The 2015 $1 Colour Poppy Coin is coming to Downies!

We are pleased to announce that the limited edition 2015 $1 WWI War Heroes Colour Coin featuring the red poppy motif is now available to order from Downies!

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This official Australian legal tender coin was originally part of a promotion that saw fourteen 20 cent coins made available to the general public through newsagents over a two week period. The colour $1 coin was initially released exclusively to News Corp subscribers, and we were therefore surprised to learn that we would be soon receiving an allocation of the coin from the Royal Australian Mint. Thus, we are now able to pre-offer this exclusive $1 coin to the broader Australian collecting public.

This spectacular $1 coin features a poppy field design with a large central poppy motif rendered in an eye-catching red hue. At the top is the inscription ‘WWI – War Heroes’, while at the bottom is the coin denomination of ‘1 Dollar’. On the obverse side is the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. Like regular one dollar coins struck by the Royal Australian Mint, the War Heroes coin is made from Aluminium-Bronze and measures 25mm in diameter. Unlike other dollar coins however, this colour release has been struck with a ‘frosted’ appearance, and only 13,500 coins have been minted for distribution worldwide.

12146packWhilst we have received confirmation of our allocation from the Royal Australian Mint, the nature of the News Corp promotion means that a fixed date for delivery of the coins from the RAM has not been confirmed at this stage. We are expecting, however, that delivery from the RAM will take place by early June. We will be sending an email notification to those who order this coin as soon as we receive a firm delivery date.

Click here to pre-order the 2015 $1 WWI War Heroes Colour Poppy Coin

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New 2015 Colour Lest We Forget $2 Coin Design Revealed

The design for the new 2015 Lest We Forget colour $2 circulation coin has been revealed today at a special ANZAC Commemoration Ceremony held in Melbourne. The event was held at the Malvern Cricket Ground in Melbourne’s inner east, hosted by the Honorable Kelly O’Dwyer MP (Federal Member for Higgins & Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer) and Cr Melina Sehr, Mayor of City of Stonnington and featuring a number of other dignitaries.

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Scroll down to see more photos from the Anzac Ceremony, including the $2 Lest We Forget Colour Coin

Hundreds of people braved the temperamental Melbourne Autumn weather to attend the ceremony which stared with a march from Malvern Gardens, up High St and finished at the Malvern Cricket Ground. Around the grounds were tents for various local entities such as schools and businesses, as well as Kelly O’Dwyer’s mobile office which had on display one of the $2 colour commemorative coins due to enter circulation from tomorrow.

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The coin features red stripes in a circular pattern in the middle, framing the words “Lest We Forget”, with a design around the coin consisting of 5 crosses among a ring of poppies. In the bottom portion is the coin denomination of Two Dollars.

Unlike previous colour $2 coins issued into circulation, the 2015 Lest We Forget $2 coin will not be available to buy in Uncirculated condition through the Royal Australian Mint. Approximately 1.5 million coins will begin to be released into circulation by the Reserve Bank of Australia as of tomorrow, Monday April 20th, although it may take several days or even weeks for them to be fully released.

However much like previous colour $2 issues, there is little doubt that due to the poignant nature of the commemoration and sheer difference in design of these coins from the regular $2, people will hoard them away instead of spending them, making them quite hard to find in a short space of time. The same has happened with the 2014 $2 Remembrance Day Green Colour Coin, the 2013 $2 Coronation Purple Colour Coin and the 2012 $2 Poppy Red Colour Coin. The latter being distributed through the national RSL Red Poppy Appeal rather than through the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Canada is the only other country to have released colour coinage into circulation – and this is only the 4th Australian circulating coin to be issued in colour – making this a significant commemoration of the ANZAC Centenary as we approach the 100th anniversary of the battle at Gallipoli.

So keep your eye on your small change over the coming days and weeks and if you find one of these colour commemorative $2 coins be sure to post a picture below or on our Facebook Page.

More photos from the Anzac Ceremony

New 2015 Poppy Red Gallipoli $2 Coin Issued For Circulation

It has been announced that a newly designed $2 coin will be issued into circulation as of Monday, April 20, 2015. 2015Red2Dollars The surprise announcement was made on the 3AW radio station yesterday, when Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasurer Kelly O’Dwyer was discussing the events to be held at Malvern Gardens as part of the 100th anniversary of Gallipoli commemorations.

Struck by the Royal Australian Mint, the coin will be unveiled at the Anzac Centenary March that kicks off at 11am on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Malvern Gardens on the corner of High St & Park St, Malvern, Victoria.

This will be only the 4th coloured $2 coin issued in Australia, starting with the Red Poppy Remembrance Day $2 coin in 2012. In 2013 there was a Purple $2 issued to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2014, a Green $2 was released into circulation to honour Remembrance Day.

Collectors and the general public alike have delighted in finding and hoarding away these coloured coins over the last few years, and you would now be very lucky to find any of them in your change. The new 2015-dated Red Poppy $2 will undoubtedly be no different.

“It’s an incredible design.” Mrs O’Dwyer said. Going on to describe the coin as “Poppy red” with a design consisting of crosses and poppies. The Australian Government currency determination website describes the design of the coin as having the inscription ‘LEST WE FORGET’, with a series of red coloured stripes arranged in a repetitive circular pattern surrounding the central circle. The coin will also carry a representation of poppy flowers between 5 stylised representations of crosses, along with the coin denomination of TWO DOLLARS.

So, be sure to keep your eye out for this special new colour $2, and let us know when you find one!

Aussies – You could have a $2,500 coin in your change right now!

Twenty Cents 1981 Canadian Mint 3.5 clawinfographic-smallThe humble Australian 20c piece has a surprising number of secrets – one of which is worth a potential $2,500 to anyone lucky enough to find it.

Over at Downies.com we’ve put together an infographic that takes a look at the 20 cent piece, and some of the valuable error types that can be found in change.

Check it out here

Have you found a valuable or unusual coin in your change?

The Australian $1 Celebrates its 30th Anniversary!

1984 $1 First Dollar ProofExactly 30 years ago today, the Reserve Bank of Australia introduced the $1 coin into circulation, on May 14th, 1984. It replaced the $1 banknote that had circulated since the inception of Decimal Currency in 1966. Stuart Devlin’s now famous Mob of Roos featured on that initial circulating $1 coin and has been a favourite amongst collector and non-collector alike ever since.

According to the Royal Australian Mint, plans to replace the $1 note had been contemplated since the 1970s, due to the need for higher face value coins that could be used in coin operated machines, and to replace the short service life of the $1 note.

During its life there have been around 100 commemoratives issued by the Royal Australian Mint using the $1 denomination and its standard circulating specification – understandably making it one of the most popular coins amongst collectors today.

Some of the highlights of the series are:

Also worth mentioning, aside from the official commemorative releases, is the unofficial 2000 Mule Error – an error which was created when incorrect obverse and reverse dies were mistakenly matched. For those interested in reading more about this fascinating error, we featured it in a previous article here.

The introduction of the new $1 coin wasn’t the only interesting or important thing to happen in 1984. Some other events of note that occurred that year:

  • 1 February – Medicare comes into effect in Australia.
  • 2 February – Melbourne newspaper The Age publishes phone taps incriminating an unknown judge.
  • 6 February – A bomb blast wrecks the home of Judge Richard Gee in the Sydney suburb of Belrose
  • 30 March – Tennis player and 2011 US Open Grand Slam winner, Samantha Stosur is born
  • April – A 115g jar of Vegemite is the first product in Australia to be electronically scanned at a checkout
  • 19 April – Advance Australia Fair is proclaimed as Australia’s national anthem, and green and gold as the national colours.
  • 14 May, Gary Abblet Jr, a modern day AFL football marvel, is born
  • 21 August – The Federal budget is televised for the first time.
  • 25 November – Ashes Winning Cricketer Peter Siddle is born
  • July 28–August 12 – Los Angeles hosts the Games of the XXIII Olympiad.
  • The $100 Paper Banknote is issued, becoming Australia’s highest Decimal circulating denomination.

But for many, it’s the introduction of the Mob of Roos $1 coin that marked the commencement of a new era in numismatics. To celebrate, the Royal Australian Mint released a spectacular 30th anniversary high relief silver proof coin, which has delighted thousands of collectors in Australia, and around the world!
2014 $1 30th Anniversary High Relief 1oz Silver Proof
Downies is fortunate enough to have a number of this spectacular coin in stock, so if you are interested in marking this special anniversary, click here to learn more!