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World’s First Fire Engine Coin a Tribute to a Childhood Passion

I have always loved fire engines, since my earliest memories.  The colours, the arresting wail of a siren, the very nobility of a vehicle whose sole purpose for existence is the preservation of life and property – to this day, it is perhaps the continuing child in me that still thrills with every encounter.  As my involvement in numismatics and antiquities in general developed in adulthood, I further grew to appreciate the aesthetics and history of vintage fire engines, with their special charm and evolution.  Even entering my second decade as a professional coin dealer, however, I would never have anticipated being the catalyst for the world’s first legal-tender Fire Engine coin.

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