February, 2020

Deadly & Dangerous is 15 and the big cuddly tarantula carries the baton for Australia

By |2020-02-06T15:53:35+00:00February 6th, 2020|Categories: News Nuggets, Coloured, Nature, Silver, Downies, Perth Mint, Tuvalu|

Deadly & Dangerous is 15 and the big cuddly tarantula carries the baton for Australia Hard to believe that Deadly & Dangerous is now fifteen years old. A testament to the popularity of the subject and of the seemingly endless supply of malevolent creatures that populate the Australian continent, it's fair to say the series doesn't command the attention it once did when the iconic 2006 Redback Spider [...]

WMF20: Captain Cooks epic voyages mapped on a extra large silver foil from Downies

By |2020-02-02T22:27:37+00:00February 2nd, 2020|Categories: Banknote / Foil, History, Science, Downies, Cook Islands|

WMF20: Captain Cooks epic voyages mapped on a extra large silver foil from Downies While the fledgling silver foil market has mainly focused on the ever increasing media franchise presence in the numismatic world, the early issues were more interesting and innovative in nature. First amongst these was a superb reproduction of a 1507-penned map by regarded cartographer, Martin Waldseemuller, by CIT.That was a 30g silver foil of an [...]

January, 2020

Downies striking Australia at Night series of black proof silver coins continues with the Echidna

By |2020-01-06T11:56:45+00:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Nature, Silver, Downies, Niue Island|

Downies striking Australia at Night series of black proof silver coins continues with the Echidna The third of Downies 'Australia at night' coins is available from today and is another attractive entrant in this striking series. Finished as a 'Black proof', it's surprising how effective something as simple as a strong monochromatic contrast can be on a coin. Each of the issues in this series [...]

July, 2019

Deadly & Dangerous returns as a six-coin minigold set from Downies

By |2019-07-30T10:41:19+01:00July 30th, 2019|Categories: Gold, Nature, Downies, Solomon Islands|

Deadly & Dangerous returns as a six-coin minigold set from Downies One of the most sought after and hotly anticipated series in the coin world back around its late noughties debut, Deadly & Dangerous rose to prominence on the back of a now iconic Red-back Spider design. A new one-ounce silver has been issued every year since 2006 and the latest, the Lionfish, is the fourteenth to join [...]

June, 2019

Australia’s most iconic animal joins the Platypus in Downies Australia by Night coin series

By |2019-06-05T21:38:35+01:00June 5th, 2019|Categories: Nature, Silver, Downies, Niue Island|

Australia's most iconic animal joins the Platypus in Downies Australia by Night coin series Back after its debut last year, Downies 'Australia at Night' series takes another darkened look at the weird and wonderful wildlife of this southern continent. The first issue had a fine look at the Platypus, the Donald Duck/Mickey Mouse hybrid that is quite unlike anything else out there. Finished in 'Black proof'  the [...]

May, 2019

Deadly & Dangerous is back with another in the seemingly endless lineup of malevolent Australian fauna

By |2019-05-01T10:55:59+01:00May 1st, 2019|Categories: Coloured, Nature, Downies, Perth Mint, Tuvalu|

Deadly & Dangerous is back with another in the seemingly endless lineup of malevolent Australian fauna Did uyou here the one about the Australian fluffy bunny rabbit? Neither did we. The more you read about the wildlife of Australia you'd realise the bunny was probably a blood-sucking zombie species with razor claws and a poison that kills a fully grown human before they can hit speed-dial for [...]

December, 2018

Full Metal Numismatic: Downies commemorates 40 years since Australia ended Vietnam War involvement

By |2018-12-02T20:24:41+00:00December 2nd, 2018|Categories: History, Coloured, Military, Silver, Downies, Niue Island|

Full Metal Numismatic: Downies commemorates 40 years since Australia ended Vietnam War involvement Seen throughout the world as a predominantly American conflict, the Vietnam War also drew in several other Allied nations in the fight against the Communist North. In those countries, the war proved to be as divisive as it did in the USA, nowhere more so than Australia. During the course of a ten-year period, [...]

October, 2018

Downies joins the Wedge-Tailed Eagle appreciation society with a new ultra-high relief silver coin

By |2018-10-02T14:03:04+01:00October 2nd, 2018|Categories: Nature, Silver, Downies, Niue Island|

Downies joins the Wedge-Tailed Eagle appreciation society with a new ultra-high relief silver coin A staple of the bullion coin world since the launch of the superb John Mercanti design for the Perth Mint back in early 2014, the Wedge Tailed Eagle has appeared several times since on coins for other producers. The latest to join the market is a high-relief portrait of the bird that is [...]

June, 2018

Australia at Night from Downies debuts on a black proof coin with the strange Platypus

By |2018-06-06T08:03:07+01:00June 1st, 2018|Categories: Nature, Silver, Downies, Niue Island|

Australia at Night from Downies debuts on a black proof coin with the strange Platypus Australian wildlife coins are nothing new, particularly silver ones, but there's always room for something well done and a little different. We think Downies latest issue fits that bill perfectly. Australia has a quite extraordinary range of species found nowhere elese on Earth, perhaps none more so than the strange platypus. Hardly [...]

March, 2018

Deadly & Dangerous goes back to its beginning with a gold version of the iconic Red-Back Spider coin

By |2018-03-12T09:48:18+00:00March 12th, 2018|Categories: News Nuggets, Coloured, Gold, Nature, Downies, Perth Mint, Tuvalu|

Deadly & Dangerous goes back to its beginning with a gold version of the iconic Red-Back Spider coin A series over a decade old, Deadly & Dangerous was one of the first truly hit series to emanate from the Perth Mint when back in 2006 they issued the Red Back Spider coin. An immediate classic, the coin carried a quite outstanding piece of artwork whose depiction [...]

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