Patrick A. Heller, CPA, General Manager, editor of Liberty’s Outlook Newsletter, and gold market commentator
I began collecting coins in 1964, as did almost everyone in my family. My father worked in the foreign aid program, so we had access to interesting coins from many countries. After getting my BBA with Distinction from the University of Michigan in 1974, I worked for seven years as a Certified Public Accountant. I set the office record for a high score as I passed the CPA exam in my first attempt.
In 1975, I visited Liberty Coins for the first time. In 1981, after realizing sizeable profits on my coin investments, I became part owner of LCS, Michigan’s largest rare coin and precious metals dealership. I have been sole owner since 1995.
Besides helping customers, writing the monthly newsletter and a weekly gold commentary, I do much of the public relations work. I am a frequent speaker to community groups and schools. My current collecting interests include gold coins from Liberia, tokens and paper money from Lapeer, Michigan and Menomonie, Wisconsin, and (with my children) coins that bear the word “Heller.”
My professional writings have appeared in the Journal of Accountancy (January 1980), The Wall Street Journal (December 1987), Numismatic News (various), and Michigan Banker (October 1999). Pieces I have written in Liberty’s Outlook or for Numismaster have been reprinted, linked, or cited in dozens of publications every month. I have also written a number of short stories and four books of poetry, with some publishing success.
I have life memberships in the American Numismatic Association (ANA), Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS), Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS), Society for Paper Money Collectors (SPMC), and Florida United Numismatists (FUN). In 2007, I was voted into membership of the Professional Numismatists Guild, an exclusive association of the world’s top coin dealers. I am a consultant for the Law Enforcement Numismatic Expert Network of the Numismatic Crime Information Center. I am also a member of numerous other numismatic organizations as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
I currently serve on the Board of Directors and as Treasurer of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, the national trade association for the rare coin and precious metals industry. From 2003 to 2005, I served as a member of the ANA’s Committee on the Future of the Hobby. From 2007 to 2009, I served as chair of the ANA’s Finance and Budget Committee. For MSNS, I am the chair of the Elections Committee.
Allan Beegle and I were two of the main three people that worked on the project that succeeded in enactment of a law to eliminate sales and use taxes on the sale of rare coins and precious metals in Michigan (effective July 7, 1999).
I was Chair of the MSNS Committee for the Design of the 2004 Michigan Quarter. Former Michigan Governor John Engler appointed me to serve on the Michigan Quarter Commission. In my work on the Commision, I was the primary author of the written descriptions of all five potential Michigan Quarter designs that were sent to the U.S. Mint. It is a genuine thrill to participate in the meeting when Governor Jennifer Granholm selected the design for the Michigan Quarter, to personally strike one of the first Michigan Quarters struck at the U.S. Mint, and to be part of the public launch ceremony of the Michigan Quarter.
I have been frequently interviewed by television, radio, and newspaper media in Michigan. Over the years, I have received multiple awards for my efforts at introducing young collectors into the hobby and for other public service.
I was honored with the 2003 George Hatie Memorial Award, MSNS’s highest award, as only the second recipient so recognized in MSNS’s then 49-year history. I was also presented with the 2004 Socially Responsible Entrepreneurial Award of Greater Lansing. In 2008, I was honored with the ANA Presidential Award.
Other activities include serving as Treasurer and a Director of Cryonics Institute of Clinton Township, Michigan
My wife Pamela and I are busy with six grandchildren, three grown children–Alina, Mary, and Ashley, and two at home–Dan and Amy, the last two who we adopted from the Marshall Islands. Dan received a lot of publicity in 2004 when he attended the Michigan Quarter Ceremonial Strike Ceremony at the Denver Mint, becoming one of the youngest people to ever strike a U.S. coin. We travel a lot; I have been to all 50 states and 29 countries on four continents.