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PURE .99999 GOLD and a REAL diamond! Am Among the most prestigious Diamond p Jubilee legal tender J tributes, this new Proof t from the Royal Canadian Mint M is defined by pure .99999 gold, a REAL . diamond and extremely d limited availability. lim
Struck into the 25mm flan, the addition of this most precious of gems forms the perfect tribute to the 60th anniversary of the reign of Elizabeth II. Complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and a Diamond Authenticity Certificate, and set in a Mint case, our allocation from the mintage of 1,500 has been restricted to just FIVE coins!
A spectacular sp work of precious metal minting, this innovative coin from 22 grams of .99999 is crafted cra gold – the highest level of purity Arrayed with in numismatics! n a magnificent portrayal of tthe young Queen Elizabeth II on the reverse, this ‘double-effigy’ $300 llegal tender type is most nnotable for the imposing 0.11-0.14ct round brilliant 0. cut rreal Canadian diamond.
Official British tribute!
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yearFeaturing not one but TWO unique, oneond Diam al offici in’s po aits, Brita only portr Jubilee commemorative has proved Jubi extraordinarily popular. A permanent, ex oofficial and very affordable record of o this major milestone in British history, each 38.61mm £5 British legal tendeer coin is beautifully n within an presented illus rated, informative illust offici of al Royal Mint pack p .
with a faultless recreation of Graced wit m Dargie’s famous ‘wattle Willia Will Sir painting’ of the young Queen Elizabeth II, the Perth Mint’s Eliz official Diamond Jubilee tribute of is a masterpiece of precious meta m l minting. Struck from 1oz .999 fine silver, each 40.60mm A ralian legal tender coin is Aust housed in an official case with Certificate of Authenticity a Cert con rming the mintage confi of just 7,500 – sure to s out. sell
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One of the Big Hits of 2008! SELDOM SEEN ON THE MARKET TODAY… Y… A formidable fusion of purity, presentation, vibrant full-colour and strictly limited availability, the $1 Early Governors of Australia 1oz Silver Proof Collection was one of the biggest hits of 2008. Seldom seen on the market, we are delighted to be in a position to once again highlight the unique qualities of this stunning tribute to Australia’s early leaders. A visually spectacular, exclusive presentation, with a mintage of just 1,808, the 2008 $1 Early Governors of Australia 1oz Silver Proof Collection was issued for the bicentenary of Australia’s only successful military uprising – the 1808 Rum Rebellion. A rich exploration of Australia’s colonial heritage, honouring some of the most important characters of early Australian history, the set pays homage to the first five Governors of New South Wales – Arthur Phillip, John Hunter, Philip Gidley King, William Bligh and Lachlan Macquarie. Distinguished by a commanding high relief portrait of one of these powerful characters, each Perth Mint-struck full-colour 40mm .999 silver 1oz Proof is a triumph of numismatic art. Individually eye-catching, these coins look sensational when united as a complete collection. Providing an appropriate environment for coins that take the collector on a journey through the early chapters of Australian history, the set of five is housed in a unique book-style case. Crafted from timber, with a leatherette cover, gold embossing and brass edges, the case undoubtedly enhances the collector value of this release.
Also accompanied by a detailed 8-page historical booklet, incorporating an individually serialnumbered Certificate of Authenticity, this unparalleled presentation represents a compelling chronicle of Australia’s colonial heritage – and a collector presentation of the highest calibre. An exclusive collection, with the mintage restricted to just 1,808 sets Comprises five immaculate, full-colour, 40mm .999 silver 1oz Proofs Struck by Australia’s own Perth Mint as official Tuvalu legal tender Beautifully presented within an innovative book-style case Includes an 8pp booklet incorporating a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
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AUSTRALIAN ICONS IN FULL-COLOUR! AUS JUST 2,500 SETS ISSUED! Australia’s transformation from a shambolic penal colony into a thriving, united nation is one of the most intriguing chapters of Australian history. Unique, historic and, with just 2,500 sets issued, very exclusive, this affordable presentation honours some of the key characters behind that transformation.
Nation Builders… From politics to exploration, from agricultural development to literature, from the discovery of gold to the performance arts, the Australian nation was built from the contributions from a range of individuals across a wide array of fields. Genuine icons of Australian history, and still household names today, Arthur Phillip, William Bligh, Joseph Banks, Matthew Flinders, Elizabeth Macarthur, Peter Lalor, Edward Hargraves, Ned Kelly, Banjo Paterson and Nellie Melba are all honoured in this collection.
Genuine Halfpennies, Genuine Gold! Enshrining this array of important Australian characters in legal tender, this new release comprises ten genuine George VI predecimal halfpennies. Finished in real gold, each George VI halfpenny bears a full-colour design of one of the aforementioned colonial luminaries upon its 25.50mm diameter flan, with each design protected by a layer of clear enamel.
A Fine Presentation… Enabling the full enjoyment of this historic presentation, each 10-coin set is housed within a black case, and is accompanied by a detailed information booklet. Outlining the story of each of the iconic colonial figures celebrated in the set, the booklet is also individually numbered, attesting to the limited edition of just 2,500.
An Exclusive Opportunity! Given the affordability of the Road to Federation Goldplated Halfpenny Collection – available at under A$10 per full-colour coin! – the limited edition of 2,500 is surprisingly low. With this historic presentation sure to be targeted by a broad cross-section of the community, we urge our clients to place an early order.
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Australia – a nation The Complete Perth Mint Half Sovereign Typeset! With lower mintages and higher circulation rates than the full Sovereign, Australian Half Sovereigns are scarce and desirable in any grade. A key element of Australia’s golden heritage, we have been able to assemble a small number of sets comprising all three half sovereign types struck at the Perth Mint! The Perth Mint, launched amid much fanfare in June of 1899, struck its very first half sovereign in 1900. With Queen Victoria passing away in January of 1901, the 1900P Half Sovereign was rendered a unique, one-year-only issue, and is one year considered one of the cons most mo important coins of the 1855-1918 Half Sovereign Series. S Distinguished by the D superb Veiled Head su portrait of the longpo reigning reign monarch, and defined by a tiny mintage of 119,000, this crucial date is included in this collection in highly collectable
Fine to Very Fine condition. Before the series concluded in 1918, the Perth Mint struck half sovereigns for both Edward VII (in 1904, 1908 and 1909) and George V (in 1911, 1915 and 1918). As with the one-year-only Queen Victoria issue, the mintages of half sovereigns struck during the reigns of her son and grandson were minuscule. On average, just 43,000 half sovereigns per year were struck for Edward VII, with the George V annual average a mere 89,400! Both the Edward VII and George V half sovereign types are included in this set – dates of our choice – with the former in Fine and the latter in Extremely Fine. Uniting beauty, history, luxury and scarcity – with so many coins from the tiny mintages lost to the melting pot – the complete 1900-18 Perth Mint Half Sovereign Typeset represents a prestigious acquisition for any collector.
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The First Young Head Shield Sovereign! One of the most important dates across the entire 1855-1931 Australian Gold Sovereign Series, we have in stock a few examples of the very first Young Head Shield Gold Sovereign struck by the Sydney Mint – the celebrated 1871S!
and/or St George reverse, the Mint chose both, with the very first Shield Sovereign struck in 1871. Defined by the armorial magnificence of the reverse, and the splendid youthful portrait of Queen Victoria, the 1871S Sovereign is naturally hotly pursued for the tremendous beauty of the designs. Indeed, the Shield sovereign was and is still considered to be among the most Bearing highly distinctive designs, beautiful gold coins in the history intended to distinguish the coins of numismatics, with its popularity from allegedly superior British issues, across the Empire seeing a huge the Sydney Mint’s first sovereign number shipped overseas in the 19th series ran from 1855 until 1870. century – exacerbating the scarcity of However, when authorities in London the type today. discovered that the 1855-70 Sydney Highly sought after as the ‘first of Mint Sovereigns were actually its kind’, we have this symbolic, preferred to their British counterparts, immensely historic date available in a directive was issued to the Mint highly collectable Fine to Very Fine that it was only to strike sovereigns quality. bearing standard British designs. Given the option of using the Shield
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built from gold… Lowest mintage Perth sovereign!
Superb aUnc quality! As with so many 1920s sov ereign dates, the 19233M is defined by a low mintage and extremely infrequent appear ances on the market – irrespective of th the grade. WW W I had a severe impact on the Em E pire’s gold coin production –– the Royal Mint didn’t beg in sstriking sovereigns again unt il 1925 – but Australian mints did pro – duce sovereigns in limited number s in the afterrmath of the war. A mere 511,000 sovereigns were struck at the Melbourne Mint in 19 1923, for example, and with such a large if uunkknown number of 1920s sovereigns melte lted down and used to satisfy foreign de debt, it’s no shock that we rarely get th the chance to offer the 192 3M. A fantastic and – at just A$5 25 aapiece – astonishingly afforda ble oopportunity for our clients, we have sseven about Uncirculated exa mples in stock.
Acknowledged as scarce, esp ecially in the upp u er echelons of quality, we have se secured a small number of the Perth M Mint’s lowest mintage sovere ign –– the 1928P – in Uncirculate d condition! Beyond its status as the low est m mintage issue of the Perth Mint’s 11899-1931 Sovereign Series, with jus just 133,000 coins struck, the 1928P is im important as the very last sov ereign to ca carry the original larger por trait of Georg rge g V. A truly beautiful coin ge when found in the superb state of preservation seen here, we have just a few examples of this crucial, low-mintage date aavailable in lustrous Uncircu lated qquality.
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Tiny mintage! Struck aat the Melbourne Min t at the height of th the Great Depression, the 193 0M Sov So ereign proved to be the penultimate dat d e of the Australian 1855-1 931 Sov S ereign Series. Highly sou ght after regardless of the grade, we have this hist h oric 22-carat gold coin in lovely, lust l rous Extremely Fine con dition. As A with many sovereign dat es in the yea ye rs leading to the end of the series, the 193 1 0M Sovereign is notorio us for the tinyy min mi tage. Indeed, a mere 77, 000 coins were stru sttrucck at the Melbourne Min making the 1930M Australia’s t in 1930, second-lowest mintag t e sovereign issue. Featuri ng the St George & the Dragon rev erse, and one o of only three dates dist inguished by the modified portrait of George V, this key date is considered scarce in Extremely Fine condition as here. Sur S prisingly affordable give n the low m tage min and superb EF qua q lity, we have just a 1930M GEORGE V few feew examples SOVEREIGN EF ava a ilable.
Undermined by the global financial crisis engeendered by WWI, and by the Great Depression, the Australian sovereign se ies came to an end in 193 ser 1. S dom seen in premium gra Sel de, w have the very last sovere we ign d e struck at the Melbourn dat e Mint i Uncirculated quality! in H Hotly pursued for its ‘last issu e’ status, the 1931M Sovereign is also notab able as having the lowest recorded minta tage of the entire 1855-1931 Sovereig ign ggn S Series. With just 58,000 coi ns struck ck, this key date is naturally rare in the Uncirculated quality see n here. Distinguished by full mint blo Di om and ssharp detail, our small stock will be ssnapped up in days.
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TE! E L P M O C – es ri Se ow Sh A D N A 11 20 00 COINS! 2,0 TINY MAXIMUM MINTAGE JUST An excllusive opportunity for the many Downies clients keen to aassemble the complete co ection, we are delighted coll to unveil the very last issue o the Royal Australian of M t’s 2011 ANDA Show Min Capital Bridges 1oz Silver Unc Series! Carrying a superbly sculpted, fully C sstruck-up design upon its expansive 40mm flan, this exclusive Australian 40 leg legal tender type pays homage to Adelaide’s Diver Derrick Bridge – opened in 2008 and named after South Australian Wa II hero Lt Tom ‘Diver’ Derrick VC, World War k to Frosted Uncirculated quality from Struc . DCM mintage of a troy ounce of .999 silver, the maximum a mere at set was coin l meta ous preci prec e this uniqu ver, the howe s, serie the in issue e 000. As with every 22,000 sold not coins all that ed decid Mint ralian Aust Royal y on abilit avail of d perio brief a at the Show, or during . down d melte be d woul ite, webs s the Mint’
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Honouring Sydney’s Pyrmont Bridge, the penultimate coin in the RAM’s 2011 ANDA Show Series is crafted to exquisite Unc quality from 1oz of .999 fine silver, and has a maximum mintage of just ,000!! 2,000
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released by Although the final mintage has yet to be doubt little s seem there Mint, ralian Aust l Roya the A Show AND 2011 the of ter chap that the concluding sors – and eces pred its as sive exclu as be will s Serie this will be just as hard to find in the future. Indeed, collectors ralian Aust for ies rtunit oppo few very of one , the gone Once s. serie in 5-co to complete the entire Unc – and its r Silve 1oz e Bridg ck Derri Diver $1 2011 forerunners – will be gone forever! highly With a tiny number of coins in stock, we n. actio diate imme recommend – tiny maximum Exclusive Aussie Show Product mintage just 2,000! te to Unique Australian legal tender tribu e Bridg ck Adelaide’s Diver Derri quality from 1oz Struck to rigorous Frosted Unc silver .999 fine spanning 40mm An imposing, crown-sized coin, in diameter individually Set within a distinctive, official, card numbered ANDA Show
Extraordinarily exclusive, with a mere 1,205 coins from the maximum mintage of 2,000 actually issued, we also have a tiny number of the 40mm 1oz .999 silver Storyy Bridge Unc coins in stock!
Bearing a stunning portrayal of Melbourne’s iconic Princes Bridge, this 40mm 1oz .999 silver Unc had a final mintage of just 1,046 – making it one of the most exclusive ever Aussie Show ts! roduccts! Produ
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Rising rapidly in market value, the first 40mm 1oz .999 fine silver Unc of the 2011 ANDA Show Series pays homage to Perth’s Narrows Bridge – and had a tiny final mintagge of just 1,346 coins!
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Chorus of COLOUR! embellished with full-colour! With a A stunning full-colour majority of the mintage set aside for a celebration of one of major international coin program, we have Australia’s most renowned been able to secure just a small allocation landmarks, this exclusive legal from the tiny mintage of 2,500. to tender issue forms a unique tribute the Sydney Opera House. PALAU 2011 $5 SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE An exciting example of the power SILVER PROOF and precision of modern minting, A$ ng sterli 109 this expansive 38.61mm 25g k-up struc fully a res featu f silver Proo AS393 depiction of the Opera House – superbly
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The Spirit of the Dreamtime…
CAPTURED IN OFFICIAL AUSSIE CURRENCY! An impressive overview of Australia’s modern currency history, forming a distinctively Aussie gift for friends and contacts overseas, the Indigenous Australia Coin & Note Portfolio provides a powerful insight into the nation’s ancient past.
Note Portfolio features BOTH notes, unite d with the Royal Australian Mint’s 1988 Bicentenni al $1 and 1988-2011 Indigenous Elder $2 – PLUS the Perth Mint’s one-year-only 2005 $1 Kangaroo Al-Br BU! Presented in an attractive and secure environment, specifically designed to offer longterm protection to the flawless Uncircula ted Capturing the timeless wonder of the Drea quali ty of the array of official Australian mtime within state-of-the-art currency productio legal tender issues, the three coins and n, two the first legal tender issue to acknowledge banknotes are set behind archival quali uality ty Australia’s indigenous culture was the natio bubble and housed within a brilliantlyy n’s first $1 banknote, unveiled at the inception designed, informative pack. of decimal currency in February 1966. Just as important in the scheme of Australian curre ncy history, the second indigenous issue – the 1988 Bicentennial $10 – is notable as Australia’s first commemorative note, and the world’s first polymer note! The Indigenous Australia Coin &
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Merino Magic! Underpinned by strictly also includes two key decimal types. Uncirculated quality, striking Bearing a portrait of wool pioneer John Macarthur, an example of presentation and sensational Australia’s last $2 note is found in each value-for-money, the 2011 set, united with the 1991 50c Decimal Australia’s Golden Era of Wool 25th Anniversary Ram’s Head coin. Coin & Banknote Portfolio has The consummate combination with proved one of the major hits which to honour the Wool Industry’s of the year – in part due to the unparalleled role in Aust ralia’s economic, inclusion of a large piece of political and social development, all GENUINE Merino wool in each three legal tender issues are presented in strictly Uncirculated quality. Housed pack! An imaginative addition to a truly impressive presentation, the 2011 Australia’s Golden Era of Wool Coin & Banknote Portfolio unites real Aussie Merino wool with three Australian legal le tender issues. FFeaturing Australia’s llast Silver Shilling, iissued from 1953 tto 1963, the set
in an informative, illustrated full-colour pack, and sensational value for such a professional, historic presentation, the 2011 Australia’s Golden Era of Wool Coin & Banknote Portfolio is within the reach of all at a mere A$69.95.
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Year of the Dragon New Newborn Dragon sets market alight! An id ideal Christmas or Lunar New Year gift, and a musthave ha for full-colour coin collectors, the Perth Mint’s c new n 2012 50c Baby Dragon 1/2oz Silver Proof is already marching down the same m path p to success established by b virtually all of the 2012 Year Y of the Dragon issues released thus far. re Struck to the apex of Proof quality St from 1/2oz of pure, lustrous .999 silver, and distinguished by an enchanting, caricature-style enchanting design of a baby dragon, this unique legal lega tender type is a typically bbrilliant example of the Perth Mint’s worldrenowned full-colour minting techniques. technique Dominating the large 36 36.60mm diameter flan, the th blazing red and yellow hues of the t Baby Dragon forms a dramatic f contrast with the silken, Proof quality s
mirrored field. Also a fine presentation, each precious metal Proof is housed within an official Perth Mint case in a beautifully illustrated ‘ready-to-wrap’ outer box, complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. That Certificate of Authenticity attests to the extremely limited availability of this captivating collector coin. Unwilling to take advantage of the barnstorming demand seen for all Year of the Dragon issues, the Perth Mint has restricted the worldwide mintage to a surprisingly low 7,500 coins, and our allocation from this meagre figure has already been severely depleted. An immensely affordable opportunity to secure a Perth Mint-struck Year of the Dragon keepsake, get your order in early and ensure supply of the 2012 50c Baby Dragon 1/2oz Silver Proof at the value-formoney Official Issue Price of just A$67.50.
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Year off th the D Dragon Gild Gildedd A glorious fusion of precious metals, the 2012 $1 Y 1oz Silver Specimen is a powerful illustration of the Perth Mint’s mastery of the demanding process of selective gold-plating. Larger than a standard Silver Crown, the expansive 45.60mm flan is distinguished by a dramatic dragon design – sharply struck to the Mint’s rigorous Specimen standards. A truly memorable tribute to the Lunar New Year, the Mint’s precise application of the world’s favourite 2012 $1 YEAR OF THE precious metal is the perfect finishing touch. DRAGON GILDED 1oz SILVER SPECIMEN Official Australian legal tender, each 45.60mm in capsule coin is set in a capsule with an official Perth Official issue Price Mint Certificate of Authenticity.
Sure to command the attention of collectors worldwide, th the 2012 $30 Year of the Dragon Gemstone Kilo Silver Specimen is one of the world’s largest coins. A gargantuan Australian legal tender issue, each coin comprises a whopping KILO of .999 fine silver and spans a breathtaking 100.60mm in diameter! Forming the perfect venue for the dazzling full-colour design, the imposing frame of this precious metal giant is also distinguished by the presence of a real ruby set in the dragon’s 2012 $30 YEAR OF THE eye! A highly original work of numismatic DRAGON GEMSTONE art, each coin is set in an official case with KILO SILVER SPECIMEN a Certificate of Authenticity confirming the Official issue Price mintage of just 5,000.
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Releases! Fiery demand assured! Sold out at the Mint! BACK IN STOCK AT DOWNIES! Of the plethora of highly sought after Year of the Dragon issues from the Perth Mint, the 2012 $100 Year of the Dragon 1oz Gold BU has arguably generated the greatest demand. Indeed, our allocation sold out before we even had the chance to offer it, and the complete 30,000-coin mintage has already sold out at the Mint! Having scoured the international market, however, we are delighted to announce that this spectacular 1oz .9999 gold coin is now back in stock at Downies! Although the fervent interest in this coin is partly due to the general popularity of the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the virtually instantaneous devastation of the mintage illustrates the tremendous demand for the Perth Mint’s Lunar Gold BU Series in recent years – particularly the 1oz Gold BU. A powerful illustration as to exactly why the Mint is known as Australia’s ‘precious metal specialists’, this prestigious annual issue has naturally caught the eye of Lunar buyers and traditional Australian legal tender coin collectors. Perhaps more importantly, the 1oz Gold BU has also become a key target for precious metal investors, with more See the Order Form for more from the Perth Mint’s 2012 Lunar BU Series!
and more people seeking a cost-effective, Government-backed way to secure .9999 gold. Indicative of the astonishing recent success of the Lunar Gold BU Series, the 30,000-coin mintages of the 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 $100 Lunar 1oz Gold BU issues have all sold out! With the 30,000-coin mintage of the 39.34mm 2012 $100 Year of the Dragon 1oz Gold BU sold out even faster than its predecessors, you must not ignore this opportunity. It may be the last opportunity you get.
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Gold Dragons launched early! Due to the extraordinary demand for all of the new Year of the Dragon issues, the Perth Mint has brought forward the release date of one of the most important 2012 Lunar New Year issues. The new 2012 Year of the Dragon Colour Gold Proofs are now available at Downies!
22.60mm $25 1/4oz and 18.60mm $15 1/10oz Gold coins – each struck to the apex of Perth Mint Proof quality from pure, prestigious .9999 gold. Typical of the quality of all Perth Mint fullcolour coinage, each coin carries a glorious reverse design of a lithe, powerful Dragon – absolutely stunning when precisely finished in blazing red hues. Beautifully presented within a distinctive, official Perth Mint case, each of these official A scintillating illustration of the precious metal Australian legal tender issues is accompanied prowess of the Perth Mint, this spellbinding new by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity series comprises three individually magnificent confirming the exclusive limited availability. Australian legal tender coins. Headlined by Sure to sell-out at speed, the mintage of each the imposing, crown-sized 39.34mm $100 coin has been restricted to a mere 5,000! 1oz Gold coin, the series also includes the
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Highly sought after as the very last 10/- type of the predecimal era Issued for just four years – bears the Coombs/Wilson signatures Graded Fine, and tremendous value for such an historic issue
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Features unique Planet Earth $1 – a ‘notissued-for-circulation’ type Also includes 2008 Platypus 20c in BU – not found in 2008 Mint Set! Very affordable, the duo is housed in a striking Planet Earth pack
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Official Year of Astronomy commemorative – as with the set at right Comprises six Proof coins (5c-$2), housed within a superb RAM pack Features unique Astronomy $1 – only found in Proof quality in this set!
Headlined by the RAM’s stunning, one-year-only Stargazing 20c! United with 2009 Roos $1, with both coins struck to flawless Proof quality Set in an eye-catching, official RAM pack – mintage just 9,599
Superb tribute to our key native icon – designed by artist, Ken Done Struck to BU quality from cupro-nickel – mintage just 7,522 coins! Each 38.74mm $1 set in an official, beautifully illustrated RAM pack
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Unique 9-coin Australian legal tender tribute to space exploration from the Perth Mint Features illustrated album, Solar System book, asteroids & comets DVD, two posters, an activity book and puzzles & space stickers!
Comprises six coins (5c-$2) – all struck to immaculate BU quality Includes 2008 Norman Lindsay $1 – not found in any other 2008 set! Housed in a RAM pack based on Lindsay’s The Magic Pudding
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Unites Proof examples of Year of Planet Earth 20c and Mob of Roos $1 An official Australian legal tender issue – low mintage just 11,500 Housed in a 2-coin case within an eyecatching Planet Earth outer box
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Rare opportunity to own Silver Proof examples of Australia’s 5c & 10c Part of the 2005 Silver Proof Set – not normally available individually Tiny mintage! Just 6,200 of each coin struck from pure, prestigious .999 silver!
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Key, low-mintage Al-Br Unc $1 type – just 57,000 coins struck! Not issued for circulation – must-have for a complete collection! Struck to the RAM’s rigorous Unc quality – set in an official pack
Comprises six Patterns – struck stru in Golden Alloy, copper, aluminium, pewter, cupronickel and antiqued bronze copper! Unites ‘Australia’ reverse with George III portrait from 1797 Cartwheel 1d
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An early, important decimal issue – Australia’s second $1 note Issued for only one year – the scarcest $1 note across all grades A fantastic opportunity, with this note cataloguing at A$85 in Fine
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Official 150th anniversary tribute to the 1860 Burke & Wills Expedition Headlined by a Perth Mint 30.60mm Australian legal tender $1 coin Also features an official Australia Post Burke & Wills 60c stamp!
Honouring the se sesquicentenary of the Burke & Wills Expedition Comprises two unique types – set in a striking official RAM pack Neither coin issued for circulation – essential for a complete collection!
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Unique tribute e to Austr Australia’s King of Coins – the famous 1930 Penny Struck to Prooflike quality from copper, each coin measures 40mm Set in an informative card – within the reach of all at just A$14.95!
Officially authorised London 2012 Olympic Games release Honours true British icons – Churchill, Big Ben, Stonehenge and more! Features six 38.61mm 28.28g sterling silver £5 Proofs – set in official case S
Third issue honours Shimane – history dates back to Shinto mythology Struck to Proof quality, each legal tender 500¥ measures 26.50mm Available at an irresistible discount – as with each Prefecture 500¥ W 9 $7
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Second of the series – honours Kyoto, once home to the imperial capital A strictly limited edition, with the mintage just 30,000 coins Set in an official case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
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The first 500¥ Bimetal Proof of the Japan Mint’s 47 Prefectures Series Celebrates Hokkaido – Japan’s 2nd largest island & northernmost prefecture Set in an official case with a Certificate confirming mintage of 30,000
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Mini replicas of the crowns used at Napoleon’s Coronation in 1804 Each gold-plated or platinum-plated crown includes real Swarovski crystals! Housed in a case, the set has a limited edition of just 500!
Unique RAM tribute to marriage of Prince William & Catherine Middleton Includes two 31.51mm 18.24g .999 silver, 24-carat gold-plated 50c coins Set in official case with a numbered Certificate. Mintage just 10,000!
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Austria 2004 Mint Set NOW A$
Comprises 8 coins, from the 1c to the 2€ – all in sparkling BU quality! Features Mozart 1€ and Nobel Peace Prize winner Bertha von Suttner 2€ Housed in an impressive, informative, official Austrian Mint pack
Somalia 2004 $1 Guitar Silver-plated Collection (5) BU
Affordable, exclusive tribute to Ayers Rock – mintage justt 2,500! Each 38.61mm 25g g sterling silver $5 set in a case ase te with Certificate
An innovative collection – celebrating 50th anniversary of Rock & Roll Comprises five guitar-shaped official legal tender $1 coins in a case Each Cu-Ni BU coin finished in silver and enhanced with full-colour
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SURE TO VANISH… from the market! Underpinned by the striking reverse design, the strictly limited availability and the sensational value-for-money, the 2012 $1 Harry Houdini Trick Box Cu-Ni BU is most notable for the inventive, imaginative presentation. One of the world’s greatest escapologists and magicians, Harry Houdini (1874-1926) was among the USA’s most famous entertainers at the time of his death – exactly 85 years ago. Issued to honour the all-too-short life and daring deeds of this legendary character, this unique, exclusive legal tender type is distinguished by a fine portrayal of Houdini upon its 22mm diameter flan.
An entirely fitting form of presentation, this affordable cupronickel coin is set within a black frame and presented in a special ‘magic’ case. Place the coin and the frame within the outer box – say the magic words of your choice – pull the frame out and, hey presto! The coin has ‘disappeared’! With Downies able to secure onlyy a tinyy number of coinss from thee mintage of just 5,000, order now ow – before this coin really disappears! isappears!
PALAU 2011 $1 PA HA HARRY HOUDINI TRICK TRIC BOX Cu-Ni BU AS394
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The leading le sex symbol of her what better way ggeneration, ge n could there be to celebrate the c co 885th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s birth than with a M full-colour legal tender coin? f If I you looking for that perfect memento to keep Marilyn’s m flame burning, then this is b the one for you! As unique as the Sex Goddess herself, this G one-year-only type is o struck from cupro-nickel, s finished in genuine f silver and then superbly s enhanced with a fulle
colour ‘movie shot’ of Marilyn – united with two other images of this siren of the silver screen. A spectacular monument to the star of ‘Gentlemen Prefer Blondes’ and ‘Some Like It Hot’, this exclusive, affordable tribute presents Marilyn as she is remembered by her legion of adoring fans – as the epitome of Hollywood glamour. Officially authorised Marilyn Monroe memorabilia, and sure to be hotly pursued in the 85th anniversary of the year she was brought into COOK ISLANDS 2011 the world as Norma $1 MARILYN MONROE Jean Baker, this SILVER-PLATED Cu-Ni vivacious 38.61mm PROOFLIKE full-colour coin is part AS395 of a tiny mintage of just 2,500.
Superstars sparkle in silver… Comprising six 38.61mm 25g sterling silver coins, the 2010-11 $5 Legends of Hollywood Silver Proof Collection celebrates genuine icons of the silver screen.
(1907-79) and Ginger Rogers (1911-95), with the 2011-dated trio paying homage to Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2010), Sophia Loren (1934) and Marilyn Monroe (1926-62). Exclusive, with just 2,500 issued, Featuring an original each legal tender set is photograph by noted Hollywood housed in a movie-reel photographer, Bruno Bernard case with numbered (1912-87), the three 2010Certificates of dated coins honour Clark Authenticity. Gable (1901-60), John Wayne
COOK ISLANDS 2010-11 $5 LEGENDS OF HOLLYWOOD SILVER PROOF COLLECTION (6 Coins) A$
Also available 2011 Silver Proof Trio A$279 AS271
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San Marinoo 2011 2€ Giorgio Varsarii Unc
San Marino 2009 2€ ear European Year of Creativity Unc
San Marinoo 2006 2€ Columbus Unc
Issued to mark 500 years ars since birth of artist and author Giorgio Varsari Extremely scarce bimetal 2€ type – tiny mintage just 130,000 Set in an official blister pack and protective full-colour outer folder
Hotly pursued legal tender type – a key to the 2€ Bimetal Series Extraordinarily low mintage just 130,000 – seldom offered to collectors Presented in a full-colour blister pack within an official coin folder
Commemorates the 500th anniversary of death of Christopher Columbus Mintage just 120,000 – vanished from market and soaring in value Just four examples of this rare 2€ in stock – each set in official pack
Vatican 20 Official 2011 Mint Set
Vatican 2011 Officiall Proof Set A$
Vatican V ti 2009 2€ A Astronomy Unc A$
The latest in one of the world’s most sought after Proof Set series Includes eight Proof coins – from 1c to 2€ – plus silver medallion Mintage restricted to a tiny 15,000 – soon to be impossible to find
Vatican 2008 10€ World Peace Day A$ Silver Proof 295 AP430
Rare opportunity to secure an official Mint Set of Vatican City Comprises the eight standard Euro denominations in BU – 1c to 2€ Housed in an official Vatican City folder – mintage just 94,000
Vatican 2006 5€ World Peace Day A$ Silver Proof 200
Seldom seen legal tender tribute to International Year of Astronomy Official legal tender; measures 25.75mm – like each 2€ on this page Set in official Vatican pack – astonishingly low mintage just 106,084
Vatican 2006 2€ Swiss Guard Uncc A$
Rare, sought after ter tribute tto World Peace Day – just 9,602 coins struck! Rocketing in market value, each 22g sterling silver Proof measures 34mm Housed in an official Vatican case with Certificate of Authenticity
Vatican 2006 10€ St Peter’s Square Silver Proof A$
Hotly pursued w worldwide orldwide –– rarely rarely offered Each 32mm coin crafted to Proof quality from 18g of sterling silver Just three in stock – each set in official case with Certificate
Unique tribute to the 500th anniversary of Swiss Pontifical Guard One of the most sought after coins of Europe’s 2€ Bimetal Series Just 100,000 coins struck – rarely offered and rising rapidly in value
Vatican 2005 2€ Unc AO257
Vatican n 2004 2€ Unc A$
M k 350 years since Marks i startt off b building ildi colonnade of St. Peter’s Square Hotly pursued and soaring in secondary market value Extremely rare 34mm, 22g sterling silver Proof – set in official case
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Honours 2005 World Youth Day – extremely low mintage just 100,000 One of the most sought after issues of the 2€ series – seldom offered Just three coins available – each set in an official Vatican City pack
Incredibly low mintage tribute to 75th anniversary of Vatican City State Rarely available, with the tiny mintage of 85,000 wiped out instantly Missing from most 2€ collections – don’t miss this rare opportunity!
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Tibet b t 1899-1953 1899 19953 5-Coin 5C Coin Set A$
USSR R 1958-91 19958 9911 9-Coin 9 Cooin in Set Set A$
Rare chance to own coins of troubled Central Asian nation of Tibet Highlighted by captivating, traditional designs, the set includes five coins Issued from 1899 until last coins struck by Tibetan Government in 1953
North Korea 1959-87 5-Coin Set A$ 95
A new era dawns – the coins issued by Japan in the post-WWII period Includes five coins (1-100 Yen) – all bearing traditional designs In Very Fine to Extremely Fine quality, and excellent value at under A$20
Gambia Gamb G ambbia 1998 98 6-Coin 6 Coin in Set A$
The official legal tender issues of Africa’s smallest tropical state Comprises 6 coins (1 Butut to 1 Dalasi) in a wide variety of metals Headlined by striking 7-sided crocodile coin, the set is graded Unc
Japan WWII Invasion Money $1 aUnc
Mauritius 1987-2004 004 7-Coin 7 Coin Set
A diverse legal tender set from the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius Run by Dutch, French and British, Mauritius gained sovereignty in 1968 Comprises seven coins from 1c to 5 Rupees – all in superb Unc quality
Issued by Japan for circulation in conquered nations during WWII In near perfect about Uncirculated – and astonishingly affordable! Fascinating, genuine artefact of Japan’s plan for Pacific domination
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Official, affordable legal tender set from the Land of the Pharaohs Unique insight into Egypt, featuring an array of historic designs In Unc, the set comprises seven coins from the 1 Piastre to 1 Pound
First types issued by African nation of Namibia after independence Includes the 5c, 10, 20c, $1 and $5 denominations – all in Unc Interesting set for the world coin collector – top value at A$14.95
Egypt 1969-2005 9 2005 77-Coin Coin C i Set SSet
Namibia N ibi 1993-2006 1993 20 5-Coin 5 C i Set S t A$
Complete USSR coin set, comprising 9 coins (1-50 Kopek & 1 Rouble) in VF Issued from time of Khrushchev until collapse of the empire in 1991 Authentic Cold War era artefact – bears famous hammer & sickle motif
Comprises 1, 5, 10 & 50 Chon & 10 Won from ‘rogue nation’ North Korea An historic keepsake of one of the last remaining communist powers Issued during the rule of Kim II-Sung – top value at less than A$10
Japan 1948-58 948 58 55-Coin C i Set S
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1915 Shilling VG A$
1910 & 1911 Florin Pair Ave Circ A$
Key, low-mintage early predecimal date – just 800,000 struck! One of the highest cataloguing shilling dates – across all grades Struck at Royal Mint London – last before 1/- struck in Australia
19677 & 1968 20c 220 Pair P i BU B A$
A vital type – Australia’s first commemorative $5 banknote Issued to mark Centenary of Federation – hoarded out of circulation Available in Consecutive Pairs in strictly Uncirculated condition Also available Run of 10 Unc A$195 AR486
1989 & 1991 20c not issued for circulation – found only in Mint Sets Tiny mintages! Just 150,602 1989 20c and 147,900 1991 20c struck Never found in change, add the pair to your collection in pristine BU
1979 $1 & $2 Knight/Stone K i ht/St Pair aUnc A$
Affordable opportunity to secure examples of long-gone $1 & $2 notes Issued over 30 years ago, each note in near perfect aUnc condition Must-have at just A$19.95 – save A$10 off current catalogue value!
1972 74 $20 1972-74 $ 0 Phillips/Wheeler Phillips// Wheeller C of A & Australia Pair EF A$
Key to the $10 series – double the catalogue value of 2nd rarest $10 Bears the rarest decimal signature combination – scarce in any grade Available in pleasing Very Fine and a top bargain.
An important World War II keepsake – struck at the Melbourne Mint Highly sought after as Australia’s last florin in sterling silver Virtually flawless, each coin in superb about Uncirculated quality
Historic, important types – Australia’s very last 10/- and £1 notes In superior grade about Extremely Fine – scarce in this condition today A surprisingly affordable acquisition in such excellent quality
1989 & 1991 20c 2 Pair P i BU B
1967 $10 Coombs/Randall VF
Not issued for circulation, these coins are found only in RAM sets Low-mintage issues, with 180,000 1986 and 200,000 1987 50c struck Rarely available individually, we have these key dates in BU quality
2001 $5 Federation Consecutive Pair Unc A$
1961 10/- & £1 Coombs/Wilson Reserve Bank Pair aEF
Very last 10/- and £1 banknotes issued during reign of George VI A one-year-only issue, bearing the Coombs/ Wilson signatures Scarce and yet still affordable, we have the pair in Fine condition
Crucial predecimal issues – Australia’s first two florin dates! Comprises unique Edward VII 1910 and firstyear George V 1911 2/Missing from most collections, this sought after pair is top value
1952 10/- & £1 Coombs/Wilson Pair Fine A$
1986 86 & 19877 50c 500c Pair BU B
Australia’s 2nd and 3rd 20c dates – very scarce in superior grade Cannot be obtained from Mint Sets, with none issued in 1967 and 1968 Impeccable examples, each coin is in strictly Brilliant Unc quality
1945 Florin Fl i aUnc U
LAST ‘Commonwealth’ banner $20 and FIRST ‘Australia’ banner $20 Key types – among the most sought after issues of the $20 series Scarce in better grade, we have the pair in EF quality
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Canada’s FIRST Lunar Kilo Coin! STRALIAN ALLOCATION! TINY AUS
A massive leap forward for one of the world’s most innovative, most respected issuing authorities, the Royal Canadian Mint has launched Canada’s very f Lunar New Year Kilo first S er Proof – and it’s now Silv in stock at Downies!
indeed, sheer size of the 2012 $250 Year of the Dragon Kilo Silver Proof, we anticipate similarly strong interest in this groundbreaking giant – as does the Royal Canadian Mint.
Although our status as official distributor assured us a piece of the action, the Mint has restricted our allocation of the 2012 $250 Year of the Dragon Kilo Silver Proof to just a few coins. Whether you pay right now Among the world’s largest legal tender or take advantage of our convenient issu s, this precious metal mammoth issue layby terms, we cannot emphasise mea ures a huge 101.60mm in meas strongly enough the need for an early diameter and is struck from a order. who ping KILO of pure, prestigious whop y purit Struck to faultless Proof quality .99 silver – the highest silver .9999 t Whils ics! smat numi from a whopping KILO of .9999 ational i in intern silver! thee size and weight will naturally spark th interest of collectors worldwide, the Exclusive! ‘Lucky’ worldwide th 2012 $250 Year of the Dragon the mintage restricted to a mere 5,888 much Ki Silver Proof is notable for Kilo coins! m than the imposing dimensions. more An absolutely massive legal Fe ring a superbly sculpted Year Featu tender coin – measures 101.60mm of the Dragon design – perfectly nsive expa the by dated in diameter! a mmo acco fl and underpinned by the most flan Housed within an official Royal e isite Proof strike – this colossal exqu Canadian Mint presentation case coin is an enthralling work of numismatic art. Accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of An innovative, official legal tender Authenticity release, and a collector presentation of undeniable prestige, this gargantuan tribute to the Year of the D Dragon is also extremely exclusive – ticularly given the astonishing – par demand for all 2012 Year of the CANADA 2012 Dragon issues. In nearly 80 years in $250 YEAR OF THE the industry, we have not seen the DRAGON KILO SILVER equal of the passionate demand for PROOF s. issue on Drag the 2012 Year of the AT168 Given the quality, the originality and,
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