Lansing coin dealer Patrick A. Heller was honored with the Michigan State Numismatic Society President’s Award during the MSNS award ceremony Nov. 27 in Dearborn, Mich. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the MSNS Fall Convention.
The President’s Award is given to individuals on the basis of “outstanding contributions to numismatics and Michigan in particular,” and is not an annual award.
“I appreciate the recognition of the time, talent and financial support I have been able to provide to MSNS over the years,” said Heller. “It would not be possible for me to have offered my services without the support of my deeply experienced professional staff. They deserve this honor along with me. Their efforts made it possible for me to chair MSNS committees, lead the effort that won the sales and use tax exemption on the retail sales of precious metals and rare coins in Michigan, and sponsor MSNS Young Numismatist activities.”
Heller established Liberty Coin Service, located in Lansing, Mich., in 1971. It is Michigan’s largest rare coins and precious metals bullion dealership. Heller also owns Premier Coins & Collectibles, also in Lansing.
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Heller writes a monthly newsletter, “Liberty’s Outlook,” posted at www.libertycoinservice.com. He also writes weekly gold and precious metals commentaries for www.numismaster.com and www.coinupdate.com. His award-winning weekly radio program titled “Things You ‘Know’ That Just Aren’t So, And Important News You Need To Know” streams live and is archived at www.1320wils.com.
Heller’s other recent honors include the 2011 Numismatic Literary Guild Award, the 2010 Professional Numismatists Guild Abe Kosoff Founders Award and the American Numismatic Association Presidential Award in 2008.
MSNS, founded in 1956, is a non-profit organization that supports the study and collecting of rare coins, paper money and related items. For more information, visit www.michigancoinclub.org.