Bank Donates Coin to Benefit Adams County Youth Organization

February 19, 2013

Ben Liechty, Dave Hill, and Dean Fuelling show off the American Silver Eagle coin, to be auctioned off to benefit Youth for Christ.DECATUR, Ind. - First Merchants Bank recently donated an American Silver Eagle dollar coin to be auctioned off at the Adams/Wells County Youth for Christ Auction, scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, March 2.

The event will be held at the Adams County 4-H building in Monroe. The local chapter of Youth for Christ will be holding auctions in several nearby counties to raise money for the group.

The coin, which has been minted each year since 1986, features a rendition of sculptor Adolph A. Weinman's “Walking Liberty” design, originally used on the half-dollar coin in 1916. The heraldic eagle design on the coin’s reverse was designed by John Mercanti, the twelfth Chief Engraver of the United States Mint.

According to the chapter’s website, Youth for Christ “reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.”

For more information about the auction or to make a donation, visit or contact the Youth for Christ office in Bluffton at 260.824.1330. For more information about the Silver Eagle coin, visit

Pictured (from left): Ben Liechty, Mortgage Loan Originator, First Merchants Bank; Dave Hill, Bellmont High School Youth for Christ representative; and Dean Fuelling, Decatur Market President, First Merchants Bank.