Patrick A. Heller specializes in economic outlook topics as a Radio Show Host, Columnist, Speaker, Executive Producer “Alongside Night” (economic thriller coming out on Blu-Ray DVD July 8, 2015), and owner emeritus and communications officer of Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, Michigan. His award-winning radio show Things You ‘Know’ That Just Aren’t So, And Important News You Need To Know can be heard at 8:45 AM EST Wednesday and Friday mornings on 1320-AM WILS in Lansing (http://www.1320wils.com). Patrick also writes a monthly newsletter and regular columns for Coinweek on the current economic outlook and precious metals subjects. He was honored with the American Numismatic Association’s 2012 Harry J. Forman Numismatic Dealer of the Year Award. Mr. Heller’s work has been featured in Fox Business News, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, and ABCNews.com.
2012 American Numismatic Association—Harry Forman National Coin Dealer of the Year
2010 Professional Numismatists Guild—Abe Kosoff Award (PNG’s highest award)
2003 Michigan State Numismatic Society—George Hatie Award (MSNS’s highest award
2011, 2012, 2013, Numismatic Literary Guild—Best Radio Show Award (first place or extraordinary merit)
2011 Michigan State Numismatic Society—Presidential Award
2010 Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards—Retail
2008 American Numismatic Association—Presidential Award
2004 Michigan Retailers Association Michigan—Retailer of the Year—medium volume company (unofficial runner-up)
2004 Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards—Socially Responsible
2004 United States Mint—Participant in 2004 Michigan Quarter Ceremonial Strike Ceremony, struck coin #6
2003 United States Mint—“Unofficial Artist” of the 2004 Michigan Statehood Quarter
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 Coin Service 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 was sole owner from 1995 through 2014.
Though I still serve a few customers, I now focus mostly on writing, speaking, consumer protection, and other public relations work for Liberty Coin Service. Beyond writing the company’s monthly Liberty’s Outlook, I also write weekly columns for NumismaticNews.net and produce twice weekly commentaries titled “Things You ‘Know’ That Just Aren’t So, And Important News You Need To Know” for talk radio station 1320AM WILS in Lansing, Michigan (archived at http://1320wils.com/pages/patrick-a.-heller-commentary). I have also written extensively for www.coinweek.com, www.coininfo.com, and www.coinupdate.com. Other writings have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Journal of Accountancy, and Michigan Banker. I am a frequent speaker to community groups and schools as well and coin shows and investment conferences across the country. I have written for, been quoted or cited by, or been interviewed by newspapers, radio and television stations, magazines across the country. In addition, I have consulted with coin dealers across the country on how to improve their business operations. I have been credited as a contributor to some numismatic reference catalogs.
It is important to give back to the hobby/industry of numismatics. Both Allan Beegle and I have provided pro bono support to Michigan’s Attorney General in matters of consumer protection that involve precious metals or rare coins. I am also a consultant for the Law Enforcement Numismatic Expert Network of the Numismatic Crime Information Center. I served on the American Numismatic Association’s Future of the Hobby Committee from 2003 to 2005, and have been the chair or co-chair of the ANA Budget and Finance Committee since 2007. I was certified as an ANA Exhibit Judge in 2014. For the Michigan State Numismatic Society, I have served as chair of the Election Committee for more than a decade and was also the chair of the MSNS Committee for the Design of the 2004 Michigan Quarter.
Former Michigan Governor John Engler appointed me to the Michigan Quarter Commission, 2002-2004, to work on the design of the 2004 Michigan Statehood Quarter. In that capacity, I was the primary author of the instructions sent to the U.S. Mint engravers for creating the artwork for all five candidate designs for the Michigan Quarter, which is why I call myself the “unofficial artist.” I was honored to be the only Commission member to meet with former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm when she selected the final design for the Michigan Quarter. After that, I was also fortunate to personally strike one of the first Michigan Quarters produced by the Denver Mint, then to participate in the public launch ceremony of the Michigan Quarter.
Since 2002, I have served as Treasurer and as a member of the Board of Directors of the national trade association, the Industry Council for Tangible Assets. Allan Beegle and I were two of the main three people working on the successful effort to change Michigan law to eliminate Michigan sales and use taxes on the retail sales of rare coins and precious metals in the state, effective July 7, 1999. The research I developed to support this effort has since been used to gain or expand similar exemptions in Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Louisiana, and Virginia. It has also been used in tax exemption efforts currently pending in Indiana, Minnesota, and Ohio.
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.”
I have life memberships in the American Numismatic Association (ANA), Central States Numismatic Society (CSNS), Michigan State Numismatic Society (MSNS), Society of Paper Money Collectors (SPMC), Silver Dollar Roundtable (SDR), Florida United Numismatists (FUN), and Texas Numismatic Society (TNA). 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 member of numerous other numismatic organizations and also of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants.
I personally financed and am Executive Producer of the movie Alongside Night, starring Kevin Sorbo and several actors known to Star Trek fans. There is even a cameo appearance by Dr. Ron Paul, former Congressman from Texas and three-time presidential contender. In the movie, a fictional company called Liberty Coin Service produced and distributed private Gold Liberties, which are a significant plot element. LCS owner Tom Coulson, other members of my family, and I appear in bit parts in the movie.
In other activities, I have written several short stories and published four books of poetry. I am also the Treasurer and senior member of the Board of Directors of Cryonics Institute in Clinton Township, Michigan. I have lived in or traveled to 30 countries on four continents.
My daughter Mary has served customers at Liberty for several years. My son Dan, adopted from the Marshall Islands, received a lot of publicity when he also participated in the Michigan Quarter Ceremonial Strike Ceremony at the Denver Mint in 2004. According to the U.S. Mint Press Office, he is the youngest person they know of to ever strike a U.S. coin.