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The Royal Australian Mint is releasing a new coloured 50 cent coin to celebrate one of the nation's most iconic railway journeys.
The Afghan Express steam train, now fondly known as the Ghan, has cemented itself as a "luxury tourist experience" since it first ventured from Adelaide to Alice Springs, then Stuart, in 1929.
After a almost a century in operation and the extension of the route to allow off-train visits to Coober Pedy and Katherine, the mint is paying tribute to the 2,979km rail adventure.
The coin pays homage to the iconic Ghan steam rail. (of Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions)
“The Ghan is a national icon and celebrating 90 years of adventure across the country is a significant achievement,” said Journey Beyond Rail Expeditions Managing Director Steve Kernaghan.
A coloured 50 cent piece depicting the red steam train has been released but will not go into circulation.
If you want to get your hands on the mint condition currency you'll need to buy it directly from the mint, which will also give you the opportunity to enter a competition to win a one-way trip on the Ghan.
The coin retails for 30 times its technical value.
This article first appeared on www.9news.com.au
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