Canberra teenager snags first coin of 2017 after queuing since Christmas
Posted January 01, 2017 13:05:45
Dedication has paid off for a Canberra teenager who spent a week camped outside the Royal Australian Mint to claim the first coin struck anywhere in the world in 2017.
Luke Marshall, 16, arrived at the Mint on Christmas Day, and maintained a campsite by the Mint’s entrance through blistering sun, rain, and even a bout of food poisoning.
“I had to go home twice, one time because my skin was starting to go purple because of sunburn,” he said.
“I never thought about giving up … it was always ‘I’ve gotta try and stick it out’.”
The reward for his ordeal was the first coin made …
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