Oh hello, new 50 cent piece! How colourful you look!
The Royal Australian Mint has launched a new look 50 cent coin to celebrate 90 years of ‘The Ghan’ train!
The train features on the coin, emblazoned by a bold red background – like the country side the rail treks through.
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With the launch of the new coin also comes a competition to win two tickets for the transcontinental journey! Woo Woo! (train sound).
The 90th Anniversary of the Ghan – 2019 50c Coloured Uncirculated Coin is available in a limited mintage of 30,000 – retailing for $15.00.
The coins are Australian legal tender and can only be purchased from the Mint’s website.
Royal Australian Mint CEO, Ross MacDiarmid says the new coin and competition celebrates one of Australia’s most famous railway journeys.
“This striking limited edition coin tells the story of one of the world’s great railway journeys and the Royal Australian Mint is excited to share yet another new coin with train lovers, coin collectors, fans of The Ghan and the Australian public,” said Mr MacDiarmid.
Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions Managing Director, Steve Kernaghan said they are thrilled to be partnering with the Royal Australian Mint to share a special edition coin that gives a nod to the legendary train.
“The Ghan is a national icon and celebrating 90 years of adventure across the country is a significant achievement,” said Mr Kernaghan.
Here’s the history:
In 1929, the Afghan Express steam train commenced its first route to Stuart (now Alice Springs). In its early days, the train journey could be unpredictable, and was once famously stranded in the desert for two weeks. Now known as The Ghan, the Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions route has expanded from Adelaide in South Australia through Alice Springs, all the way to Darwin. The 2,979km journey is a luxury tourist experience in its own right and includes off-train excursions in locations such as Coober Pedy, Alice Springs and Katherine.
For competition information and how to enter, click here.