Lansing, Michigan coin dealership Liberty Coin Service (LCS) has become one of only five companies in the world to employ four members of the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG). Last week, Allan Beegle (LCS Vice President and Chief Numismatist) was elected to full membership in PNG, and Paul Manderscheid (LCS Senior Numismatist and Inventory Manager) and Tom Coulson (LCS Senior Numismatist) were elected to associate membership. There are only seven PNG members in Michigan, of which four (including owner Patrick A. Heller) work at Liberty Coin Service.
“PNG membership recognizes the top echelon of coin dealers around the world,” said Patrick Heller. “The average member has worked as a full-time professional for 25 years. Allan, Paul, and Tom have each worked at Liberty for more than 25 years. They have distinguished themselves in demonstrating the PNG requirements of Knowledge, Integrity, and Responsibility. When I won the PNG’s top award last year, it was only possible with the support of a deeply experienced staff, including Allan, Paul, and Tom.”
The Professional Numismatists Guild is a non-profit organization composed of the world’s top rare coin, paper money, and precious metals experts. Founded in 1955, the PNG has approximately 280 full and associate members. Its primary mission is to make the hobby safe for collectors and investors by maintaining rigid standards of excellence for member dealers.
Liberty Coin Service, in the Bank of America and Clippert Buildings in the Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing, was established in 1971. It is Michigan’s largest rare coins and precious metals bullion dealership. Owner Patrick A. Heller also owns Premier Coins & Collectibles on Lansing’s west side.
Heller writes a monthly newsletter, Liberty’s Outlook, posted at http://www.libertycoinservice.com. Heller also writes weekly gold and precious metals commentaries for http://www.numismaster.com and http://www.coinupdate.com. His award-winning weekly radio program titled “Things You ‘Know’ That Just Aren’t So, And Important News You Need To Know” streams live and is archived at www.1320wils.com.
Heller’s recent honors include the 2011 Numismatic Literary Guild award for industry’s best radio or television program, the 2010 Professional Numismatists Guild Abe Kosoff Founders Award, the 2010 Greater Lansing Entrepreneurial Awards in the Retail category, and the American Numismatic Association Presidential Award in 2008. Heller was recently interviewed by or appeared in The Wall Street Journal, ABCNews.com, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, The Journal of Accountancy, thestreet.com, London’s Financial Times, and other major newspapers.