Liberty Coin Service’s Heller Honored With National Outstanding Service Award!
Friday, January 15, 2016
Posted by: Eric Dimoff
Patrick A. Heller, Owner Emeritus and Communications Officer of Liberty Coin Service in Lansing, was honored during the Industry Council for Tangible Assets (ICTA) Board of Directors meeting in Tampa, Florida on January 6 as the first recipient of the newly created Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award.
Said Liberty Coin Service Owner and General Manager Tom Coulson, “Pat has served ICTA as treasurer and as a member of the board of directors since 2002. His groundbreaking research led to the Michigan state government adopting a sales and use tax exemption on rare coin and precious metals retail sales in 1999. This research and subsequent documentation that the Michigan Treasury total tax collections increased as a result of this exemption have since been used in at least seven states to establish or expand similar exemptions. Pat’s efforts have benefitted coin collectors, dealers, and state treasuries across the country. He has been an asset to this company and to the greater Lansing community.”
The Industry Council for Tangible Assets, founded in in the early 1980s, is the rare coin and precious metals dealers’ national trade association. The newly established Diane Piret Memorial Outstanding Service Award commemorates the 25-year ICTA career of the organization’s Industry Affairs Director who died in 2015.
Frequently honored Liberty Coin Service, founded in 1971, is Michigan’s largest rare coin and precious metals dealership. It is one of only five coin dealerships worldwide whose staff includes four or more Professional Numismatist Guild members. Former owner Patrick A. Heller has received numerous local and national awards over his career, including the 2012 Harry Forman National Coin Dealer of the Year from the American Numismatic Association. Heller also 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.