Featured Coin Producer: Coin Invest Trust, Innovative Numismatic Developer

Modern collecting is often marked by a fervent desire for collectors to acquire the new and innovative. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but these unique modern issues are highly sought after – as long as they are also high quality. For many years now, Downies has partnered with, and been sole official Australian distributor for, one of the most innovative coin producers in the world – Coin Invest Trust (CIT).

2013 500 Togrog Mongolian Nature – Crying Wolf 1/2oz Silver BU

2013 500 Togrog Mongolian Nature – Crying Wolf 1/2oz Silver BU – Click image for more information

Established in 1970, CIT is a European firm that has been producing coins since 1982. Over the years CIT have won a number of high-profile awards for their ground-breaking releases, including the Coin Of The Year award for their ‘Gulo Gulo’ Wolverine coin, part of the Wildlife Protection Silver Series. They are known for a range of ground-breaking numismatic issues, including the Pearl Silver Proof Series, the Tiffany Glass $10 Series, and the Meteorite Silver Proof series, to name just a few.

The original Tiffany Glass offer made way back in 2004!

The original Tiffany Glass offer made way back in 2004!

As an indication of the popularity of some of their coins, the first of CITs Tiffany Glass $10 Series was sold by Downies for $139.95 in May, 2004. It is now selling at up to $4,000 on the open market! It’s no mere fluke, either, as each of the coins in that series (and many others) have sold out almost instantly each year since!

 Andorra 2013 5 Diners Swallowtail Butterfly 3D Colour Silver Proof - click image for more information

Andorra 2013 5 Diners Swallowtail Butterfly 3D Colour Silver Proof – click image for more information

A big part of what makes releases by CIT so globally popular is that not only are they extremely innovative (3D coins with Butterfly wings, anybody?), but they are also crafted to the highest standards. CIT don’t just create new coins – they craft innovative, high-quality collector pieces that push the boundaries of modern numismatics. Downies is happy to partner with them and share their story with our collectors.


12 thoughts on “Featured Coin Producer: Coin Invest Trust, Innovative Numismatic Developer

    • Hi James. Of the Australian coins you have listed, only quantities of the 5 cent coin were minted in Canada. The 1 cent and 2 cent coins were only minted in Australia (Canberra, Melbourne and Perth) & Wales, while the 10 cent was minted in Australia, London and Wales. The 5 cent was only minted in Canada in 1981, of which 50,000,000 coins were produced. What differentiates the Canadian-struck 5 cent from the Australian, London or Welsh-struck coins is on the obverse, the hair at the back of the neck on the Queen’s portrait has wavy curls. We have an example of this on our website at the following link: 1981 5c Wavy Hair With Normal Issue

      • Ok – many thanks for your reply – seems you are more informed than the Aust Mint as their response indicated no difference. Thank you. Been collecting coins since I was 10yo – now 58 and I find your site very informative.
        I have been trying to save a coin from each year and also with each difference – which is why I enquire.
        Once again – thank you very much for your reply.

      • That’s a great effort with the collecting James, all the best with it. If there’s anything we can do to help don’t hesitate to let us know.

      • Good afternoon guys – do you have any evidence that the lettering on the HEAD side of the 2013 10c coins has 2 different types – eg – that one type is very slightly broader than the other type?
        I was just going through my coins finding the best quality coin to put in my album and it looks like there is a difference – unfortunately I don’t have a good camera to take a photo – are you aware of any difference?

      • Hi James. We have no knowledge of a variation of the 2013 10 cent coin and can not find anyone claiming to have found such a variation on the internet. It’s possible, with 49 million 10 cent coins being struck that year that very minor variations could have occurred throughout the life of the die, however without images or the coins themselves to inspect it would only be speculation on our part. The thing is, this is how variations and error coins are discovered, from collectors such as yourselves, who care enough to notice a difference and look into the matter further. If you are ever able to supply quality images of the coins we would be most interested to check them out. You can send them to info@downies.com

      • Ok – thank you for your reply – on first sight-the lettering differs from rounded lettering to flat broader lettering – will check further and will try and get some images to you — I have found your blogs of extreme interest – been collecting for over 40 years and have quite a collection – not just Aust coins but world wide – since reading your articles – I have gone through my coins – album coins then ‘spares’ with great care and found many many mint errors (CUDS – faded lettering) which I don’t believe I would have noticed if not for your blogs. Thank you so much for the informative articles that you post.

      • Thank you for the feedback James, it is very much appreciated. Unfortunately we don’t get to post as much on the blog as we would like but we hope to improve on that over the coming months. If there are any topics in particular you’d like to learn more about, that you think we can help with, feel free to contact us with article suggestions and we’ll certainly try to accommodate you.

      • Thank you – I do have question – I downloaded an article off the internet and it contained a list of
        Aust coinage and it lists for the 2004 20c piece ‘large head’ and ‘small head’.
        Does this relate to the Queen’s head or the platypus? I am working my way through my collection and only up to 20c at the moment so I haven’t noticed if there are differences in other coins as yet.

      • Hi James, the large head/small head relates to the Queen’s head. This was on account of the Mint switching from traditional minting machinery to computerised engraving technology. There are variations to the reverse side of the coin and Platypus in particular (such as the 1981 3.5 Claw variation and the 1966 Wavy Line variation)

        We have produced an infographic on the 20 cent piece you might find useful: http://www.downies.com/knowyourcurrency20cent.aspx#.VylSMFVcRBc

        Alternatively the Royal Australian Mint has information here: https://www.ramint.gov.au/twenty-cent Although they won’t make mention of the large head/small head variety.

      • Hello guys – I have just noticed on the $2 coin (1989) the initials HH around the right rib region of the aboriginal. I would imagine that would be for the designer Horst Hahne. However on later issues – this cannot be seen. Is it found elsewhere on the coin or has it been omitted?

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