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Stunning examples of the very last date in the King Edward VII Half Sovereign Series, each of the few 1910S Half Sovereigns we have in stock is in superb Choice Uncirculated condition.

Struck in tiny numbers from 1857 to 1866, the Sydney Mint Half Sovereign Type II is a tremendously rare, extremely historic Gold Rush issue. Top value at just A$395 – dates of our choice.

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One of only three Veiled Head Half Sovereign dates issued by the Melbourne Mint, the low-mintage 1896M (just 219,000 struck!) is highly sought after – especially in superb EF quality.

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One of the lowest mintage Australian Half Sovereign dates, with a mere 44,000 struck, the Edward VII 1909P is rarely available in premium grade EF, as here. Just five coins available!

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Across the spectrum of Australia’s predecimal and decimal banknote series, notes that were not intended to be issued for circulation – and yet were indeed issued – stand among the most valuable, most prestigious and most sought after types. In the modern era, Note Printing Australia, formerly the Note Printing Branch of the Reserve Bank of Australia, printed banknotes in runs of one million sheets. Although one might think that these sheets are printed with numbers going from lowest to highest, it is in fact the opposite, with the first sheet carrying the numbers ‘999999’, and the last sheet distinguished by numbers known as ‘million serials’ – ‘000000’. The last sheet, bearing the 000000 serials, is only used so as to enable the production of precisely one million sheets, and it has been common practice of NPA to destroy all 000000 numbered sheets. Historically, ‘zero numbered’ serials are only ever found on notes destined for archive as Specimens, or on notes produced by NPA for the RBA to offer at charity auctions. As outlined above, the custom of destroying the last sheet of a print run – the sheet bearing zero numbered notes – means that banknotes bearing the serials 000000 should never be found in circulation. An exceedingly rare event, the 000000 serial numbered Macfarlane/Henry $5 notes on offer here should have been destroyed at the end of the print run, and definitely should not have been issued for circulation. That these notes did indeed escape destruction, and were discovered in bundles intended for general public use, is an amazing occurrence – and represents a startling opportunity for the serious banknote collector or astute investor.

Accidental Heroes – Excessively Rare Pairs! A banknote offer unlike any we have had the pleasure to present in nearly 80 years in the industry, Downies is proud to give our clients the chance to own this unbelievably rare Australian decimal banknote Solid Serial numbered ‘pair of pairs’. A stunning presentation, this desirable set comprises two notes bearing the matching prefix BE, and carrying consecutive Solid Serials of 999999 and 000000. The perfect partner, the second pair features two notes bearing the matching prefix BF and the same startling Solid Serials – 999999 and 000000. As noted in the editorial at left, any note carrying the serials 000000 should simply not exist. Representing the last sheet

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of NPA’s traditional ‘million sheet print run’, every zero numbered note sheet is traditionally destroyed at the end of the production process. Thus, the sheet that comprised 2006 $5 Macfarlane/Henry 000000 Solid Serial notes should never have been cut into individual notes and been presented in bundles for general circulation. With only forty notes on a $5 sheet, and if, as is most likely, only one sheet of 000000 Macfarlane/Henry Solid Serial escaped quality control at NPA, that means that there are only forty examples of this 000000 note in existence! When you then consider that many of those notes may well have been issued for circulation, or lost or destroyed, the rarity of

this extraordinary Australian banknote is mind-blowing. The 999999 serial numbered notes are also extremely rare, because the 999999 numbered sheet is the very first on the printing presses – the time when the greatest number of notes are spoiled through over-inking. Representing rarity of epic proportions, such an astonishing set of 999999/000000 Solid Serial numbered notes is virtually never seen on the market – especially in strictly Uncirculated condition as seen here. For the serious banknote collector, this oncein-a-lifetime opportunity must not be missed!

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notes not intended for circulation! ‘000000’ serials! A note that shouldn’t exist! A sensational opportunity for just a couple of our clients, we also have two examples of the astonishingly rare 2006 $5 Macfarlane/Henry Solid Serial 000000 note available – in magnificent Uncirculated condition! Notes that should never have escaped from Note Printing Australia, the ‘000000’ or ‘million numbered’ sheet is the last of a million sheet printrun, and is virtually always destroyed. Intriguingly, 000000 notes might be procured at charity auctions, with the RBA donating 000000 numbered sheets for public sale to benefit benevolent causes, but that was not the case in 2006. The only denomination sold for charity in that year was a $20 sheet, meaning that the only 2006 $5 Macfarlane/ Henry 000000 notes that

exist have emerged from the accidental issue of the million numbered sheet. The most important, and the rarest, banknotes we have ever offered from the increasingly popular Solid Serial numbered field, these highly distinctive notes were retrieved from original NPA bundles and are therefore in superb Uncirculated condition. One to put away for the future, with million numbered notes in both the predecimal and decimal series commanding a significant premium over the long term – especially in pristine quality – we must advise you get your order in early. ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

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The perfect centrepiece to any serious banknote collection, this is the first time Downies has been in a position to offer this incredibly rare type

Sensational ‘000000’ million serial numbered notes – excessively rare! Pristine examples – available in strictly Uncirculated condition Issued during the final year of the Macfarlane/Henry signature combination A compelling acquisition for the serious collector, or eagle-eyed investor Just two examples in stock – immediate action an absolute must

An Australian rarity of the h Representing should never even the most visually appear on the dramatic of numerical market! With only combinations, and one 40-note sheet underpinned by known, issued extraordinary rarity, completely by we also have two other accident, the 2006 examples of the 2006 $5 Macfarlane/ $5 Macfarlane/Henry Henry Solid Serial Solid Serial 000000 000000 note is note available – each one of the rarest united with a matching polymer issues that prefix Solid Serial note you could acquire. bearing the numbers Wit h zero 999999! numbered notes Even a standard Solid representing the last Serial numbered note sheet of the million is produced only once sheet print run, what for every 100,000 better complement notes printed, but, as to this great polymer stated earlier, a million rarity than a note from numbered banknote the very FIRST sheet is at another level of of the same print run? rarity altogether – it Carrying matching

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serial prefixes, the 2006 $5 Macfarlane/ Henry 999999 Solid Serial numbered notes presented here are just such notes! Sourced from original NPA bundles, and in perfect Uncirculated

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condition, only immediate action will give you the chance to become the proud owner of one of the rarest decimal banknote pairs ever offered by Downies.

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The Wedding of the Year – in full-colour The only full-colour Australian legal tender tribute to the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, the Perth Mint’s stunning, beautifully presented commemorative has naturally commanded the interest of collector and noncollector alike – right across the globe. An exquisite example of the Perth Mint’s worldrenowned state-of-theart minting techniques, this majestic, imposing crownsized coin is graced ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

with a charming portrayal of the happy couple. United with a detailed, fully struck-up depiction of Westminster Abbey, where William and Catherine were married in April, the Royal Couple’s official engagement photo looks tremendous reproduced in fullcolour upon the 40.60mm flan of this enchanting 1oz .999 fine silver Proof. An extremely elegant presentation, each official Royal Wedding Silver Proof is set in an official Perth Mint case, housed in a white outer box distinguished by varnished stylised roses, and

embellished with silver-foiled lettering. A wonderful way to create a permanent record of this most joyous occasion in the history of the British Royal Family, each Australian legal tender coin is complete with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity, attesting to the strictly limited worldwide mintage of 12,500.

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2011 $1 ROYAL WEDDING 1oz SILVER PROOF Official Issue Price AS406

Each 40.60mm coin struck to Proof quality from 1oz .999 fine silver Australian legal tender – worldwide mintage restricted to just 12,500 Beautifully presented within an attractive, official Perth Mint case Complete with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity Available at the Perth Mint’s Official Issue Price!

Superb Unc quality!

Unique types! A RAM release of huge significance, the 2010 50c Royal Engagement Unc and the 2011 50c Royal Wedding Unc are a must-have for serious decimal enthusiasts. A riveting work of numismatic art, created by Australia’s master craftsman Stuart Devlin, the 2010 50c Engagement Unc features one of the most intricately detailed designs seen upon an Australian 50c commemorative. Graced with a superb portrayal of the happy couple, the 2011 50c Royal Wedding Unc is the perfect partner. Set in official packs, these unique Australian legal tender types are not to be issued for circulation, and are a must-have for a complete collection!

Great value at A$1.95 apiece, the 2011 20c Royal Wedding Unc is also available in RAM Rolls of 20 – set in a commemorative wrapper! Don’t miss the chance to keep your collection complete in pristine Unc quality!

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Official Australian PNC Royal Wedding tribute! The first Australian legal tender tribute to a British Royal Wedding since 1981, the 2011 50c Royal Wedding PNC represents a memorable, and extremely affordable, way for Australians to own a permanent record of the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. A must-have for collector and non-collector alike, this official commemorative release is distinguished by two official Australia Post stamps. Featuring an official photograph of the happy Royal Couple, the ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

60c and $2.25c stamps are set upon a beautifully designed official envelope, depicting the exterior of Britain’s Westminster Abbey. Set within a special insert depicting the ceiling of the famous Abbey, the presence of the Royal Australian Mint’s 2011 Royal Wedding 50c Unc makes this eye-catching release an absolutely crucial acquisition for coin collectors. Why? Because, essential for a complete collection, this one-year-only 50c type is not to be issued for circulation and will never be found in change!

Outstanding value-formoney at just A$17.95, this official PNC is an ideal complement to any of the plethora of official Royal Wedding commemoratives found on these pages.

A memorable way to celebrate this major landmark in the history of Great Britain and the Commonwealth, this official Australia Post PNC is fantastic value-for-money at just A$17.95 apiece

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An official Australian tribute to the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Headlined by the RAM’s unique 50c commemorative – not issued for circulation! Also features Australia Post’s official 60c and $2.25c commemorative stamps Well within your reach, this unique PNC is available at a very affordable A$17.95

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A precious pair… A glorious fusion of fine silver and pure gold, this pristine pair from the RAM forms the most prestigious Australian legal tender Royal Wedding tribute. A unique keepsake, the set comprises two precious metal 50c coins – Stuart Devlin’s intricately designed 2010 Royal Engagement 50c, and the Vladimir Gottwalddesigned 2011 Royal Wedding 50c. Crafted to Proof quality from .999 silver, the exquisite selective gold plating will catch the eye and win the heart of every collector. Certain to be in great demand, this official presentation has a mintage of just 10,000.

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2010-2011 50c ROYAL WEDDING GOLD PLATED COIN SET Official Issue Price AS295

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The 2011 Silver Proof Set – A fine addition to Australia’s premier annual silver series, the Royal Australian Mint’s 2011 Silver Proof Set is a triumph of the art of precious metal minting. Struck to the apex of Proof quality from pure, lustrous .999 silver, the unparalleled quality of the coins found in this lavish, exclusive presentation must be seen to be believed.

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Exquisite Proof quality… A comprehensive appreciation of Australia’s circulating coinage, the 2011 Silver Proof Set contains an example of each of Australia’s six current types – the Stuart Devlin-designed 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c and $1, allied with Horst Hahne’s $2. Featuring the traditional motif for its denomination, each coin has been struck on specially prepared dies from pure .999 silver, and is underpinned by acutely detailed, precisely frosted designs, set against the most immaculate of mirror fields.

A sumptuous, exclusive presentation… A fitting environment for such a prestigious collection, each 6-coin set is beautifully presented within a luxurious timber case, with the plush black surrounds providing a lovely contrast with the eye-catching lustre of the silver. Featuring a numbered plaque, each collection is also united with a matching numbered Certificate of Authenticity, confirming the extremely low worldwide mintage of 6,000.

Act at Official Issue Price! As luxurious, as flawless and as beautifully presented as its rarely offered, hotly pursued predecessors, this exclusive Australian legal tender collection is sure to be just as sought after. Guarantee supply at the Mint’s Official Issue Price!

Tiny worldwide mintage restricted to just 6,000 sets! Encompasses six Proof quality .999 silver coins Housed in a timber case with a numbered plaque Includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity Offered at the RAM’s Official Issue Price!

Worldwide mintage Capturing the proud heritage and unique culture of the Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand’s first ever collection of its circulating currency in pure .999 silver is an inspiring collector release. Issued to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the issue of New Zealand’s $1 and $2 coins, in 1991, this magnificent set is a must-have for anyone interested in Australia’s new 2011 Silver Proof Set. Defined by flawless quality, impeccable purity, superb presentation and extremely limited

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a triumph of the minter’s art… Denomination Diameter (mm) Mass (g) 5c 19.41 3.24 10c 23.60 6.57 20c 28.52 13.36 50c 31.51 18.24 $1 25.00 11.66 $2 20.50 8.55

The 1c and 2c in silver!

A glorious oppo rt to secure all ei unity ght traditional deci mal denominations in pure .999 silver, the RAM’s 2011 2-Coin Si lver Proof Set is the cons um complement to mate the 2011 Silver Proof Se t. Launched in ho nour of the 21st annive rsary of the announcem ent cessation of prod of the uction of Australia’s br onze coinage, this af ford 2-coin set repres able en of very few occa ts one sions that the 1c and 2c ha ve been struck in Silver Proof. Designed by Au stralian master craftsm an, Stuart Devlin, and issue d from the start of deci mal currency until 19 91 Feather-tailed G , the lider 1c and Frilled Neck Li 2c look sensatio zard nal struck to this rigorous standard from pure precio us metal. An exclusive pr esentation, with the mintage just

Struck to Proof quality, each coin is crafted from pure .999 silver

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just 1,200! availability, New Zealand’s very first Silver Proof Set includes five legal tender coins. Encompassing the 10c, 20c, 50c, $1 and $2, the distinctive, richly historic designs of New Zealand’s circulating coinage have never looked better than when crafted from pure .999 silver. Struck by the Royal Dutch Mint, the five Proof coins are set in an official case, complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. That Certificate confirms the mintage of this important presentation – a mintage restricted to just 1,200! With demand

for recent New Zealand legal tender releases reaching unprecedented levels, this tiny limited edition is somewhat of a shock. The powerful initial demand is no shock at all, and with our tiny allocation already significantly depleted, the chance to own this spectacular Silver Proof Set diminishes by the day.

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6,000, this high ly desirable precio us pair is set in a tim metal ber case, with a nu mbered plaque beneath the handcrafted lid.

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Denomination Diameter (mm) Mass (g) 10c 20.50 4.37 20c 22.75 5.30 50c 24.75 6.59 $1 23.00 10.73 $2 26.50 14.12 Each coin is struck to Proof quality from pure .999 silver.

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Santa Maria! Just 5,000 struck!

Sure to be as popular with maritime enthusiasts as much as coin collectors, this exclusive .999 fine Silver Proof from the Perth Mint carries a striking design of the Santa Maria upon its broad crown-sized flan

An extremely exclusive precious metal Proof, with a mere 5,000 struck, the first coin in the Ships that Changed the World Silver Proof Series honours one of history’s most famous seafaring vessels – Christopher Columbus’ Santa Maria. The Santa Maria was the biggest ship Columbus employed in 1492-93 for the first of his famous voyages of exploration. It was on this voyage that he discovered islands off America, before setting foot on the continent on his third journey. Although not the first European to reach the

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Americas, Columbus’ voyages represent the true starting point of the exploration and colonisation of the New World. Depicting the Santa Maria in full sail, united with a full-colour world map, this 40.60mm .999 silver Proof is sure to be highly sought after – as with the first coin in any series. ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

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TUVALU 2011 $1 SHIPS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD - SANTA MARIA 1oz SILVER PROOF Official Issue Price AS451

Struck to Proof quality from 1oz .999 silver Exclusive! Tiny worldwide mintage set at just 5,000 coins Beautifully presented in an attractive, official Perth Mint case Complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

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This 70mm x 285mm 7.3oz brass replica of SUNDIAL COMPASS an antique REPLICA sundial SH045 with an internal magnetic compass is a genuine, HALF PRICED working timepiece! TO CLEAR! Now A$40 off! WAS A$7995!

Housed in a timber chest, this real, functioning antique brass telescope replica measures 395mm and is set in a cross-stitched leather sheath! Normally A$75!

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Instantly sold out! The latest in one of the world’s hottest collector programs, we are delighted to be one of the few in a position to offer the 2011 $10 Vittorio Veneto Battleship 2oz Silver Proof! This was no easy task as, with its predecessors sold out at speed, this diamond-shaped coin was always destined to provoke huge demand – and so it proved. Honouring the Vittorio Veneto – a key battleship used by the Royal Italian Navy in WWII, named after a famous Italian WWI victory – the

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mintage of 1,000 was devastated as quickly as its forerunners. Depicting the Vittorio Veneto upon its 42mm x 42mm flan, and embellished with gold, each 2oz .999 silver Proof is set in a case with a Certificate attesting to the mintage of 1,000. Just a few examples in stock!

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Immediate action a must! With interest in the Perth Mint’s Sea Life I Series reaching unprecedented levels, it’s no surprise that initial demand for the first Sea Life II coin has been very strong. In large part, that is due to the inherent quality of this exclusive precious metal coin. Struck to Proof quality from 1/2oz of pure .999 silver, and distinguished by the Mint’s expert application of full-colour, this near crown-sized

36.60mm legal tender issue forms a truly eyecatching tribute to the endangered Hawksbill Turtle. With the mintage just 10,000, and each Sea Life I coin rising in value – the Lionfish, sold out in one week, is worth A$185 – secure your coin at Official Issue Price!

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Pirate’s plunder!

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Top value! An official legal tender release, this stunning presentation features ten unique 23.98mm 25c Unc coins – each handenameled in full-colour and bearing a design of one the world’s most infamous pirates! Uniting to form a very impressive collection, the 10-coin set is housed within an attractive series case with a Certificate of Authenticity confirming the extremely exclusive mintage of just 5,000. Sensational valuefor-money at an average price of less than A$8 per coin!

Conjuring up thoughts of buried treasure, shipwrecks and bloodthirsty pirates, this pack of Spanish Silver ‘Pieces of Eight’ and Gold Doubloon replicas represents a tremendously affordable opportunity to enjoy the coins most associated with the Golden Age of Piracy.

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Rare Sea Life! With the mintages of 10,000 apiece sold out at super speed at the Perth Mint, these glorious 36.60mm 1/2oz .999 silver full-colour Proofs from the Sea Life I Series are rarely offered. Just a few examples in stock – each set in a case with a Certificate.

Each replica pack comprises three Silver Pieces of Eight and three Gold Doubloons – all for just A$14.95!

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The Golden Age of Piracy TUVALU 2011 $1 HENRY MORGAN THE PIRATE BU

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Struck to Brilliant Uncirculated quality from al-bronze, and superbly embellished with full-colour Official legal tender of Tuvalu, each coin carries the Maklouf portrait of Elizabeth II on the obverse Official Perth Mint issues – each measuring 30.60mm in diameter Housed in colourful, official Perth Mint packs – and sensational value-for-money at Official Issue Price

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An affordable way to enjoy the Perth Mint’s full-colour minting, and the perfect gift for the younger collector, this official legal tender series represents a rich insight into the Golden Age of Piracy. Measuring 30.60mm, and a steal at just A$14.95 apiece, the four coins in the series honour some of the most notorious characters of the era – Blackbeard (16801718), Henry Morgan

(1635-88), Calico Jack (1682-1720) and Black Bart (1682-1722). Also an innovative presentation, each coin is set in an official card that, when united with the other four coins in the series, forms a fantastic pirate montage!

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The Butterfly has landed! Stunning 3D minting innovation!

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An official legal tender coin of the Republic of Cameroon, our tiny allocation of this highly original full-colour 3D butterfly coin will be devastated by demand – don’t let this opportunity flutter by!

An outstanding opportunity to experience one of the latest, and greatest, innovations in modern numismatics, Downies is proud to present this spectacular 3D tribute to the Brushfooted Butterfly! The result of an amazing new minting technique, it looks as though this mesmerising butterfly has just landed on the coin! The brush-footed butterfly, ‘Charaxes fournierae’, is a member of the Nymphalidae family, and is found in the tropical regions of Central Africa. Notable for it’s very small forelegs, and consequently also known as the ‘four-footed’ butterfly, this distinctive species

forms a dramatic subject for a fullcolour coin. Arrayed with a bold black, orange and gold pattern, the Brush-footed Butterfly looks magnificent portrayed in full-colour upon the broad 38.61mm flan of this exclusive legal tender coin. A completely new visual effect, creating the most lifelike tribute that one could imagine, the Brush-footed Butterfly has been produced in 3D – with its wings poised above the shimmering surfaces of this eyecatching 25g sterling silver Proof. Causing a major stir when unveiled recently, it was no shock that the mintage of 2,500 was sold out in record time, and we only have a tiny number of coins available.

Incredible value at under A$80!

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2010 $1 YOUNG COLLECTORS BACKYARD BUGS COLLECTION Official Issue Price AR382

Official Australian legal tender issues, each 30.60mm BU coin carries the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II upon the obverse

Whether to share your love of coin collecting with the younger brigade, or to secure a wide range of one-yearonly Australian legal tender types, the 2010 $1 Young Collectors Backyard Bugs BU Set is perfect – and perfectly priced! An official Perth Mint release, this presentation is headlined by nine official, unique Australian legal tender coins – each depicting one of Australia’s celebrated ‘backyard bugs’. Beautifully designed and superbly struck to the Mint’s rigorous BU

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standards, these detailed, interesting coins make the set a must-have for traditional Australian collectors. Moreover, with bugs, beetles and butterflies of huge fascination to children of all ages, this collection represents the perfect gift – especially given the price! Considering the amazing array of features – illustrated album, informative booklet and Certificate of Authenticity, range of bug stickers, Ladybird poster and magnifying glass – as well as NINE Perth Mint BU $1 coins! – the Official Issue Price of just A$79.95 represents unbeatable collector value.

Scarce Copper in Silver! Capturing the glorious copper hues of a truly eye-catching species, this 38.61mm 28.28g sterling silver Proof from the Mint of Poland honours one of the world’s most beautiful butterflies – the Scarce Copper. Part of a mintage of 8,000, we have just a few coins left in stock – each in an official case with a Certificate.

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Mintage already spoken for! The second issue of the Royal Canadian Mint’s stunning new silver wildlife series, the 2011 $5 Grizzly Bear 1oz Silver BU is now available – but for how long? The first in the series, honouring the noble wolf, was wiped out by demand, and this

brilliantly designed new Silver BU has provoked just as much interest. Indeed, although the limited edition has been set at a seemingly generous one million coins, the total mintage has already been fully allocated! Struck from 1oz of .9999 fine silver – the world’s highest

level of silver purity – our allocation of the 38mm 2011 $5 Grizzly Bear 1oz Silver BU is necessarily tiny. Act now!

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BU quality from a troy ounce of .999 silver – excellent value-for-money MEXICO 2011 LIBERTAD A$ 57 1oz SILVER BU

GB 2011 £2 BRITANNIA A$ 58 SILVER BU

AS155

AS289

China 2011 Panda 10Y

Canada 2011 Maple Leaf $5

■■ A unique 40mm legal tender tribute to the

rare, endangered Panda

■■ Bearing Canada’s key symbol of national

identity – the Maple

■■ Struck to BU quality from 1oz .999 silver –

must-have collector piece

AS154

■■ Official legal

tender of Somalia – comprises 1oz of .999 fine silver

AS290

AS152

■■ Bears famous

affordable 40mm BU tribute to this gargantuan African beast

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Austria 2011 1.5€ Philharmonic

■■ Superb,

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USA 2011 $1 EAGLE 1oz SILVER BU

AS153

Somalia 2011 Elephant 100Sh

SOMALIA 2011 100Sh ELEPHANT 1oz SILVER BU

■■ Measuring 40mm, the $1 Eagle 1oz BU is

struck from .999 silver

CANADA 2011 $5 MAPLE A$ 55 LEAF 1oz SILVER BU

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■■ Official US Mint issue, known as the world’s

most collected coin

■■ Struck to .9999 purity, each 1oz BU $5

measures 38mm in diameter

CHINA 2011 10 YUAN PANDA 1oz SILVER BU

USA 2011 Eagle $1

Philharmonic design, so well known from Austria’s gold series

■■ Measuring 37mm

AUSTRIA 2011 1.5€ PHILHARMONIC 1oz SILVER BU

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AS291

in diameter, each coin is struck from 1oz of .999 silver

Australia 2011 Koala $1 ■■ Unique tribute to Australia’s iconic Koala –

struck by Perth Mint ■■ Australian legal tender, each 40mm $1

comprises 1oz .999 silver 2011 $1 KOALA 1oz SILVER BU AR598

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Hot Hundreds in

PURE GOLD! A sensational way to enjoy the distinctive designs of Australia’s highest denomination note, we have just received fresh stock of Australia’s paper and polymer $100 note types – crafted from SOLID, GENUINE, PURE .999 GOLD! Made to the same specifications as the original legal tender issues, this unique presentation comprises faithful recreations of Australia’s first paper $100 and current polymer $100. Issued under the Johnston/ Stone (1984) and Macfarlane/Evans (1998) signature combinations respectively, these key types instantly catch the eye crafted from the world’s favourite precious metal. The perfect addition to the home or office, each double-sided note is

protected for the longterm within a sturdy, double-sided Perspex frame, complete with a display stand. A truly amazing collector release, do not miss this surprisingly affordable opportunity to be one of very few people to own Australia’s $100 notes in pure .999 gold. ■■

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Each double-sided note a faithful recreation of the original Beautifully presented within individual Perspex frames Absolutely perfect for display in the home or office! Excellent value-formoney at less than A$200 apiece

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$100 AUSTRALIA PAPER GOLD NOTE AQ030

$100 AUSTRALIA POLYMER GOLD NOTE AQ031

Golden opportunity… It used to be the case that the USA, like Australia, backed the issue of its banknotes with gold, promising that the value of each note could be redeemed at the national treasury. Representing purity, presentation and prestige in equal parts, this innovative US $100 note is not backed by gold – it’s actually MADE FROM REAL .999 GOLD! Certain to amaze friends, family and business associates alike, this highly original release combines the worldfamous beauty of the USA’s $100 note with the lustrous quality of genuine .999 fine gold.

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Created and designed with display in the home or office in mind, each pure gold banknote is presented within a Perspex frame, complete with an interlocking stand. Whether you see this extraordinary release as a unique addition to your collection, or a truly distinctive gift for another, the US $100 Gold Note represents a golden opportunity for our clients at less than A$200.

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US $100 GOLD NOTE AO728

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Complete collection in real, pure .999 GOLD! The eye-catching beauty of Australia’s decimal banknotes is world-renowned, and yet they have never looked better than this! A highly distinctive addition to any collection, this breathtaking presentation features five Australian notes – each impeccably crafted from SOLID, GENUINE .999 GOLD! A prestigious opportunity for any collector, regardless of your traditional interest, this astonishing release comprises the five current banknote denominations – $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Made to exactly the same specifications as the original polymer ■■ ■■ ■■ ■■

legal tender issues – barring the fact that they are made from pure .999 gold, of course! – the designs of Australia’s banknotes look utterly sensational when precisely crafted from the world’s favourite precious metal. Individually superb, these spellbinding gold notes move to a new level when united as a complete collection. A presentation created with quality as the guiding light, guaranteed to add a touch of class to your home or office, this 5-note set is housed within a sturdy, Perspex frame, ready to hang upon the wall. In addition, with the frame offering ‘see-bothsides’ capacity, you can

choose which sides of the notes you wish to display! Absolutely outstanding value-for-money at an average price of just A$139 per note, and a must-have for anyone seeking that ‘something different’ for their collection, this is your chance to be among the privileged few people to own Australian banknotes crafted from real, pure .999 gold. Don’t miss this stunning opportunity!

A$

695

$5-$100 GOLD NOTES FRAMED SET AO727

Superb examples of Australia’s five current banknotes – in .999 gold! Double-sided, each note is an accurate recreation of the original Beautifully presented within a see-both-sides Perspex frame Bring a touch of class to your home or office!

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Tiny mintage just 2,000 coins! Honouring Ted Colson (18811950) – the first European to cross the Simpson Desert, in 1936 – this legal tender coin has been, as anticipated, the subject of substantial demand. With the mintage set at a mere 2,000, time is of the essence for those of our clients still to guarantee supply of this outstanding 75th anniversary tribute. One of the unsung heroes of Australian exploration, Colson trekked by camel from northwest of Oodnadatta to Birdsville, and back again, in just 36 days, covering nearly 900km of mostly unexplored terrain. Bearing a fine portrait of this

Despite being told that it was impossible, and with little support and no prospect of financial reward, Ted Colson set off on his bid to cross the Simpson Desert on 26 May 1936. Relying solely on his compass, Colson trekked across the inhospitable landscape with great accuracy, and, having clambered over a thousand steep, red sand-ridges, he marched into Birdsville a week earlier than expected. He soon set off on the return journey, and when he arrived on 29 June 1936, he had covered nearly 900km of largely unexplored country, becoming the first European to cross the Simpson Desert.

burly, cheerful, unassuming Aussie pioneer, this 38.61mm full-colour coin captures both the hypnotic beauty and hostile nature of the Australian hinterland he crossed. Struck by Swiss precious metal specialists Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (PAMP), the mintage of this .999 fine silver Proof has been set at just 2,000. A major underestimation of demand given interest in Australian exploration, and the seemingly insatiable appetite of collectors for full-colour coins honouring Australia and its icons, initial demand supports our original view that a sell-out is inevitable. With the mintage already severely depleted, you must not ignore what is sure to be one of few remaining opportunities to secure this coin at Official Issue Price!

 Exclusive! Tiny worldwide mintage restricted to just 2,000 coins!  Struck to immaculate Proof quality from a troy ounce of .999 fine silver  Beautifully presented within the plush confines of a large, stylish case  Accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity  Struck by PAMP as official Niue legal NIUE 2011 $2 1st CROSSING tender – spans 38.61mm OF THE SIMPSON DESERT in diameter 1oz SILVER PROOF

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Official Issue Price SH088

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TII tribute – Judgment Day for collectors! Mintage just 2,011 sets! Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of one of the most influential works in the sci-fi genre – a film having a massive impact on popular culture and the use of computer generated graphics within cinema – this stunning fullcolour coin collection pays homage to Terminator II: Judgment Day. The first film to cost over US$100m to produce – but a film that brought in US$500m at the box office – Terminator II, or ‘TII’ as it is known, took future Californian

key scenes of the film, and highlights the film’s two key characters – the original T800 Terminator, played by Schwarzenegger, as well as the Cyborg T1000. Capturing the movie’s technical brilliance, this spellbinding legal tender collection is a must-have for movie buff and coin collector alike. Housed in a series case in the style of the CPU chip from the film, and taken from a tiny mintage of just 2,011, our allocation of this superb presentation is necessarily tiny.

A$

295

COOK ISLANDS 2011 $5 TERMINATOR 2 THREE-COIN COLLECTION AS274

Sci-fi no longer !

The King of Sci-Fi!

Once confined to the bronze, blue, pink world of scienc , purple e fiction, and copper. Amaz the latest coin in ingly, the Austria’s final nature of that sh Silver/Niobium immer Series is a effe ct is unique tribute to robotics the flo determined by – an apt subjec w of metal du t fo striking, meaning ring of the world’s m r one th ost two coins will be at no technologically the same! advanced collector progra Comprising 7.15 ms. g 99.8% niobium, encircle The most eye-ca d by a 9g tching coin 90% in the series, the silver ring, each 25€ is oxidised set in an official surface of the nio case with bium a Certificate confirm core shimmers wi th a mintage of 65,000 ing the cornucopia of co . lours –

ent honour of the most rec ry da en The star of one of the leg the version of mm truly great pieces of tale, this dramatic 38.74 the – a em cin gic tra early sci-fi the res coin captu his 1932 film that carried hero’s repressed rage of rd Lo as ll we name – as perfectly. An official ter the Rings director Pe legal tender issue of 05 Jackson’s hi-tech 20 , struck by quite New Zealand re-make, King Kong n Perth Mint, ow ’s alia str Au e literally towers abov within set is each coin ce his rivals in the scien icial pack, featuring off an fiction genre. full-colour images and film. Official King Kong information about the in d ue iss , ilia rab memo

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Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the height of silver screen superstardom. Acclaimed by movie-goers and critics alike – in no small part due to the radical technical advances such as the liquid and morphing effects used in the creation of the evil Cyborg T1000 – TII won four Oscars. An official legal tender issue of the Cook Islands, and a potent mixture of traditional numismatic sculpture and glorious full-colour, this unique collection forms a dramatic tribute to this legendary work of sci-fi cinema. Struck from 25g of sterling silver, and measuring a crown-sized 38.61mm in diameter, each of the three Proof coins in this exclusive release honours one of the

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29

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AUSTRIA 2011 25 ROBOTICS SILV € ER & NIOBIUM BU AS005

NZ 2005 $1 KING KONG BRONZE BU AL269

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Hitting the heights in High Relief! Mintage just 2,000! Distinguished by a brilliant new design, but defined by the same, incomparable standard of strike, the 2011 $100 Koala High Relief 1oz Gold Proof is yet another example of the Perth Mint’s pre-eminent precious metal minting. Representing the pinnacle of Gold Proof coinage in Australia, the 2011 $100 Koala High Relief 1oz Gold Proof is instantly set apart from ‘normal’ Gold Proof strikes due

to the extraordinary depth and detail in the designs. The Perth Mint has used an extra thick 5mm planchet to enable the high relief strike, and the effect of this rigorous standard of minting is immediately obvious to the eye. Bearing a unique, one-year-only portrayal of an adult and a young koala, united with the portrait of Elizabeth II, the reverse and obverse designs leap out dramatically from the pristine mirrored fields. An Australian legal tender coin of great quality, enormous prestige and exquisite presentation, this weighty, chunky .9999 gold Proof is also notable for the extremely limited availability. Sure to be as sought after as its predecessors in this unrivalled precious metal program, just 2,000

Exclusive, yet affordable

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275

A$

2,700

2011 $100 KOALA HIGH RELIEF 1oz GOLD PROOF Official Issue Price AS521

Within your reach!

n United by the ofte of s nt me opposing ele r-fo lue va g din outstan limited ly ict str d an y ne mo rth Mint’s availability, the Pe oz Gold 10 1/ ala Ko 5 2011 $1 Issue ial Proof has an Offic – and an 5 27 A$ ly Price of on age of just incredibly low mint 5,000! any gold A fine acquisition for onally ati ern int collector, the the of tus sta d renowne kes this a iconic koala also ma ctively tin dis , us prestigio nds and frie for t gif ie ss Au An s. ea ers contacts ov r coin, de ten al leg an ali Austr Proof of h nit struck to the ze pure of z 0o 1/1 m quality fro mm .10 .9999 gold, each 16 case al ici off an $15 is set in icate rtif Ce d ere mb nu with a of Authenticity.

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2011 $5 KOALA 1/25oz GOLD PROO F Official Issue Price AS523

2011 $15 KOALA F 1/10oz GOLD PROO Official Issue Price AS522

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examples of the 2011 $100 Koala High Relief 1oz Gold Proof have been struck – each housed in a luxurious Perth Mint case. ■■ Struck to High Relief Proof quality from 1oz .9999 fine gold ■■ Official Australian legal tender – mintage just 2,000 coins! ■■ Measures 27.30mm in diameter – and a chunky 5mm thick! ■■ Set in an official case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

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Giving all Australi ans the opportunity to experience the un iqu beauty, luxury and e prestige of the wo rld’s favourite precious metal, the 2011 $5 Koala 1/25oz Gold Proof represents your big ch ance to enjoy this prem ier metal series withou precious t breaking the bank. Sure to be targeted by modern coin collectors, as well as those seeking an affordab le yet prestigious Aussie gift, the price of A$136 means no one need miss out! A miniature masterpiec e, graced with the sa me detailed design tha t underpins the serie s, this 14.60mm diameter .9999 gold Proof is set in an official Perth Mint ca se a Certificate of Authe with nti confirming the minta city ge of 15,000.

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Mid-June Money 2011