Celebrating Australia’s Afghan cameleers

Afghan cameleers played a vital role in the early European exploration and settlement of inland Australia during the 19th and early 20th centuries.
By Australian Geographic May 6, 2020 Reading Time: 2 Minutes Print this page

The Royal Australian Mint is paying tribute to that remarkable history with the release of two coins: a special 50c uncirculated coin and a 50c silver proof collectable coin.

The new coin design from the Royal Australian Mint.

Because camels were well suited to the harsh desert conditions of the Aussie outback, small groups of camel drivers were brought here between the 1860s and 1930s from British India, Central Asia and the Middle East. Collectively they were referred to as “Afghans” or “Ghans”, the latter abbreviated form inspiring the name of Australia’s famous inland railway.

Both coins depict the same image of a cameleer in traditional Muslim headdress, alongside a camel laden with packs and wearing a decorative harness. A train of pack-camels appears at the bottom of the coins and the edges are decorated in a traditional Islamic pattern. Only 2500 of these commemorative coins will be produced and you can purchase them directly from the mint here.

We also have three individual 50c silver proof coins from the collection, valued at $85 each, to giveaway.

Enter here:

    Terms and conditions:
    Competition is open to Australian residents only. Entry opens at midnight AEST on 06 May 2020 and closes at 11.59pm AEST on 1 July 2020. This is a game of skill and entrants must answer in 30 words or less, ‘”In 30 words or less let us know what you would name your camel if you had one
    and why?’ Three winners will receive one commemorative individual 50c silver proof coin from the collection. Entries will be judged after 01 July 2020 at the promoter’s premises. Delivery included in the giveaway. Remote areas can incur extra charges.