitive issues from 1p to £1 – all struck to the most rigorous Proof standards imaginable. Maintaining the grand tradition of luxury, quality and presentation that has driven demand for this key annual release, each set is housed in

an embossed black leather case, accompanied by an informative booklet incorporating a Certificate of Authenticity confirming the tiny mintage. Act now – limited stocks available! GB 2011 DELUXE PROOF SET

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12950 11995

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Housed in a beautifully illustrated, richly informative Royal Mint folder, the 2011 Mint Set offers a definitive overview of Britain’s circulating currency for the year. Remarkably, for a Mint Set, that means THIRTEEN coins are found in this sparkling presentation! Headlined by the Mary Rose £2 and King James Bible £2, the set is also highlighted by Stuart Devlin’s Edinburgh and Cardiff

Capital Cities £1 types and the WWF 50p – united with the Technology £2 and the seven definitive types from 1p to £1. Best of all, the 2011 Mint Set represents stunning collector value at just A$4 per coin – especially as the limited edition has been restricted to just 50,000!

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GB 2011 MINT SET

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AR787

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The 2010 $25 in Outback 1/5oz One of Australia’s finest works

A phenomenal fusion of pure precious metal, glorious Royal Australian Mint Proof quality and strictly limited availability, the 2010 $25 Kangaroo in Outback 1/5oz Gold Proof Collection has, as anticipated, stirred up huge interest amongst collectors worldwide. A compelling tribute to Australia’s primary native icon, instantly acclaimed as one of Australia’s greatest works of numismatic craftsmanship, little time remains for those keen to be among the privileged few Australians able to call this exquisite pure .9999 gold Proof Set their own.

Unparalleled beauty…

Golden potential…

Certain to impress anyone who appreciates the art of precious metal minting, this exquisite collection comprises three 21.69mm diameter Australian legal tender $25 coins – each crafted to the most rigorous of Proof standards from 1/5oz of pure .9999 fine gold.

A stand-alone release of immense beauty, quality and prestige, this stunning 3-coin presentation is an essential acquisition for anyone who owns any of the rare 2007, 2008 and 2009 $25 Kangaroo at Sunset 1/5oz Gold Proofs – also designed by Wojciech Pietranik.

A masterpiece of numismatic art, created by world-renowned RAM designer Wojciech Pietranik, each of those coins carries a unique and yet interlinked motif. Presented as a complete collection, the three

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coins unite to portray the Australian Kangaroo bounding across the Outback, with a palpable sense of movement created by Pietranik’s use of the Roo, it’s shadow and the iconic windmill so skilfully depicted in the background field of each coin. Whilst scarcely doing the coins justice, the stunning professional photographs above do give at least some sense of the extraordinary beauty of these lustrous, exclusive precious metal Proofs.

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Highly reminiscent of these exquisite, highly sought after precious metal Proofs, initial demand for the 2010 $25 Kangaroo in Outback 1/5oz

Gold Proof Collection suggests that this stunning .9999 gold trio may well march down the same path to success. With the 2007, 2008 and 2009 $25 Roo at Sunset Gold Proofs issued at A$365 and currently cataloguing at A$2,000, A$1,500 and A$1,100 respectively – but rarely available at any price – the incentive to secure this glorious presentation is very strong indeed.

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Kangaroo Gold Proof Set

Worldwide mintage just 1,000!

of numismatic craftsmanship…   Comprises three flawless 1/5oz .9999 fine gold coins   Each coin struck to the pinnacle of Proof quality   Australian legal tender, each coin has a face value of $25   Housed within a luxurious timber presentation case   Accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity   Worldwide mintage just 1,000 – sell-out certain

A limited window of opportunity… The only reason this spectacular Australian legal tender collection exists at all is because the Royal Australian Mint received a corporate order from Europe. The only reason Downies can offer it to our clients is because of our extensive international contacts. With only a tiny number of sets escaping from Europe, and with a flood of orders leaving our original allocation severely depleted, this will be one of few remaining opportunities for Australians to guarantee supply of this highly prestigious Australian legal tender collection.

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Official Australian legal tender, each $25 coin is distinguished by the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse

  Tiny number of sets available in Australia – act now!

A fitting standard of presentation for such a prestigious, luxurious Australian legal tender collection, the three .9999 fine gold $25 coins are united within a lavish timber case – complete with an individually serial-numbered Certificate of Authenticity confirming the worldwide mintage of 1,000 sets

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1939 Roo 1/2d Fine A$

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1942 & 1944 1/2d Pair VF 48

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90 US$ AR788

1940 & 1941 K.G 1d Pair Fine-VF 3950

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3650

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 The crucial date of the George VI 1/2d series – scarce across all grades

 The lowest and second lowest mintage issues in the George VI 1/2d series!

 Very scarce George VI 1d dates – 1940 is the 2nd lowest mintage George VI 1d!

 With revision of original design implemented late in 1939, the mintage was just 782,400

 Scarce with 720,000 1942 1/2d and 729,000 1944 1/2d struck at the Melbourne Mint

 First two 1d dates struck at Perth Mint – as denoted by dot after ‘K’ in designer’s initials

 Fantastic opportunity to lock in a key date of the predecimal series – graded Fine

 In premium condition for the dates, both WWII coins are available in VF

 Only two Australian dates to carry this mintmark – 1940 in Fine; 1941 in VF

1912, 1914 & 1915 3d Trio Ave Circ A$

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69

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 Last George V 3d dates struck in London, with 3d struck in Australia from 1916  Early, key dates of the 1910-64 3d series – scarce in any grade today  1915 has 2nd lowest mintage of 1910-64 series – just 800,000! – 1914 has 4th lowest at 1.6m and 1912 has 6th lowest at 2.4m!

1912 & 1913 1/- Pair Ave Circ A$

4950

46

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1942 Melbourne 3d Fine 39

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36

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1912, 1914 & 1916M 6d Trio Ave Circ 5995

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5550

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 The lowest mintage issue, and key date, of the 1910-64 Threepence Series!

 Key early Australian issues – the 2nd, 3rd and 4th George V sixpence dates

 Just 528,000 struck at the Melbourne Mint, compared to George VI 3d annual average of 17.6m!

 1912 & 1914 the last George V 6d dates struck in London – 1916M the first struck in Australia

 An affordable opportunity for you to plug that gap in your collection – graded Fine

 Issued for a small Australian population, all three have mintages of no more than 1.8m!

1915 & 1915H 1/- Pair VG

1933 1/- VG

149

A$

138

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159

A$

147

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AL870

 Highly sought after – the 2nd and 3rd shilling dates issued under King George V

 Defined by tiny mintages! Just 800,000 1915 and 500,000 1915H 1/- struck!

 The lowest mintage shilling date – just 220,000 struck at the Melbourne Mint

 Defined by tiny mintages, with just 1m 1912 1/- and 1.2m 1913 1/- struck!

 Among the highest cataloguing Australian shilling dates – across all grades

 One of the most crucial dates in the 1910-64 Australian predecimal series

 With so many lost, and melted for the silver, these key dates are missing from many collections

 Struck at Royal Mint London and Heaton Mint Birmingham – last before 1/- struck in Australia

 Exceedingly scarce in any grade, and hotly pursued by all predecimal collectors

1912 & 1913 2/- Pair Ave Circ A$

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64

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 Struck at Royal Mint, London – among most important dates of the 1910-63 florin series  Tiny mintages of 1m and 1.2m respectively – vast majority lost over the decades  Very scarce, these early, rarely offered dates are desirable in any condition

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1933 2/- VG 39

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36

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AN208

 Tiny mintage a mere 488,000 – second rarest florin of the entire series!  A coin of the Great Depression Era, struck at the Melbourne Mint  Graded Very Good, this essential predecimal date is sensational value-for-money

1939 2/- Fine 39

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36

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 Tiny mintage just 630,000 – compared to George VI 2/- annual average of 13m!  Rarest George VI florin and 5th rarest of entire 1910-63 2/- Commonwealth series!  Excellent value-for-money for such a crucial date, we have a few coins in Fine

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Copper currency – the first ten years…

1911-20 PENNY COLLECTION (14 coins) AVE CIRC

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75 70

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1911-20 HALFPENNY COLLECTION (11 coins) AVE CIRC

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120 111

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1911-20 HALFPENNY & PENNY COLLECTION (25 COINS) AVE CIRC

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169 157

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Although achieving nationhood at Federation in 1901, Australia’s first currency was not issued until 1910, with the first copper coins struck in 1911. Small mintages were the rule for the first decade, and with lower denomination coins

experiencing higher circulation rates, a tiny percentage of early George V 1/2d and 1d coins have survived in collectable condition – making complete 1911-20 1/2d and 1d sets tough to assemble.

Representing a crucial slice of Australia’s early history as a nation, these sets are littered with important dates. The first 1/2d & 1d (1911), the low-mintage 1914 and 1914H 1/2d, the scarce 1915H 1/2d, the sought after 1918 1/2d, the low-mintage

1914 & 1915 1d, the Calcutta Mint 1/2d & 1d issues (1916-18), the first 1/2d & 1d struck in Australia (1919)…all crucial to serious predecimal collectors.Surprisingly affordable, we have just a few complete 1d and 1/2d sets in Buy both stock. collections and SAVE A$26!

Complete – and in premium grade!

1953-63 FLORIN COLLECTION EF-UNC (11 coins)

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175 162

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1953-63 SHILLING COLLECTION EF-UNC (11 coins)

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139 128

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AR798

1953-63 SHILLING & A$ 284 FLORIN COLLECTION US$ 263 EF-UNC (22 coins) KC779

With 46 years passing since the last was struck, it’s no surprise that Elizabeth II predecimal silver coins are difficult to locate in higher grade – especially shillings and florins. A great opportunity to secure an example of EVERY Elizabeth II shilling and florin, these

desirable collections are underpinned by both superior grade and excellent value. The scarcity of Elizabeth II silver coins is largely due to the fact that, apart from the 1966 Silver 50c, these were the last circulating coins struck from precious metal.

All silver coins have been targeted for the intrinsic value since decimalisation, with the two heaviest types – shilling and florin – naturally preferred by precious metal profiteers. The Australian Government also melted down silver coins in huge numbers, with the 1969-70 RAM report stating that, over a 3-year period, 2,090 tons of silver coins had been melted down, producing an extraordinary 34 million troy ounces of fine silver! As a result, later Australian predecimal silver coins are

much scarcer than the mintage figures would suggest – a fact borne out by the difficulty in securing Elizabeth II shillings and florins. With every date represented – including the especially scarce 1953-56 issues – we have complete 1953-63 shilling and florin sets available, with both in EF to Unc! Better yet, the shilling set is A$50 below catalogue value, with the florin set A$70 off! Buy both and SAVE Buy both A$150!

collections and SAVE A$150!

Create a cracking copper collection! Issued from 1911 under King George V until the end of the predecimal era in 1964, and sentimental favourites as low denomination issues, the 1/2d and 1d are among Australia’s most popular collector coins. A key element of Australia’s first national currency system, the popularity of these coins is in large part due to the great affordability – as illustrated here.

A sensational way to begin a predecimal collection, and therefore perfect as a Christmas gift for a new collector, we have Australia’s famous halfpenny and penny available by the HALF KILO – at prices to please all pockets! Struck during the reigns of George V, George VI and Elizabeth II, with a good range of dates from 1911-64 guaranteed, these extra-value bags of

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Australian predecimal halfpennies and pennies will provide endless hours of fascination. Buy one of each and SAVE A$10! Save A$10! 1911-64 HALFPENNY HALF-KILO BAG (89 coins) AVE CIRC

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2495 23

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1911-64 PENNY HALF-KILO BAG (53 coins) AVE CIRC

2495 23

1911-64 HALFPENNY A$ 90 39 & PENNY HALF-KILO US$ 3695 BAG PAIR (142 coins)

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Sold out at the Mint!

Triumph and tragedy

A sensational start to this stunning seafaring series, the 2010 $1 Battle of Salamis Silver Proof sold out at the Perth Mint in short order. Honouring a key moment in the Greco-Persian wars of the 5th century BC, when an outnumbered Greek force triumphed against their eastern enemies near the island of Salamis, we have just a few of this 40.60mm .999 silver $1 in stock – each in an official case with a Certificate attesting to the mintage of 5,000.

Commemorating one of the most famous conflicts in military history, this sparkling .999 fine silver Proof pays homage to the British victory at the Battle of Trafalgar – a triumph tinged with tragedy due to the death of Lord Nelson. Still available at the Perth Mint’s Official Issue Price, each 40.60mm full-colour coin is set in an official case with a Certificate of Authenticity confirming the mintage of 5,000.

COOK ISLANDS 2010 $1 BATTLE OF SALAMIS 1oz SILVER PROOF

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225 OUT US$ 209

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9250 US$ 86 AR140

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Battle of the Ironclads!

Mintage just 5,000!

A unique tribute to the Battle of Hampton Roads, which saw the Confederate’s Virginia take on the North’s Union Monitor during the American Civil War, this .999 fine silver Proof marks a major landmark in naval warfare – the first conflict between ironclad warships. Very exclusive, with the mintage set at a mere 5,000, each 40.60mm legal tender coin is presented in an official Mint case with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Honouring Britain’s clash with Germany at the 1916 Battle of Jutland – the largest battle in the history of naval warfare – the 4th coin of the Great Naval Battles Series is as dramatic, as historic and as exclusive as its popular predecessors. Brilliantly enhanced with full-colour, each 40.60mm .999 silver Proof is set in an official case with a Certificate of Authenticity. Mintage just 5,000!

COOK ISLANDS 2010 $1 BATTLE OF HAMPTON ROADS 1oz SILVER PROOF Official Issue Price

COOK ISLANDS 2011 $1 BATTLE OF JUTLAND 1oz SILVER PROOF Official Issue Price

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9250 86

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2009 $1 Famous Battles Series - COMPLETE! Rarely offered – tiny numbers in stock!

TUVALU 2009 $1 COMPLETE FAMOUS BATTLES A$ 674 1oz SILVER PROOF US$ 623 COLLECTION KC780

A sizzling start to one of the hottest series of 2009, the 5,000-coin mintage of the $1 Thermopylae Silver Proof was shattered by demand. Rarely offered, we have secured just a few examples from the secondary market. Limit one per household. TUVALU 2009 $1 BATTLE OF THERMOPYLAE 1oz SILVER PROOF

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195 180

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The second in the Famous Battles Series, the $1 Cannae Silver Proof was just as popular as the first! Sold out at speed, and vanishing from the market, the value of this .999 silver $1 has soared. Just a few coins available – limit one per household.

Crafted from 1oz of .999 silver, like each coin in the series, this unique fullcolour tribute to the Battle of Hastings in 1066 is still available at Official Issue Price. With a sell-out of the 5,000-coin mintage close at hand, you must act now.

A stand-alone release of history, colour and limited availability, and a must-have for a complete collection, the $1 Balaklava Silver Proof is, like each coin in the series, set in an official case with a Certificate confirming the mintage of 5,000.

Sold out at the Mint in record time, this 40.60mm 1oz .999 silver Proof formed a fittingly explosive finale to a truly exceptional legal tender series. Already rising in market value, don’t miss this rare opportunity. Limit one per household.

TUVALU 2009 $1 BATTLE OF CANNAE 1oz SILVER PROOF

TUVALU 2009 $1 BATTLE OF HASTINGS 1oz SILVER PROOF Official Issue Price

TUVALU 2009 $1 BATTLE OF BALAKLAVA 1oz SILVER PROOF Official Issue Price

TUVALU 2009 $1 BATTLE OF GETTYSBURG 1oz SILVER PROOF

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195 180

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Stunning ‘high-gloss’ full-colour coins! Tiny mintage just 1,000 apiece!

PALAU 2010 $2 GRASSHOPPER 1/2oz SILVER PROOF

Underpinned by a pioneering high-gloss full-colour technique, this dramatic duo is defined by exquisite quality, handsome presentation and very limited availability. Indeed, just 1,000 examples of each Silver Proof have been struck for worldwide distribution! A$

8950 83

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AR800

PALAU 2010 $2 DRAGONFLY 1/2oz SILVER PROOF

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8950 US$ 83 AR801

Celebrating the grasshopper and the dragonfly respectively, these official legal tender coins from the Republic of Palau are a must-have for anyone enchanted with full-colour minting. Crafted to the most rigorous standard from half a troy ounce of sterling silver, the glistening, astonishingly lifelike designs contrast brilliantly against the pure precious metal. Providing the ideal venue for this groundbreaking exploration of modern minting technology, each coin measures a near crown-sized 35mm in diameter. With bugs proving to be an exceptionally popular collector theme in 2010, we were delighted to secure a small allocation of both the 2010 $2 Grasshopper 1/2oz Silver Proof and 2010 $2 Dragonfly 1/2oz Silver Proof.

Beautifully presented, each coin is housed in a plush case, set within an attractive outer box, and is complete with a Certificate of Authenticity confirming the tiny mintage of just 1,000. Whilst individually brilliant collector coins, these sparkling legal tender tributes to the grasshopper and dragonfly form the perfect pair – especially at A$20 off the combined single prices! Act now – limited numbers in stock! PALAU 2010 $2 GRASSHOPPER & DRAGONFLY 1/2oz SILVER PROOF PAIR

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159 147

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Put a buzz in someone’s Christmas! A fantastic opportunity to add some unique, one-yearonly Australian legal tender types to your collection, the 2010 $1 Young Collectors Backyard Bugs BU Set also represents the perfect gift – especially ideal at Christmas time! An official release from the Perth Mint, this eye-catching presentation features nine different, official Australian legal tender $1 coins – each portraying one of Australia’s ‘backyard bugs’. Beautifully designed and superbly struck to the Mint’s rigorous Brilliant Uncirculated standards, these detailed, interesting coins make the set a must-have for traditional Australian decimal collectors. Moreover, with bugs the source of endless fascination to children of all ages, this coin collection is an ideal Christmas present – especially given the unbelievably low price!

In light of the phenomenal range of features – the illustrated album, the informative booklet and Certificate of Authenticity, a set of bug stickers, a Ladybird poster, a magnifying glass as well as NINE Perth Mint BU $1 coins! – the Official Issue Price of just A$79.95 represents simply outstanding value-for-money.

7995

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7395

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2010 $1 YOUNG COLLECTORS BACKYARD BUGS BU SET Official Issue Price AR382

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Features a real stained glass window! A truly inspired tribute to one of the world’s most revered architectural masterpieces – highlighted by a genuine stained glass window set within the expansive 50mm flan – we are delighted to have secured a tiny allocation of the exclusive, prestigious 2010 $10 Windows of Heaven Cologne Cathedral Silver Proof. Crafted from a massive 50g of sterling silver, and restricted to a mintage of just 2,000, this spellbinding coin pays homage to Germany’s World Heritage listed Cologne Cathedral. Among the most famous shrines of Christian worship, and regarded as a masterwork of Gothic architecture, the Cologne Cathedral has been

described by UNESCO as an ‘exceptional work of human creative genius’. Foremost amongst its many aweinspiring characteristics is the Cathedral’s intricately detailed stained glass windows – captured so brilliantly within the large frame of this astonishing precious metal Proof.

Sure to be as sought after as the similarly innovative $10 Tiffany Glass coins – all of which have sold out at super speed – we have a tiny number in stock, with each housed in a case with a Certificate of Authenticity. Don’t miss this limited window of opportunity!

359

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332

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COOK ISLANDS 2010 $10 WINDOWS OF HEAVEN COLOGNE CATHEDRAL SILVER PROOF AR732

Our Lady of Paris… A stand-alone release of exquisite quality, and the perfect partner for the coin above, this dramatic precious metal Proof honours another of the world’s most famous Gothic cathedrals – Notre Dame de Paris (Our Lady of Paris).

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99

9150

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NIUE 2010 $1 GOTHIC CATHEDRALS – NOTRE DAME SILVER PROOF AR802

Built during the Gothic period, from the 12th to the 14th century, Notre Dame is the world’s oldest Gothic cathedral, and one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in Europe. Unlike earlier Romanesque architecture, the cathedral is heavily influenced by realism, as illustrated by the sculptures and exquisite stained glass windows – such as the window TELEPHONE Monday to Friday from 8am - 5pm TOLL FREE

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dominating the expansive 27mm x 45mm flan of this magnificent coin. Struck from 28.28g of sterling silver, this unusual oval-shaped Proof captures perfectly the soaring beauty of this breathtaking architectural

The Mosque of Cordoba An affordable complement to either of the above coins, this unique Royal Spanish Mint bimetal 2€ honours the Mosque of Cordoba – built from the 8th to 10th centuries, and one of the oldest, most significant works of Islamic art in Europe.

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masterpiece. Delicately enhanced with full-colour, each legal tender coin comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity attesting to the limited mintage of 5,000.

SPAIN 2010 2€ MOSQUE OF CORDOBA BU

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From the late Victorian Age… In the decade before Federation in 1901, the coins with which Australians were most familiar carried the distinguished Veiled Head portrait of QueenVictoria. The final portrait found on the circulating coinage of Britain’s longest reigning monarch, theVeiled Head type was introduced in 1893 following the Jubilee series, and employed untilVictoria’s death in 1901.

A chance to travel back in time to turn-of-the-century Australia, this complete Queen Victoria Veiled Head collection represents a fantastic opportunity. An important element of Australian currency,

this comprehensive selection comprises nine Veiled Head type coins – the Farthing, Halfpenny, Penny, Threepence, Sixpence, Shilling, Florin, Half Crown & Crown – in Very Good to Fine quality.

1893-1901 QUEEN VICTORIA VEILED HEAD TYPE SET VG-F (9 coins)

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195 180

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AF456

The Coins of King Edward VII During the decade that passed between Australia’s achievement of Federation in 1901 and the issue of the country’s first national coinage in 1910, Aussie pockets jingled with the British coins of King EdwardVII.

The King’s brief reign, combined with low mintages and the passing of more than a century, has ensured that the coinage of Edward VII is scarce today. Playing an important role in the nation’s rich currency heritage, and rarely offered in Australia today, this extensive collection offers a GB 1902-1910 EDWARD VII TYPE SET VG-F (7 coins)

A$

7950 7350

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AR808

wonderful overview of the circulating currency of Edward VII. A remarkably affordable acquisition, this historic set comprises seven Edward VII coins – the Farthing, Halfpenny, Penny, Threepence, Sixpence, Shilling and Florin. Graded from Very Good to Fine, we have only a small number of sets in stock, and, at just A$79.50, those sets are sure to be snapped up at speed.

From the War of the Roses

George III Silver!

Struck at the Calais Mint in France during the reign of Henry VI (1422-61, 147071), these Silver Groats were part the 324-coin Brackley Hoard unearthed in Northamptonshire in 2005. Buried in the 1460s during the War of the Roses – the dynastic wars between the houses of York and Lancaster – these authentic medieval hammered silver coins are in excellent F-VF.

Despite the fact that silver shortages during the late 18th century ensured that few silver denominations were struck, the coins of George III played a prominent role in the economy of early colonial Australia. A richly historic coin, we have the King George III silver Crown in stock, with this imposing coin GB 1818-1820 GEORGE III SILVER available in Very Good condition. CROWN VG

GB 1422-40 HENRY VI GROAT CALAIS MINT F-VF

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495 458

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125 115

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Valuable Aussie history…

The end of the line…

Following the passage of the 1826 Sterling Act, which declared British coinage to be the only legitimate currency in colonial Australia, George IV silver coins were brought into Australia in large numbers – such as the silver 1/- presented here. In Very Good condition, this unique piece of Australian GB 1825-29 GEORGE IV history represents outstanding value-forSHILLING VG money at less than A$25 apiece.

As with his brother (George IV) and father (George III), the silver coins of the last King from the House of Hanover, William IV, circulated extensively in Australia during the colonial period. Struck only from 1834 until the King’s death in 1837, we have GB 1834-37 WILLIAM the William IV Half Crown and Shilling IV HALF CROWN & in stock, with both sterling silver SHILLING PAIR VG coins in Very Good condition.

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2495 23

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AR804

The beauty of youth…

Barmaid’s Grief!

One of the longest running coin types in British history, struck for nearly five decades, the Younghead coinage of Queen Victoria would have been virtually the only currency known to Australians in the second half of the 19th GB 1839-87 century. Offering a fascinating connection QUEEN VICTORIA with our colonial heritage, we have the YOUNG HEAD 6d 1839-87 Younghead 6d and 1/- available & 1/- PAIR VG in highly collectable VG.

One of Britain’s briefest coinage issues, the Queen Victoria Double Florin was introduced as part of an attempt to decimalise British currency – something that did not ultimately take place until 1971! Nicknamed ‘Barmaid’s Grief’ due to its GB 1887-90 QUEEN similarity to the slightly larger Crown, this VICTORIA JUBILEE unique 36mm sterling silver coin was DOUBLE FLORIN VG issued only from 1887 to 1890.

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125 115

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All Blacks – back in all black! Stunning BLACK legal tender coin! One of the most dramatic, most effective applications of fullcolour we have seen, this stunning legal tender release forms a most fitting tribute to New Zealand’s world famous All Blacks. Crafted from pure .999 silver, the reverse has been finished in ‘all black’! a must-have for those drawn to the glories of full-colour minting.

A coin of striking contrasts, the reverse of this groundbreaking 40mm $1 combines a pure black background with New Zealand’s iconic silver fern – a key emblem of Kiwi national identity and the trademarked symbol of the All Blacks. However, although the backdrop of the coin looks all black, the application of this state-ofthe-art minting technology is much more subtle than that. When the coin is tilted at an angle, three additional black ferns shimmer against the matt black surface!

Whatever your reason, you will have to act fast if you want to secure this pioneering precious metal proof. Housed within a freestanding black acrylic panel, and then superbly presented within a black leatherette case, this unique 1oz .999 fine silver coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity confirming the tiny mintage of just 10,000. With the mintage so low, and demand sure to be huge, our allocation has been strictly limited.

The very first All Blacks legal tender coin, and an officially licensed All Blacks product, this spellbinding crownsized $1 is a release of tremendously broad appeal. Obviously a target for the millions of rugby fans across the globe, the 2011 $1 All Blacks 1oz Silver Proof is

9995

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92

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NZ 2011 $1 ALL BLACKS 1oz SILVER PROOF AR717

  First All Blacks legal tender coin – in ‘all black’!   Struck to Proof quality from 1oz of .999 fine silver   Worldwide mintage set at just 10,000 coins   Housed in a superb black leatherette case   Includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity The All Blacks logo is a registered trademark of the NZRU

Limited edition All Blacks PNC! Only the second official Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC) issued by New Zealand in five years – with the previous PNC selling out in three weeks! – this stunning limited edition commemorative also pays homage to the internationally renowned All Blacks.

NZ 2011 $1 ALL BLACKS PNC

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2950 27

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Strictly limited to a mintage of 10,000, this official, licensed New Zealand Rugby Union product is headlined by a one-year-only cupro-nickel $1. Struck to prooflike quality, this

sparkling legal tender issue is graced with the official All Blacks silver fern logo upon its 40mm flan, united with additional frosted silver ferns in the background. Set within a distinctive, official envelope, highlighted by the core values of the All Blacks, this eye-catching crown-sized coin

is complemented perfectly by the addition of two official All Blacks stamps. With the mintage strictly limited to just 10,000, a rapid sell-out is anticipated – especially given the value-for-money price!

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