Patrick Heller is the 2012 recipient of the American Numismatic Association Harry J. Forman Dealer of the Year Award, which was presented Aug. 7 at the World’s Fair of Money Kick-Off event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
The award is presented annually to an ANA-member dealer who shows uncommon dedication to strengthening the hobby and the Association. The award is named in honor of the late Harry J. Forman, a Philadelphia coin dealer, author and ANA life member.
As a businessman, Heller has grown Liberty Coin Service, in Lansing, Mich., from a three-person staff in 1982 to a 22-person staff today. The company’s 2011 sales volume was 50 times greater than in 1982. He also helped to secure sales and use tax exemptions for rare coins and precious metals in Michigan, and has assisted the Michigan Attorney General’s office on investigations of consumer fraud involving numismatics.
Heller has led the ANA’s Finance, Budget and Audit committee since 2007. An ANA life member, Heller serves as Treasurer of the Industry Council for Tangible Assets, and belongs to 13 numismatic associations.
A prolific author, Heller writes about the coin market for multiple publications, including Numismatic News, Numismaster and CoinWeek.com – in addition to hosting his own radio show.
The World’s Fair of Money is the nation’s premier money show. The event features more than 1,000 numismatic dealers with the best inventory anywhere; the ANA Museum Showcase exhibiting some of the world’s most valuable and beautiful coins and paper money; a Mint Promenade with mints from around the world; the Collector Exhibits area; a world-class auction by Stack’s Bowers Galleries; educational presentations and seminars; and special events including the ANA’s annual awards banquet.
The American Numismatic Association is a congressionally chartered nonprofit educational organization dedicated to encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps its 28,000 members and the public discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of education and outreach programs, as well as its museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information, call 719-632-2646 or go to www.money.org.