Celebrating 90 years of The Ghan with a new 50c Coin and Competition


The Royal Australian Mint is celebrating 90 years of Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions’ The Ghan, with a new coloured 50 cent coin depicting the iconic Australian train and the launch of a competition to win 2 tickets for the transcontinental journey.

Royal Australian Mint CEO, Ross MacDiarmid says the new coin and exciting 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.

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.

The Mint is offering the exclusive opportunity to win two tickets for The Ghan’s luxury trip from Adelaide to Darwin (one-way).  Customers who purchase a 2019 50c Coloured Uncirculated Coin – 90th Anniversary of The Ghan coin, can enter the competition to win, simply by sharing a photo featuring their new 50c Ghan coin depicting where their journey will begin.  Winners will be announced on 6 September 2019.   Complete instructions on how to enter and conditions of entry are available here.

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 be purchased from the Mint’s website or Contact Centre (1300 652 020). 

Media Enquiries:

Royal Australian Mint: Heather McGirr, Heather.McGirr@ramint.gov.au, 0418 164 769

Download the 2019 50c Coloured Uncirculated 90th Anniversary - The Ghan Coin
Download the 2019 50c Coloured Uncirculated 90th Anniversary - The Ghan Coin