New 50 cent coin pays tribute to 90 years of The Ghan

 
Topic moved from News by bevans on 08 Jul 2019 15:42
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I will certainly be picking up one of these to add to my trans Australian connection purchased at the 100 year anniversary of the line being placed into traffic.

New 50 cent coin pays tribute to 90 years of The Ghan

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  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
I think a better idea would have been to strike a half dollar (nb not 50c piece) or better yet, a dollar in two halves, to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of HMAS Melbourne’s most decisive naval victory.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
A 90 year anniversary for the Ghan (or anything else) seems odd to me.

HMAS Melbourne, of course, had two major victories at sea:

  1. The sinking of HMAS Voyager on 10 February 1964
  2. The sinking of USS Frank E Evans on 3 June 1969
  Aaron Minister for Railways

Location: University of Adelaide SA
Well voyager was friendly fire, Evans in 1969 represented triumph literally ‘over’ a foreign power.
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
I will certainly be picking up one of these to add to my trans Australian connection purchased at the 100 year anniversary of the line being placed into traffic.

New 50 cent coin pays tribute to 90 years of The Ghan
bevans
Perhaps someone thinks it wont be running in 10 years time for its centenary...

My wife and I joked about booking for the centenary run as we travelled on the 50 Y anniversary run back in August 79.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Placed an order for 2 coins which I thought were good value.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
What is/should be the job of the Mint?

  1. To manufacture coins
  2. Make money
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

A number of Australia's 'normal' coins cost more to make than they are worth, so I thank the useful idiots who pay over the odds for souvenirs like this to help cover the cost of making cash available to the people of Australia.

On a side note, any politician can improve their chance of winning my vote in a federal election by pledging to discontinue production of the 5¢ coin (but still keep it as legal tender, as was done with the 1¢ and 2¢ in the 1990s) and introduce rules for rounding cash transactions to the nearest 10¢ if the customer does not have any 5¢ coins.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

A number of Australia's 'normal' coins cost more to make than they are worth, so I thank the useful idiots who pay over the odds for souvenirs like this to help cover the cost of making cash available to the people of Australia.
justapassenger
On the other hand, what is the cost to produce a bank note?

I'm sure all the Numismatics would love to be called "useful", although the "idiot" is a but harsh. There are many hobbies in this world - being a railway enthusiast comes a fair way down the pecking order, I would think, way below your "useful idiots" in number.
  NG Sulzers Deputy Commissioner

Location: Quorn
Coins issued this year are about six years to late for the 90th anniversary of the Ghan running.

The Ghan has been running since August 1923, which means a centenary of running is only four years away now.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

Coins issued this year are about six years to late for the 90th anniversary of the Ghan running.

The Ghan has been running since August 1923, which means a centenary of running is only four years away now.
NG Sulzers
It was only officially named The Ghan in 1929 when the first train ran to Alice Springs.

The unofficial use of the name for trains to Oodnadatta dates back to the 1890s.

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