2019 RAM 50c CuNi Coloured Uncirculated Coin In Card - 90th Anniversary of The Ghan

In 2019 The Ghan, one of Australia’s most famous railway journeys, will
celebrate its 90th anniversary. Since its humble beginnings as a steam
train forging its way through fires and floods, The Ghan has become a
luxurious holiday journey. This 2019 50c Uncirculated Coin celebrates 90
years of this iconic transcontinental adventure, for train enthusiasts,
collectors, and fans of the iconic Ghan.
In 1929 the Afghan Express steam train commenced its route to Stuart
(now known as Alice Springs), carrying passengers, livestock and
supplies. The narrow-gauge line followed the same route taken by inland
explorer John McDouall Stuart in 1864. In its early days, the train’s
journey was rough and often dangerous. It frequently encountered fires,
severe weather, flooding, and once was famously stranded in the desert
for two weeks.
Now known as The Ghan, the Great Southern Rail route has expanded
from Adelaide in South Australia through Alice Springs, all the way to
Darwin in the Northern Territory. The 2,979 km journey takes four days
and three nights, and includes off-train excursions at Katherine, Alice
Springs and Coober Pedy. Since its days as a rough steam train, The Ghan
is now considered one of the world’s great railway journeys and is a
luxury tourist destination in its own right.
  • Presented in a card featuring the Great Southern Rail’s iconic Ghan
  • 2019 50c CuNi uncirculated coin.
  • Coin’s reverse celebrates the 90th anniversary of the iconic Ghan
  • Coin’s obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
    designed by Ian Rank-Broadley
  • Australian legal tender coin
  • Specifications: 50c CuNi 15.55g 31.51mm
  • Maximum Mintage: 30,000