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!

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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.

The Royal Australian Mint Offers Production Coins in Downies Auction

In it’s 50th year the Royal Australian Mint will be making available around 1,100 unique production pieces in the next Downies Australian Coin Auctions, to be held at the Box Hill Town Hall in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs from May 26-28.

Royal Australian Mint Logo 50 Years

The announcement of the RAM’s participation in ACA sale 319 was posted on their Press Release Page yesterday afternoon and you can read the whole release here.

The list of items on offer as part of the Royal Australian Mint Master Collection – consigned exclusively to Downies Australian Coin Auctions – will be presented in an official catalogue, which will be made available to the public at the end of April. The list will also be published on the ACA website just prior to the printed catalogues being made available.

With around 1,100 items being included by the Royal Australian Mint alone, on top of the several thousand coins, banknotes and collectables submitted by the general public, sale 319 is shaping up to be our biggest auction yet!

At The Block: What treasures will be found in Downies coin Auction 314?

The second sale in Downies Australian Coin Auctions’ 50th anniversary year is ramping up. Viewings commenced on Tuesday the 3rd of July and are currently underway, with Sale 314 itself running from July 9th to 11th. Interest is obviously high thanks to the ongoing anniversary celebrations, but there is another reason. In the first sale of the year, Sale 313, two extremely rare, if not unique, previously undiscovered  mules* were found – an numismatists around the globe wait with bated breath to see if a similar discovery will be made in Sale 314.

The first of the two mules in question was a halfpenny mule with a British obverse partnered with a New Zealand reverse, dated 1965 and graded brown EF, is pictured below:

Halfpenny 1965 muled with British Halfpenny obverse

The second, truly astonishing, mule was an Australian 50c piece with the appropriate 1977 Elizabeth II obverse, but the standard Stuart Devlin coat of arms reverse. Every 1977 50c piece was intended to bear a special commemorative design to celebrate the silver jubilee of the Queen and the coin in question simply should not exist – and there are no records in standard collecting guides of it doing so prior to Sale 313 this year.

Fifty Cents 1977 coat-of-arms reverse instead of the normal silver jubilee reverse (weight 15.41gms)

Esteemed numismatic writer Dr. Kerry Rodgers recently wrote an excellent article on the matter – published on Numismaster.com here.

As for Sale 314 – what will it bring? Could Australian numismatics be lucky enough to discover yet more heretofore unknown rarities? Let us know what you think in the comments.

*For those who are wondering, in numismatics a ‘mule’ is a coin “whose obverse die is not matched with its official or regular reverse die” (take from McDonald’s Coin guide).