Downies Auction 320 Prices Realised 321 Consignments

A grand event for Australian numismatics, Downies Australian Coin Auctions Sale 320 was an outstanding success!

Comprising more than 3,500 lots, our last auction for 2015 was highlighted by a number of exquisite English Hammered pieces, which as expected sold well above estimate. We saw nearly a million dollars’ worth of material go under the hammer with 87% of lots sold – once again emphasising our industry leading clearance rates. Prices realised are now available online.

Highlights included:

Lot 2683 - Charles I (1625-1649) Pound, Oxford Mint

Lot 2666 – Charles I Oxford Pound Est. $7,500 – Sold $16,000

Lot 2669

Lot 2669 – Newark Besieged Shilling Est. $1,500 – Sold $2,600

Lot 2687 - Newark Besieged (1645-May 1646) Ninepence 1646 (S3144; N2641)

Lot 2670 – Newark Besieged Ninepence Est. $2,000 – Sold $3,200

Lot 2689 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Round Shilling 1648

Lot 2672 – Pontefract Besieged Round Shilling Est. $5,000 – Sold $8,000

Lot 2690 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Octagonal Shilling 1648

Lot 2673 -Pontefract Besieged Octagonal Shilling Est. $5,000 – Sold $8,500

Preparations for our next auction are already well underway. To be held at Box Hill Town Hall in Melbourne on the 3rd and 4th of May 2016, consignments for Sale 321 are now being accepted. Please contact us today to arrange an appointment at our Melbourne head office, at either of our retail stores, or in your home or office. Consignments close early March.

Australian Coin Auctions Sale 320 Highlights

The last Downies auction for 2015, Sale 320 is distinguished by an abundance of highlights across a range of numismatic and collector themes. Sure to be a major event for Australian numismatics, the sale comprises more than 3,500 lots, with pre-sale estimates exceeding $1.1 million. Viewing is highly recommended, and when you peruse the array of highlights below, you will understand why.

  • Ten 1923 Halfpennies and three 1930 Pennies, from one of best Commonwealth consignments we have seen in years, with over 650 lots catering for all budgets
  • A typically extensive predecimal gold section (170 lots) including an 1855 Sydney Mint Half Sovereign in Fine/good Fine condition
  • A Ten Shillings Collins-Allen last prefix banknote in almost Very Fine
  • Approximately 100 lots of English hammered coins, including some of the finest we have ever offered. Highlighted by a strong showing of siege pieces from Charles I
  • An extensive range of antiquities and Ancient coins
  • An enticing array of Australian, British and world military medals, including a WWII Group of Seven to an Australian Pathfinder Force Wing Commander
  • No less than nine bravery awards including the very rare Ovalau Medal 1903
Lot 1049 - The Ovalau Medal 1903

Lot 1049 – The Ovalau Medal 1903

Lot 1049 – The Ovalau Medal 1903, engraved naming to W.Brett, presented by the N.S.W. Government to members of the ship’s crew for gallant and meritorious exertion in trying to save the ship and saving the passengers by transporting them to Lord Howe Island, comes with copy of news article concerning the wreck with picture of the ship, VF and extremely rare. Est. $2,500

Lot 1073 - 1855 Sovereign Fine/gFine

Lot 1073 – 1855 Sydney Mint Sovereign Fine/gFine

Lot 1073 – 1855 Fine/gFine, the key date and rare especially in this grade, probably the 9th or 10th finest known. Est. $40,000

Lot 2106 Ten Shillings Collins-Allen medium prefix and suffix letters M/F last prefix (R2e)

Lot 2106 Ten Shillings Collins-Allen medium prefix and suffix letters M/F last prefix (R2e)

Lot 2106 Ten Shillings Collins-Allen medium prefix and suffix letters M/F last prefix (R2e) a new untouched example with full colour and crisp sharp corners, a full bodied aVF example that is highly underrated with a mere handful offered this grade or better in recent years, a superb type note. Est. $7,500

Lot 2683 - Charles I (1625-1649) Pound, Oxford Mint

Lot 2683 – Charles I (1625-1649) Pound, Oxford Mint

Lot 2683 – Charles I (1625-1649) Pound, Oxford Mint with Shrewsbury-style equestrian portrait (S2940, N2398) beautiful even gunmetal grey cabinet toning, gVF. Est. $7,500

Lot 2687 - Newark Besieged (1645-May 1646) Ninepence 1646 (S3144; N2641)

Lot 2687 – Newark Besieged (1645-May 1646) Ninepence 1646 (S3144; N2641)

Lot 2687 – Newark Besieged (1645-May 1646) Ninepence 1646 (S3144; N2641) retaining some gilding from the original item prior to being cut and prepared for coinage, near EF. Est. $2,000

Lot 2689 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Round Shilling 1648

Lot 2689 – English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Round Shilling 1648

Lot 2689 – English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Round Shilling 1648, struck after the execution of Charles I in the name of Charles II (S3150; N2648) VF. Est. $5,000

Lot 2690 - English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Octagonal Shilling 1648

Lot 2690 – English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Octagonal Shilling 1648

Lot 2690 – English Civil War, Pontefract Besieged (June 1648-March 1648/9) Octagonal Shilling 1648, struck after the execution of Charles I in the name of Charles II (S3151; N2649) VF. Est. $5,000

Lot 3106 - WWII DFC Group of Seven to an Australian Wing Commander, with group of four post-War Belgian decorations to the same recipient.

Lot 3106 – WWII DFC Group of Seven to an Australian Wing Commander, with group of four post-War Belgian decorations to the same recipient.

Lot 3106 – WWII DFC Group of Seven to an Australian Wing Commander serving in Britain with the RAF Bomber Command’s Pathfinder Force; with group of four post-War Belgian decorations to the same recipient. (View catalogue for full description of medals and accompanying material) Est. $7,500
This is just a taste of the exciting array of material in Sale 320.

Happy bidding, and good luck!

Auction 320 – Featured in the Coin & Banknote Magazine

An advertisement for the upcoming Australian Coin Auctions sale 320 was featured in the September edition of Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine.

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Now Accepting Consignments For Auction 320

If you are a reader of Coin & Banknote Magazine (CAB) you may have seen the ad below in the latest edition, asking for consignments for Auction 320 – to be held on November 10 & 11 at Box Hill Town Hall.

The Box Hill Town Hall location proved to be a well-received venue for our last auction, which included the Royal Australian Mint’s Master Collection Sale.

CAB - Consignments Ad (HR)

If you have any items you’d like to have considered for inclusion in Auction 320, don’t hesitate to contact our Australian Coin Auctions department by visiting www.downies.com/aca or by calling 1300 788 358.