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Celebrating 150 years of Steam Railways in Australia with the release of a $5 silver Proof Coin on 23 August, the Royal Australian Mint will recognise a significant milestone in Australia's history.

With the longest stretch of straight railway line in the world, railways hold a special place in Australia. This service has helped shape the nation by opening up passenger and freight routes.

In a fitting tribute the Royal Australian Mint has produced a design that compliments the beginning of railways in Australia. Vladimir Gottwald's depiction of a steam train emerging from the Australian landscape recognises the significance of this event in the development of the country.

A 150 years ago the Hobson's Bay Railway Company's first steam train left on the 4 kilometre journey from Flinders Street to Port Melbourne on 12 September 1854. Today Australia has an extensive railway system that links the country.

The 150 Years of Steam Railways in Australia $5 Silver Proof Coin retails for $68.50 and is limited to a mintage of 15,000.

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