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Dollars and Sense, hosted by Patrick Heller, keeps you up-to-date and knowledgeable on economic, currency, and commodity issues.

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Early Michigan Governors Come To Liberty Coin Service

Dollars and Sense
January 23, 2020 3:00 PM

For the next few weeks, Liberty Coin Service in Lansing’s Frandor Shopping Center is exhibiting selections of an early Michigan history treasure trove.  The documents on exhibit are letters signed by Michigan territorial and state governors and US Senators from 1805 up into the 20th Century.

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Liberty Coin Service’s Heller Honored As “Numismatic Ambassador!”

Dollars and Sense
January 14, 2020 4:00 PM

At the Florida United Numismatist convention in Orlando, Florida on January 10, 2020, Liberty Coin Service Communications Officer Patrick A. Heller was honored as one of five new “Numismatic Ambassadors.”  He is now one of just over 200 people so honored by the hobby and industry since 1974. 

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Liberty Coin Service | Fed Actions And Statements Indicate Major Risk Of Near-Term Economic Downturn!

Dollars and Sense
September 23, 2019 12:00 PM

Liberty Coin Service owner and CEO, Tom Coulson, says this week’s actions and statements by Federal Reserve officials as indicating a major risk of a near-term US economic downturn.


 “On Tuesday, the Federal Reserve stepped in to inject liquidity into the bank overnight loan market by purchasing US Treasury debt from banks.  The liquidity crunch in this market was so extreme that the annual interest rate on overnight bank loans spiked to 10% by Tuesday morning.  The Federal Reserve injected $53 billion into this market on Tuesday and another $75 billion on Wednesday.  Such a move almost always signifies major distress in the US banking system.  The last time the Federal Reserve took such actions was in 2008, during the Great Recession, when banks were so afraid of possible failure by other banks that they were averse to lending overnight money to other banks.”

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Liberty Coin Service’s Heller Receives Two More National Honors!

Dollars and Sense
September 3, 2019 1:00 PM

At the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) Annual Awards Ceremony on August 15, 2019, Liberty Coin Service’s Communications Officer Patrick A. Heller was honored with awards for Best Investment Newsletter and Best Radio Report.  The awards ceremony was conducted during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money held in Rosemont, Illinois.


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Liberty Coins Offers Free Appraisals In March!

Dollars and Sense
February 27, 2019 4:00 PM

To help area residents discover any unknown treasures they may have sitting in their closets, attics, basements, cupboards, and safe deposit boxes, Liberty Coins in the Frandor Shopping Center is offering Free Appraisals In March.  The event will continue through March 30.

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Liberty Coin Service Forecasts That US Mint 2019 Apollo 11 Commemorative Silver Dollar Will Be Extremely Popular!

Dollars and Sense
October 16, 2018 3:00 PM

On October 11, the United States Mint unveiled the common design for the seven-coin series of the 2019 Apollo 11 Commemoratives, where Liberty Coin Service projects that the 5 Ounce .999 fine Silver Dollar will be the most popular choice with the best long-term appreciation prospects.  The US Mint will begin selling these coins on January 24, 2019.

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Dollars & Sense with Patrick Heller

Dollars and Sense
October 8, 2018 7:00 AM

Patrick J. Heller recently hit the road to catch up with some great interviews for his latest collection of 'Dollars and Sense'. Shared below are basic descriptions of his conversations, along with to PodCast where you can hear those interviews.
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Liberty Coin Service’s Heller Honored With Another National Award!

Dollars and Sense
August 30, 2018 10:00 AM

At a ceremony at the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 16, Liberty Coin Service Communications Officer Patrick A. Heller was one of five people honored with this year’s ANA Glenn Smedley Memorial Service Award.  The award recognizes ANA members for their efforts to better the ANA and exhibit a positive attitude, strong communication skills, cooperation, and dependability.

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Liberty Coin Service's Newly Discovered $2.00 Lazy Deuce Lansing, Michigan Banknote

Dollars and Sense
June 20, 2018 1:00 PM

The Only Known Surviving US $2.00 “Lazy Deuce” Note Issued for a Lansing, Michigan Bank

What Were National Bank Notes?

Prior to the Civil War, the US government did not issue paper money.  Instead, some states, cities, private banks, and other companies issued notes that were theoretically redeemable in specie (gold or silver).  Oversight of these issuers was often lax and there were several fraudulent issues.

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Liberty Coin Service Giving Away 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarters To Benefit Greater Lansing Food Bank!

Dollars and Sense
January 23, 2018 6:00 AM

To celebrate the debut of the US Mint’s 2018 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarter, on Saturday, February 10 Lansing coin dealer Liberty Coin Service (LCS) will begin giving them away to people who bring to the store non-perishable food or cash donations to the Greater Lansing Food Bank. The event, called the “Cans For Quarters Food-Raiser,” will continue through March 31, 2018. Customers will receive one quarter for each of the first four food items they donate and a 40-coin roll of Pictured Rocks Quarters for cash donations of $25.00 or more.

Said LCS CEO and owner Tom Coulson, “This will be the fourth time that Liberty has celebrated the introduction of a new coin by giving away quarters in a Food-Raiser to support the Greater Lansing Food Bank. We began this tradition in 1999 with the first issue of the Statehood Quarter series, then again in 2004 with the release of the Michigan Statehood Quarter, and once more in 2010 for the first issue of the current America the Beautiful Quarter series. In each of the previous campaigns, we brought in multiple tons of food donations and thousands of dollars in cash contributions. We want to do even better this time around. We thank the Peoples State Bank in Munising, Michigan for providing us a supply of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Quarters to allow us to begin this Food-Raiser before the coins will start showing up at banks in the Lansing area.”

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