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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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Liberty Coin Service’s Patrick A. Heller To Participate In US Mint Numismatic Forum!

Dollars and Sense
September 22, 2017 3:00 PM

Liberty Coin Service's Communications Officer Patrick A. Heller has received and accepted an invitation from the United States Mint to participate in the Mint's 2017 Numismatic Forum on October 17 at the Mint's headquarters in Washington, DC. The theme of the event is "Numismatics--The Road Ahead." Participation is by invitation only and is likely to be only 50-60 people.

Said LCS CEO and owner Tom Coulson, “We are honored that Pat has once again been recognized by the US Mint with this invitation to meet with US Mint staff. Liberty Coin Service is committed to supporting the hobby of coin and paper money collecting. Consulting with the staff of the US Mint is just one more way we promote the use of money for educational purposes and recreation. Pat participated in the Mint's first Numismatic Forum in Philadelphia last October, the only participant from Michigan, then wrote an article on the event posted at http://www.numismaticnews.net/article/mint-holds-forum that contains extensive feedback and suggestions to the US Mint.”

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Key Takeaways from the American Nusmatic Association Conference

Dollars and Sense
September 21, 2017 3:00 PM

For his latest batch of insight on Dollars and Sense, Patrick Heller discusses several numismatic and financial stories that have been of interest in 2017.


In this six segment episode he then interviews Dr. Samuel Gregg, Director of Research for the Acton Institute in Grand Rapids.  

Patrick then shares with us a conversation he had with Brett Irick from the American Numismatic Association Conference in March 2017.

Dr. Samuel Gregg is pictured to the right and Brett Irick is pictured down below. 

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Liberty Coin Service Expands Foreign Currency Exchange Operations!

Dollars and Sense
September 6, 2017 9:00 AM

On the basis of a 15% increase in customer demand for foreign currency exchange services thus far in 2017, Liberty Coin Service in Lansing has added five more currencies to those it regularly stocks for immediate delivery to travelers. The additional currencies now stocked are from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Iceland, India, and Israel.

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LCS’s Heller Honored Three Times During National Convention!

Dollars and Sense
August 11, 2017 4:00 PM

On August 3, during the American Numismatic Association (ANA) World’s Fair of Money Convention in Denver, Colorado, Liberty Coin Service Communications Officer Patrick A. Heller was honored three times. The ANA recognized him as the 2017 recipient of the Exemplary Service Award. From the Numismatic Literary Guild (NLG) he was honored as the 2017 recipient of the Best Dealer Newsletter or Magazine and Best Radio Report.

Tom Coulson, CEO of Liberty Coin Service, said, “The Exemplary Service Award is given to those who have served the ANA and its Mission. Pat has served on ANA committees for twelve years, including eight years as a chair or co-chair. For the past three years, he volunteered his time as an ANA-certified numismatic exhibit judge. In addition, he has been extremely active in promoting the ANA’s mission to use money as an educational tool. Over the decades, Pat has made hundreds of presentations at schools, taught classes on coin collecting, and made countless presentations across the country to Scout organizations, 4-H groups, numismatic clubs, churches, and a variety or adult organizations. He was previously honored by the ANA with a Presidential Award in 2008 and with the Harry Forman Numismatic Dealer of the Year Award.”

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Excerpts from the Annual American Numismatic Association Conference and More

Dollars and Sense
July 31, 2017 4:00 PM

Patrick Heller talks with Rod Gillis, Education Director for the American Numismatic Association at the American Numismatic Association Conference in March 2017. Patrick also talks about the current financial market and more! 

(Including how cities and states could be facing more and more budget challenges going forward, with new reporting requirements).

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LCS’s Heller Helped Change Laws In Four Other States In 2017!

Dollars and Sense
July 28, 2017 5:00 PM

When North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed House Bill 434 into law on July 25, a law that exempts the retail sales of legal tender coins and currency and precious metals bullion from sales and use taxes in that state, it became the fourth state thus far in 2017 where Liberty Coin Service Communications Officer Patrick A. Heller helped to change a law.

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Liberty Coin Survey Results

Dollars and Sense
December 23, 2016 5:00 PM

White-Tailed Buck In Front Of Pictured Rocks Is Most Popular Design For 2018 Michigan Quarter

LANSING, MI  December 14, 2016— Out of 13 possible designs, the one featuring a white-tailed buck in front of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore was by far the most popular choice to appear on the forthcoming 2018 America the Beautiful Quarters® to honor Michigan in a survey of schools, coin collectors, and the general public conducted by Lansing’s Liberty Coin Service.

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Liberty Coins Acquires Rare 1945 Detroit Tigers/Chicago Cubs World Series Game 1 Ticket

Dollars and Sense
October 28, 2016 11:00 AM

This week Liberty Coins purchased at its store, a high quality rarity—a 1945 ticket for the Detroit Tigers hosting the Chicago Cubs in World Series Game 1. 

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Fabricating Historical U.S. Coins

Dollars and Sense
September 14, 2016 9:00 AM

Patrick A. Heller speaks with Jesse Patrick of the Patrick Mint in Santa Rosa, California. Jesse began working as a coin dealer in Detroit, where he grew up.  He began the Patrick Mint to begin producing tokens and medals that bear similarities to historical US Coins. Most of these issues were used for advertising by the businesses and customers that commissioned the jobs, The Patrick Mint also fabricated the Alongside Night ¼ Ounce Gold and Silver Commemoratives for the movie Alongside for which Patrick A. Heller was Executive Producer and financier.

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Designing for the U.S. Mint

Dollars and Sense
September 13, 2016 4:30 PM

Patrick A. Heller talks with John Mercanti, former Chief Engraver for the United States Mint from 2006-2010.  Mercanti designed 100 coins and medals while working at the US Mint since 1974, beginning as an illustrator. Among his most famous coins are the reverse design for the US Silver Eagle Dollars that have been struck annually since 1986.

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