Papal coin struck as Philly thank you to first responders

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 Several thousand papal coins have been struck as a thank you for first responders in Philadelphia during the papal weekend. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Several thousand papal coins have been struck as a thank you for first responders in Philadelphia during the papal weekend. (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

First responders will receive a little token of appreciation from the city of Philadelphia for their work this weekend to protect the million or so pilgrims expected to congregate for the events featuring Pope Francis.

Public Safety Director Michael Resnick said several thousand coins have been minted at the request of Mayor Michael Nutter to distribute to the police, firefighters and other first responders who are working this weekend.

“It’s got the seal of the city of Philadelphia on one side, and on the other side, it says Michael A. Nutter, mayor, 2015 papal visit with a relief of city hall,” he said.

Resnick calls it a keepsake and thank-you gift.

“It’s a small token of appreciation for all the men and women, their hard work, their dedication and everything that they do,” he said.

Several thousand coins have been struck, although the city isn’t saying exactly how many first responders are involved in the security plans.

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