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Liberty Coins kicks off 2nd annual summer Free Coins For Students Program!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017  
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Following a successful debut last summer, Liberty Coins in the Frandor Shopping Center has again started giving away free coins to incoming kindergarten through high school students from now to Labor Day. Students will be able to select and keep six foreign coins each visit from a treasure chest at the store. Liberty will also track the schools attended by students 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 (though last year’s winning school, Pinecrest Elementary in East Lansing, will not be eligible to repeat).

Said Liberty Coin Service Owner Tom Coulson, “We will once again treat schoolchildren with free coins each time they visit our store during summer vacation. No purchase necessary. However, we also want to use this program to benefit education and schools. Coins can be used to help teach math, history, art, geography, economics, world culture, language, and other subjects, which is why we donate coins for this purpose. As we did with Pinecrest in the current school year, we will help the winning school with ideas on how to use these coins effectively to reinforce learning—including having our staff make educational presentations.”

Coulson continued, “The runners-up in school for the coin giveaway last summer were Laingsburg Middle School, Lansing Christian School, and Portland St. Patrick. Students from dozens of schools or who were homeschooled enjoyed picking out coins from the treasure chest. We are also planning to again work with schools in early 2018 when the America The Beautiful Quarter honoring Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is released.”

Frequently-honored Liberty Coin Service, founded in 1971, is Michigan’s largest rare coin and precious metals dealership. It has been located in Lansing’s Frandor Shopping Center since 1975. Before Tom Coulson began working full-time at Liberty Coins, he intended to be a teacher, even working as a student teacher in the Northwest School District in Jackson County. 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 US Mint Engraver Donna Weaver to create the master dies for that coin issue. Over the years, Liberty’s staff have made hundreds of presentations to mid-Michigan schools from the pre-school to college level and seek more such requests from teachers.


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