LANSING, Mich. June 28, 2016 - Following its successful Free Money giveaway on Saturday June 18, Liberty Coins will continue to give away free coins to incoming kindergarten through high school students from now up to Labor Day. Students will be able to select and keep up to six foreign coins each day from a treasure chest at the store in the Frandor Shopping Center. As a bonus, Liberty will track the schools attended by children to donate a 20-pound bag of foreign coins (about 3,000 pieces) to the school whose students visit the store most often between now and Labor Day.
Said Liberty Coin Service Owner Tom Coulson, “Our customers had lots of fun when we gave them the small bags of foreign coins that day. So, we will continue to treat schoolchildren with free coins for the rest of summer vacation. No purchase necessary. However, we also want to use this program to benefit education. Coins can be used to help teach math, history, art, geography, economics, world culture, and other subjects, which is why we will donate coins for this purpose. We will help the winning school with ideas on how to use these coins effectively to stimulate learning—even arranging for our staff to make requested presentations.”
Coulson continued, “For instance, LCS’s Patrick A. Heller over the past few years has given presentations to high school world history classes about the coins used in ancient Rome, where students were able to hold in their hands the coins actually spent by people 2,000 years ago. Students in those classes report that holding historic coins made the subject material more memorable and relevant to them.”
Frequently-honored Liberty Coin Service, founded in 1971, is Michigan’s largest rare coin and precious metals dealership. Former owner and current Communications Officer Patrick A. Heller calls himself the “Unofficial Artist” of the 2004 Michigan Statehood Quarter for being the primary author of the written instructions supplied to Engraver Donna Weaver to create the master dies for the US Mint coin issue. Liberty Coin Service has been located in the Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing since 1975. Over the years, Heller and other staff at Liberty have made hundreds of presentations to schools from the pre-school to college level and will continue to respond to such requests from teachers.
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