In a recent press release from the Royal Australian Mint, we have learned that there is a new commemorative coin being released.
This coin celebrates the 90th anniversary of Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions’ The Ghan. It will be a new colored 50-cent coin depicting the Australian train.
In 1929, the Afghan Express steam train commenced its first route to Stuart (now Alice Springs). In its early days it was known to be unpredictable and famously ended up stranded in the desert for two weeks. It is now known as the Ghan and its route has expanded from Adelaide in South Australia through Alice Springs all the way to Darwin.
Not only is there a new coin, but also they are announcing a competition along with it!
Customers who purchase a 2019 50c Colored Uncirculated coin (90th Anniversary of the Ghan) can enter this competition by sharing a photo of their new coin depicting “where their journey will begin”.
Winners will be announced on Sept. 6, 2019. Complete instructions for the competition can be found on their website at ramint.gov. The coin itself has a limited mintage of 30,000 and retails for $15.00.