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Another big WOW! to all PCGS Set Registry participants. Each year you keep raising the bar and impressing us even more and this year is no exception. Every year we are amazed at the sets we see. And each year we’re convinced that it just can’t get any better. We are all long term coin dealers with decades of experience. We’ve seen it all, so we’re not easily impressed. But what you have done not only got our attention, you have earned our deepest respect. We all started as collectors and most of us still collect. We know what it’s like to work on a set of coins and we know how much effort, time and of course money it takes to get the job done right. It was fun to see what you’ve done, and we spent many hours reviewing all of your sets. Our congratulations not just to this year’s winners, but to all the PCGS Set Registry participants. And everyone needs to know this is one of the most fun things we do at PCGS.

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Best Classic Sets (1792 to 1964) of 2010

JB3 Collection - Commemoratives Complete Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1893-present)
The JB3 Collection is a nearly complete collection of ALL American commemorative coins, going way back to the Isabella Quarter in 1893, through the classic period, and all the way up to the present time, including gold. It lacks only the Pan Pac 50s. This outstanding set is 99.46% complete and has an overall GPA of 66.78.

ESM U.S. Cents Complete Set with Major Varieties (1793-present)
U.S. Cents Complete Set with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1793-present)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
From Half Cents through Small Cents, from the first US coins to the present, the ESM Collection is replete with rarities and coins with special pedigrees, including Eliasberg, Pittman, Naftzger, etc. It is 99.46% complete from 1793 to date. Receiving his fourth consecutive award, and with a Set Rating gap of over 25 points over the second place set, the quality and breadth of this collection is simply amazing.

High Desert - Complete U.S. Type Set (1792-1964)
The High Desert collection continues its dominance of the type set category and receives its ninth consecutive award. This complete collection has superb quality coins, as its near 64 average certainly attests. Trying to increase such a high quality set is difficult, as coins that would improve this impressive set do not appear in the marketplace with frequency and they usually cost a bundle.

Cardinal Collection - Large Cent Type Set (1793-1857)
An absolutely spectacular type set of large cents including a Chain cent in MS65!!!!!!!!!!!!!! From the man who put together the finest set of Bust dollars we’ve ever seen. This set is also the recipient of a “Best Exhibited Award.” Take a look at the set and you’ll see why.

Jim McGuigan - Half Cent Collection (1793-1857)
Half Cents with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1793-1857)
Half Cents with Varieties, Proof (1831-1857)
(Note that the award includes 2 sub-sets in this collection.)
Jim McGuigan has been a Half Cent collector for decades and has exhibited numerous examples of his superb set at many coin shows over the years. As a dealer, he attends most major coin shows, which allows him the access to many high quality Half Cents. Jim received Hall of Fame recognition in 2004 and these are his seventh consecutive awards for his amazing collection.

ESM - Half Cents, Proof (1831-1857)
Half Cents Basic Set, Proof (1831-1857)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection.)
This is the fifth straight year that the ESM Collection of Proof Half Cents has taken top honors. ESM achieved 100% completion in 2007 and many of the coins in this collection are Top Pop for the date, numerous ones unique for the grade. Norweb, Eliasberg, and Pittman are among the pedigrees included in this collection.

The Thomas Irwin Collection - Lincoln Cent Collection (1909-Present)
Lincoln Cents Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1909-Present)
Lincoln Cents Complete Variety Set, Proof (1909-present)
(Note that the award includes the 24 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
The Thomas Irwin Collection is one of the finest collections of Lincoln Cents ever assembled. It contains every date in Mint State and Proof, virtually every major variety, and all in superb condition. The true measure of this set is the huge number of zeroes in the Pop Higher column! This collection was first listed in the Registry last year and immediately received Hall of Fame recognition.

Legal Two Cents - Shield Two Cents with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1864-1872)
Shield Two Cents with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1864-1872)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
This nearly un-improvable set includes both Large and Small Motto 1864s, both Plain and Fancy 5 1865s, (both in MS66RD!) and the 1867 Doubled Die Obverse. Every issue in the set has “0” pop higher, save for two. Quite possibly the finest Two Cent Piece set ever assembled.

David Poole - Three Cent Nickels, Proof (1865-1889)
Three Cent Nickels with Major Varieties, Proof (1865-1889)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
With an average grade of 67.88, it’s tough to imagine a better set. In fact, EVERY coin in the set except for the 1889 has a Pop Higher of “0”. Something tells us he’ll be after that 1889. An amazing accomplishment.

Simpson - Three Cent Silvers, Circulation Strikes (1851-1872)
Three Cent Silvers with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1851-1872)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
A new player this year, and we cannot recall a more auspicious entry! The Simpson Collections amaze. The very tough 3 Cent Silver Pieces are represented by an astonishing group that includes no fewer than 13 pieces in MS67 or higher with nearly 20 finest knowns. Despite their small size, these coins are breathtaking jewels in this condition.

Mitch Green Variety Set - Shield Nickels with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1866-1883)
Mitch Green continues his domination of this category with a variety set of Shield Nickels that comes close to perfection (only two coins need to be upgraded to achieve all Top Pops) and his fourth consecutive gold star award. Keep up the good work Mitch!

Just Having Fun - Shield Nickel Collection (1866-1883)
Shield Nickels Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1866-1883)
Shield Nickels with Major Varieties, Proof (1866-1883)
Every single coin in this set is a Top Pop, including five coins that are unique for the grade. That's quite an accomplishment in a series where there is a lot of enthusiasm and competition. This is the fourth Best Classic award for this outstanding set of Shield Nickels.

Richard Groman - Liberty Nickels Basic Set, Proof (1883-1912)
With a jaw dropping set rating of 67.62, this set borders on perfection. Only four coins could be improved, and this marks his 7th year in the top spot in the category. We’re proud to award him his first gold star.

Gerald Forsythe - Buffalo Nickel Collection (1913-1938)
Buffalo Nickels Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1913-1938)
Buffalo Nickels, Proof (1913-1937)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Gerald Forsythe has led this category since 2005 and this year he is again recognized a sixth consecutive time for a set that averages 66.5. That is a singular achievement when one comes face-to-face with the poor quality and luster of some of the branch mint coins. Only two coins could be improved, and they are the 1935-P and 1936-P of all dates! Congratulations to Mr. Forsythe for continuing to dominate in an area of great interest and competition.

The Gately Collection - Buffalo Nickels with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1913-1938)
Including such tough coins as the 1916 Doubled Die, the 1918/17-D and the 1936-D 3½ Legs, this set still manages an incredible rating of 65.76 and is 100% complete. Quite an achievement that includes some great rarities.

Simpson - Liberty Seated Half Dimes, Circulation Strikes (1837-1873)
Liberty Seated Half Dimes with Major Varieties & 1870-S, Circulation Strikes (1837-1873)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Simpson’s entry into the set registry this year made quite a splash, and with sets like this, it’s no surprise. A 100% complete set of Seated Half Dimes, with major varieties and the ultra rare 1870-S, with a rating of 65.21 including no fewer than fifty “top pops.” Tell me that’s not tough to do!

Gerry Fortin - Liberty Seated Dimes, Circulation Strikes (1837-1891)
Liberty Seated Dimes with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1837-1891)
(Note that the award includes the 5 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Gerry Fortin is an expert's expert and a deserving annual winner for this series. He has put together the finest collection of Liberty Seated Dimes ever assembled and is the foremost expert in die varieties for this lengthy series. He continually updates his collection and shares his knowledge of this series. His website at http://www.seateddimevarieties.com/ is the definitive reference work for this series. What can we add but his sixth consecutive gold star award?

Simpson - Barber Dime Collection (1892-1916)
Barber Dimes with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1892-1916)
Barber Dimes, Proof (1892-1915)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
We run short of superlatives attempting to describe Simpson’s sets. A 100% complete set of Barber Dimes, both MS and Proof, with set ratings of 66.65 and 67.93 certainly speaks for itself. The addition of Simpson’s sets has enriched the Registry substantially.

Joshua II Collection - Mercury Dimes FB, Circulation Strikes (1916-1945)
Mercury Dimes FB with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1916-1945)
(Note that the award includes the 3 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Since 2002, this set of Mercury Dimes has won top honors in its category. A very deserving member of the Hall of Fame, it is the All-Time Finest Set of Mercury Dimes ever assembled. We didn't notice any change in this set this year, but it's understandably hard to upgrade your set when the Weighted GPA is a whopping 69.086. Oh, by the way, the FB percentage is only 100%.

Driftwood - Twenty Cents with 76-CC, Circulation Strikes (1875-1876)
The addition of the Norweb 1876-CC 20 Cent piece turns this from a very nice set of four coins into a monster, five-piece set. Every coin is a Gem and the 1876-CC (MS66) is one of the two finest examples graded thus far by PCGS. This is the sixth Best Classic award for this set.

Greenwich Collection - Liberty Seated Quarters, Proof (1858-1891)
While winning a blue star last year for top of category, we awarded the Greenwich Collection a gold star this year for achieving a Set Rating of 66.57 and 100% completion. Sporting seven absolute finest knowns (pop 1, 0 higher) it sets a high bar for competition in this series.

Just Having Fun - Standing Liberty Quarters FH, Circulation Strikes (1916-1930)
Standing Liberty FH Quarters with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1916-1930)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
This is the eighth consecutive year the Just Having Fun collection of Standing Liberty Quarters has garnered top honors. With a weighted GPA/Set Rating of 67.79 and 92.11% FH, improving this masterpiece of collecting is a challenge. Certainly an awesome accomplishment in one of the nation’s great coin designs and most popular series.

Mitchell J. Spivack (Wondercoin) - Washington Quarters, Circulation Strikes (1932-Present)
Washington Quarters with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1932-Present)
(Note that the award includes the 7 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
While a complete date and mintmark set of Washington Quarters in 66.93 is tough enough, when you add in the five Double Die Obverses and the two 1950 over-mintmarks, the task becomes immeasurably tougher. Congratulations on the first gold star award!

David Poole - Washington Quarters, Circulation Strikes (1932-1964)
Washington Quarters Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1932-1964)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
This extraordinary collection of Washington Quarters has been admirably assembled and shepherded by Mr. Poole and has led its category for the fifth year in a row. The hallmarks of this set are superb quality, an occasional monster-toned coin, and a couple of unique Top Pops that will ensure the championship status of this set for years to come.

Dale Friend - Early Half Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1794-1839)
Early Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1794-1839)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
After dominating the Early Half Category for the past six years with a blue star award, we’ve awarded a gold star this year. We think a 100% complete collection of halves from 1794 to 1839 with a weighted GPA of 60.23 is pretty neat. The pair of Draped Bust Small Eagle halves in AU50 are reason enough for admiration – and we’re not even mentioning the 1794 in Mint State!

Dr. and Mrs. Steven L. Duckor - Barber Half Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1892-1915)
Barber Half Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1892-1915)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Another win for this perennial favorite and Hall of Fame collection. PCGS has had the honor of displaying the Duckors' Half Dollars at several conventions and everyone who has seen this fabulous collection walks away in amazement. Here's a side note: the Duckors have some competition in this category, but what impresses us is the camaraderie and cooperation displayed by everyone involved. Winning is nice, but half the enjoyment is in running the race. Congratulations to Dr. Duckor on his eighth consecutive gold star.

Gerald Forsythe - Walking Liberty Half Dollar Collection (1916-1947)
Walking Liberty Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1916-1947)
Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Proof (1936-1942)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
This magnificent collection of Walking Liberty Half Dollars is back for its second Best Classic Award. There are so many wonderful coins in this set that it's hard to know where to start. Coins such as the unique Top Pop 1919-D in PCGS MS66, the 1921-D in MS66 and the equally impressive 1935 in PCGS MS68 make this a set for the ages. The overall GPA is over 66.4 and the other two 1921s are both MS65. The Proof set weighs in with a GPA of 68.06.

Robert D. Hesselgesser M.D. - Early Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1794-1803)
Early Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1794-1803)
Early Dollars with Bolender & Bowers/Borckardt Varieties with Silver Plugs, Circulation Strikes (1794-1803)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
THIS is a collection. We had the pleasure of featuring Dr. Hesselgesser’s Silver Dollars in a display at a 2007 Long Beach show, where admirers lined up to view this impressive collection. In person, it's easy to detect Dr. Hesselgesser's enthusiasm for collecting - he is clearly excited about this project. He has assembled the finest and most complete collection of early silver dollar varieties ever assembled, including incredible rarities in the best possible condition. An astonishing 27 coins in this fabulous set (over 70% of the coins) are absolute finest knowns, (pop 1, none higher) and we believe it’s safe to say a better set will not be coming along anytime soon. Building a collection such as this requires lots of money, a real understanding of the characteristics of individual dates and varieties, help from knowledgeable dealers, and a lot of being in the right place at the right time. We applaud Dr. Hesselgesser's efforts and success and congratulate him on his fourth gold star award.

California I - Morgan Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
Morgan Dollars with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
(Note that the award includes the 5 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
The California Collection of Morgan Dollars is an incredible accomplishment because of the extreme difficulty in dominating an area of such intense interest and competition. Over the years, several collectors have built spectacular collections of Morgan Dollars, or have had individual coins of exceptional quality (the name Jack Lee and the Norweb family come to mind). However, the California Collection beats them all, (Set Rating 65.8 and 100% complete with varieties) and continues to reign as the finest Morgan Dollar set of all time. A Hall of Fame set, and receiving its ninth annual award!

David T. Miller and C. Ash Harrison (DT Miller by Ashmore) - Morgan Dollars Prooflike, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
Morgan Dollars Prooflike with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
Morgan Dollars Prooflike Only with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Back for its second annual Best Classic Award, the Miller-Harrison set of Prooflike Morgans is the result of a collaborative effort of an eager collector and an aggressive dealer, which illustrates the importance of getting the right help when building your collection. The end product is the finest collection of Prooflike Morgan Dollars ever assembled. As great as this set is, the owner/dealer will take any opportunity to improve the set, so we expect this set to improve and become even more important in the future. The Prooflike Only Basic Set currently 98% complete, with a weighted GPA of 66.75 and with 86% of the Prooflikes DMPLs.

Paul Taylor - Morgan Dollars Basic Set, Proof (1878-1904)
The Paul Taylor set of proof Morgans has been a mainstay of the PCGS Set Registry since its inception. This is the third consecutive Best Classic award for this remarkable set and his ninth award. The primary set has a weighted GPA of 67.78, indicating the superb level of quality of most of the coins. Filled with Cameos (48%) and Deep Cameos (33%), and sprinkled with some unique Top Pops, this is a set that will continue to dominate.

California I - Peace Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1921-1935)
Peace Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1921-1935)
(Note that the award includes the 3 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
The “California I” Peace Dollar set is the finest ever assembled. Every coin but three is a Top Pop and the set features the only MS67 1923-S and the only MS66 1928-S. The quality of this set is unmatched in numismatic history and is a perfect continuation of California I's spectacular set of Morgan Dollars. To give you some idea of the incredible quality of this Hall of Fame set, the entire column of “Pop Higher” adds to only 4 pieces. An unprecedented TENTH annual award is being given this year.

Don Kutz (The California Collection) -Indian Head $2-1/2 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1908-1929)
Indian Head $2-1/2 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1908-1929)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The “California” $2.5 Indian set wins its sixth consecutive Best Classic set award. Most of the coins are the finest graded and the set includes one of only three MS66 examples of the 1911-D (the Norweb-Bass specimen) the key date in the series and one of the most important gold coins of the 20th century. The set also has an MS66 example of the key date 1914. Two thirds of the set consists of Top Pop coins. With a Set rating right at the threshold of MS66, collectors of Indian Gold know how tough this accomplishment is.

The Great Lakes Collection -$3 Gold No 1870-S, Circulation Strikes (1854-1889)
The “Great Lakes Collection” of three dollar gold pieces is an amazing assemblage of top quality coins. It is the finest known by a full two grade points and blows away the Eliasberg, Bass, and Smithsonian collections! The vast majority of the coins in this collection are Top Pops, including many that are unique for the grade. At 100% complete with a Set Rating of 64.88, this set is fully deserving of its fifth Best Classic Gold Star award.

The Jim O'Neal - Indian Head $5 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1908-1929)
Indian Head $5 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1908-1929)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The O’Neal $5 Indian set is truly spectacular and has a Weighted GPA of over 65 and is winning his third consecutive Best Classic Award! There are enough Top Pops in this set (including some unique ones) to ensure its dominance for years to come. The unusual incuse design of these coins is a double-edged sword: it adds to the popularity of the coins, but the vulnerable flat fields mean that high-grade survivors are rare. To assemble a set such as this is a singular accomplishment.

EllenD - Liberty Head $10 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1838-1907)
Liberty Head $10 Gold with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1838-1907)
(Note that the award includes the 3 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
This is a mind-blowing set. Few collectors have ever attempted to collect Liberty Head $10s by date, nor have they been as successful as EllenD. This set is loaded with rarities, including the exceedingly rare 1875. To achieve a weighted GPA of 57.375 in a set where many of the coins simply don't exist in Mint State is quite remarkable. In a short time, this set has become one of the most important, high-quality sets in the PCGS Set Registry. Only two coins (1863 and 1864-S) are needed to complete this exceedingly difficult set. Knowing the owner, we expect those holes to be filled soon and we would not be surprised to see many upgrades in the coming year.

Simpson - Indian Head $10 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1907-1933)
Like Simpson’s other sets, this one is amazing as well. With fully third of the coins absolute finest knowns and a Set Rating of 66.35, it surpasses the former champions, Jim O’Neal and the Kutasi Collection. It is the current finest by a wide margin.

AWA Collection - Liberty Head $20 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1850-1907)
Liberty Head $20 Gold with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1850-1907)
(Note that the award includes the 6 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
At almost 98% complete, this phenomenal set has been decades in the making and ranks as the finest ever assembled. Last year, PCGS had the pleasure of examining and certifying this set, in preparation for inclusion in the PCGS Registry. To say it was one of the highlights of our numismatic careers was an understatement. There are so many "Finest Knowns" and Top Pops in this set that it defies description. For a real numismatic treat, check out the images that accompany each of the set composition listings. Its second Best Classic award, and more to come.

Simpson - St. Gaudens $20 Gold with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1907-1932)
The addition of the Simpson sets is a major highlight of the Set Registry this year, and this Saint Gaudens set explains why. It is 100% complete, and boasts a Set Rating of 65.75 including a 27-D in MS66, a 20-S in MS65, a 30-S in MS65, a 31-P in MS66 and a 29-P in MS66+. We could go on, but you get the message.

Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor - St. Gaudens $20 Gold with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1907-1932)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The Duckors have set the standard for high quality Barber Half Dollars and $20 Saint Gaudens. Their set of "Saints" is unsurpassed in quality and includes the unique, Top Pop 1927-S in MS67. The Duckors have a keen eye, an aggressive collecting mentality, plus they are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. Again, to measure the quality of this set, notice the number of zeros in the “Pop Higher” column.

WPE Collection - Silver Commemoratives 144 Piece Mintmark & Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1892-1954)
Although retired on July 1, 2010, this set remains one of the finest ever assembled having won three previous Best Classic Sets awards. With a Set Rating of 66.7 and including all 144 classic issues (including a Lafayette in MS67 and numerous MS68s, including an Albany, a California, a Spanish Trail, and a Vancouver, it sets a mark that will not be easily eclipsed.

Paul Denby - Gold Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes (1903-1926)
Gold Commemoratives 13 Piece Set, Circulation Strikes (1903-1926)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The Paul Denby gold commemorative collection is the finest ever assembled. An amazing 9 of the 13 coins grade MS67 and both of the big $50 Pan-Pacs are MS64. This is a small set of big importance. This is his third consecutive gold star award.

Best Modern Sets of 2010

Greg Rivers (The Sugarfree Chaos Collection) - Silver, Gold & Platinum Eagle Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1986-present)
The Sugarfree Chaos Collection of Silver, Gold and Platinum Eagles has several dozen perfect coins in the set, despite some of the coins having very low populations in MS70. To be able to continue the set with every denomination and from every year, is a great accomplishment on its own. Several highlights are Greg's 1994 and 1996 $50 Mint State Gold Eagles as well as a 1997 $25 and 2002 $100 Mint State Platinum Eagles all with a population of only one in MS70.

Kevin's Future Coins - Modern Type Set (1950-present)
The Kevin’s Future Coins Modern Type Set is a great representation for U.S. Modern coins. It is comprised of many high end examples of each circulating U.S. coin type. What sets this collection apart is that it has very little room for improvement. Only three coins in this set can be upgraded. Congratulations on having a very impressive type set.

The Corso Collection - Jefferson Nickels FS, Circulation Strikes (1938-present)
Jefferson Nickels FS with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1938-present)
Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
The owner of the Corso Collection should take pride in orchestrating such a significant set of Jefferson Nickels. Almost every coin has been imaged and displayed very elegantly in his set. Many of the coins are the finest in existence for circulating Jefferson Nickels with Full Steps.

Alex and Nan's Proof Jeffs - Jefferson Nickels, Proof (1938-present)
Jefferson Nickels with Major Varieties, Proof (1938-present)
(Note that the award includes the 4 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
The Alex and Nan’s Proof Jeff’s Set is a spectacular collection. All coins from 1977 to 2009 are in prefect PR70 Deep Cameo condition. Some highlights from his set are the 1940 and 1953 Proof Jefferson Nickels both graded PR68 Deep Cameo with none finer.

Just Having Fun - Jefferson Nickels FS Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1938-1964)
The Just Having Fun Set is simply mind boggling. He has several Full Step Jefferson Nickels with a population of 1 with none higher. These coins, with a population of one with none finer, were minted in the hundreds of millions combined. Yet this collector has managed to find the finest examples and display them in this very impressive set.

Steve Strom - Jefferson Nickels FS Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1938-1964)
Not only did Steve Strom assemble a spectacular set, but he also combined it with more than 30 different varieties. Some of the varieties have single digit populations with none finer. The owner of the set has showed a lot of dedication, as he has made several of the varieties and upgrades himself.

Ray Overby - Jefferson Nickels FS, Circulation Strikes (1965-present)
Jefferson Nickels FS Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1965-Present
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Ray Overby’s set contains many single finest examples of post 1964 Circulation Strike Jefferson Nickels. Ray also has 12 different coins with a population of one and none finer. This is a very impressive set of Jefferson Nickels with the Full Steps designation.

Dan Close (Close to Perfect) - Roosevelt Dimes FB, Circulation Strikes (1946-Present)
Roosevelt Dimes FB with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1946-Present)
(Note that the award includes the 5 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
What an exotic collection! The Close to Perfect Roosevelt Dime Set contains numerous attractively toned examples of Circulation Strike Roosevelt Dimes from 1946 to Present. Several of the coins are the finest examples of Roosevelt Dimes in existence with none being finer. If they’re not the finest, they have very low populations in the current grade, while others have received the PCGS Secure + designation for being very high end for the grade.

ErasmusHall - Roosevelt Dimes with Major Varieties, Proof (1950-present)
The Erasmus Hall Roosevelt Dime set is remarkable to say the least. From 1973 to date, all coins are in the highest grade possible with most of them being assigned a grade of Proof 70 Deep Cameo. The 1983 No S Dime is an impressive coin itself, as it is graded Proof 69 Deep Cameo. This is the highest grade available for this major variety. Finally, the set also has the one and only 1968 Proof No S Dime, another mind-blowing example.

Kallenberg Collection - Washington Quarters Basic Set, Proof (1936-Present
Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The Kallenberg Collection is one spectacular set! It has all the Proof Quarters from 1976 to 2008 both in Clad and Silver in perfect Proof 70 Deep Cameo condition. Some of the highlights are his 1939 and 1940 in PR67 with a population of just 2 with none being finer.

Douglas Rall - Washington Statehood Quarters, Circulation Strikes (1999-2008)
Washington Statehood Quarters Complete Variety Set with No Minor MN Extra Tree Die Varieties, Circulation Strikes and Satin Finish (1999-2008)
(Note that the award includes the 3 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
The Douglas Rall set of Washington Statehood Quarters is one amazing collection. Out of the billions of State Quarters struck for our monetary system, the finest examples reside in this one set. Since the last time we viewed the set, he has continued to improve it even more. Upgrading the set from this point on, however, will be very challenging, since it has very little room for improvement.

GRFN - Franklin Half Dollars FBL, Circulation Strikes (1948-1963)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
What a monster of a set! The GRFN collection has a coin from every date of the Circulation Strike Franklin Half Dollars in superb condition. Almost every coin is the finest for the grade with the Full Bell Lines designation. Four of the coins have a population of one in MS67 FBL with none being finer. The only way this set can be improved is to have the 1963-D in MS66 FBL upgraded to an MS67 FBL. A truly impressive set.

EBL III Collection - Franklin Half Dollars, Proof (1950-1963)
Franklin Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Proof (1950-1963)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
Just a mesmerizing set! The EBL Collection of Franklin Half Dollar Proofs is simply amazing. Coins from the 1950s are known to be very scarce with Cameo and even more so with the Deep Cameo designation. However, The EBL Collection has done a tremendous job by acquiring the nicest Franklin Proof examples that are available and placing them in this one set.

Phil Shattuck (PD Shad) - Kennedy Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1964-Present)
Talk about hard work and dedication. The PD Shad’s Complete JFK Collection is an extremely challenging set. It consists of all Circulation Strike Kennedy Halves in the highest grades available. For the Proofs from 1974 to date, it contains all perfect Proof 70 Deep Cameo examples. Just a fabulous set.

Caleb Clough (The Acadia Collection) - Kennedy Half Dollar Collection (1964-Present)
Kennedy Half Dollars Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1964-Present)
(Note that the award includes the 6 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
The Acadia Collection of Circulation Strike and Proof Kennedy Half Dollars has done a wonderful job of acquiring some of the best examples available in the Kennedy series. Several coins have single digit populations with none being finer.

Nick Shelton - Kennedy Half Dollar Collection (1964-Present)
Kennedy Half Dollars Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1964-Present)
(Note that the award includes the 6 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Nick Shelton’s Kennedy collection is one phenomenal set. It contains some very high grade coins in the collection that are unbeatable. Some of the highlights are his 1964-D Kennedy Half in MS68 condition with a population of one with none finer. Also, his 2009-P Satin Finish Kennedy Half in SP69 with a population of two and none finer fit very well in this very impressive set.

Gabriel Murphy (Murphy's) - Eisenhower Dollar Collection (1971-1978)
Eisenhower Dollars Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1971-1978)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
The Murphy’s Eisenhower Dollar collection consists of several high grade Eisenhower Dollars. Due to the coin’s large size and metal composition uncirculated coins were not always the nicest. However, Murphy’s set managed to locate some of the finest examples available of Eisenhower Dollars and put them in this one set.

Gabriel Murphy (Murphy's) - Susan B. Anthony Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1979-81, 1999)
Susan B. Anthony Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1979-1981, 1999)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
Great things come in small packages. And, this small set of Susan B. Anthony Dollars is no exception. What sets this collection apart is that it contains several of finest known examples for the series. The two highlights are the 1979-P in MS68 grade with a population of one with none higher. Finally, Gabriel’s 1981-S in MS67 also has a population of just one, with none being finer.

PLP Family Trust - Sacagawea Dollars, Circulation Strikes (2000-Present)
Sacagawea Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (2000-Present)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The PLP Family Trust Sacagawea collection is one spectacular set. The only way this set can be improved is if the U.S. Mint re-started the presses and re-struck Sacagawea Dollar coins dating back to 2000 – 2009 all over again. This set cannot be upgraded in any way, shape or form. The 2000-D Sacagawea Dollar has a population of just two coins in MS69 with none being finer. The rest of the coins are in extremely high grades of MS68 and MS69 or the highest grades possible. It’s just an amazing set.

James Elsmore (JE) - Presidential Dollars First Day of Issue, Circulation Strikes (2007-2016)
Presidential Dollars First Day of Issue Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (2007-2016)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
This is one extremely challenging set in which to compete. However, Jim Elsmore has done it again this year in this very popular coin series. The set has all the First Day of Issue coins along with the Position A and Position B coins. The set also has several varieties including the Missing Edge Lettering Dollars in high grades. Great job on completing a very tough set.

J. Michael Halwig M.D. (The Halwig Collection) - Modern Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes (1982-present)
The Halwig Collection of Modern Commemoratives Circulation Strike Set is completely mesmerizing. Not one coin in this set can be improved. With the exception of two coins, this set is completely perfect. Most every single Commemorative coin in this set is in perfect MS70 condition. The only two coins graded MS69 cannot be upgraded as there are no MS70 examples graded for those coins.

Sam Eltonhead (Sam's Complete Modern Set) - Complete Modern Commemoratives Set (1982-present)
Sam’s Complete Modern Set is one fascinating set to say the least. He has every Modern Silver Commemorative coin in Mint State and Proof condition. Most coins are in perfect MS70 and PR70 Deep Cameo condition. This is a very fun set due to all the different designs. And, for many examples to be in perfect condition is just one tremendous accomplishment.

Best Mint and Proof Sets of 2010

Cardinal Collection - 1793 Mint Set
What more can be said about a 1793 Mint set with a Wreath Cent in MS69 other than “wow”? Perhaps a nod to an MS-65 Chain cent would also be in order….

ESM - 1795 Mint Set
A seven piece set from the 18th century with a weighted GPA of 61.88. ‘Nuff said!

The Michael J. Kittle Collection - 1909 Mint Set
Larger than one might expect, the 1909 mint set features no fewer than 18 items, six of which are cents. With a set rating of 65.82, the quality speaks for itself.

ErasmusHall - 1936-Present Mint Set
A 100% complete Mint Set from 1936 to date, averaging 67.72. This blows the runner up away by over 3 points and with 999 coins, is a collecting accomplishment few can match.

Midsouthcoin - 1867 Proof Set
Midsouthcoin’s 1867 Proof Set is superb, with both Shield Nickels and all the tough minor coins of the period, including a 2¢ Piece, two 3¢ pieces and a half dime. The eleven coins average PR66.64 including the finest known 1867 Seated Dollar.

Palmetto Galleries - 1881 Proof Set with Gold
How about an 1881 Proof Set with Gold, in an average grade of 67.57? Palmetto Galleries has assembled just such a set, and every coin but one is at the top of the pop charts. Only the $3 can be improved, as the set has ONLY a PR66CA now. (Aww gee.) Congratulations on an outstanding set!

Todd Collection (laxdive) - 1897 Proof Set
With a Set Rating of 67.79, the Todd Collection 1897 Proof Set is just about as nice as they come. The highlight is the Silver Dollar, in PR68CA.

The MKJ Collection - 1936 Satin & Brilliant Proof Set
The 1936 set is a classic and this is the nicest we’ve ever heard about. Including both the Satin and Brilliant finish cent and nickel, this seven-piece set averages just above MS67.

ErasmusHall - 1936-Present Proof Set
EVERY U.S. Proof coin struck since 1936 with an average grade of 69.7. Need we say more? Like his mint set collection, ErasmusHall dominates in these “Mega” sets.

Best Colonials, Private Issues & Territorial Gold and Patterns Sets of 2010

Dwight N. Manley - Massachusetts Silver Shilling Design Set (1652-1682)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The four types of Massachusetts silver coins were the first coins struck in what is now the United States. They are arguably the most historically important coins ever made. The NE and Willow tree shillings are extremely rare in any grade and this set has two of the finest known. The Oak and Pine trees are extremely rare in Mint state and this set has two mind-boggling examples. Long time coin dealer Dwight Manley has great taste in coins and we find it interesting that he chose these incredibly important coins to put away for both the fun of it and the future. Note that this incredible set is being sold in the Heritage August, 2010 ANA convention auction.

Russell Augustin of Augustin Capital Management (AUCM) - North Carolina Gold (Bechtler 1831-1850)
North Carolina Gold Complete Set (Bechtler 1831-1850)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
For the third year in a row we recognize this impressive set. This is a very difficult set to assemble and this collection is super high grade and nearing completion. While not complete, and completion of this set is a truly monumental task, the coins that are here are exceptionally high grade. A great set!

Robert H. Lande - California Fractional Gold - Complete Collection, Period One
California Fractional Gold - Complete Collection, Period One
(Note that the award includes the 6 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Mr. Lande’s stated goal is “to collect as complete and high grade a set of Period 1 California Small Denomination Gold coins as possible.” Many of the Period One fractional gold coins actually circulated as money in the years following the discovery of gold in California. Thus, most are of extreme rarity and/or they are difficult to locate in high grade. This collection is nearly complete and includes several pieces that are represented by only one or two surviving examples. A remarkable set that has won PCGS Set Registry awards every year since 2002…and deservedly so.

Just Having Fun -Philippines Collection (1903-1945)
Philippines Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1903-1945)
Philippines Complete Set, Proof (1903-1908)
(Note that the award includes the 17 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
The owner of this incredible collection of Philippines coins admits “this has been one of the hardest collections I have ever put together,” and he has had many award winning sets in the PCGS Set Registry. The rare 1906-S Peso prevents most people from completing this set, but here we have one in MS-61. Besides being 100% complete and now including the proofs, this collection is riddled with coins that are unique, Top Pop condition rarities.

Stewart Blay - Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents - Short Set (1858)
This is a great set of very important patterns and Stewart Blay’s set is outstanding

MarkBen - Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents - Short Set (1858)
We are recognizing two examples of this important pattern set this year as both sets are super high quality.

Best Low Ball Sets of 2010

Pocket Piece - Copper, Nickel and Silver Type Set, Low Ball (1792-1964)
While most collectors try to find the BEST coins, this collector seeks the WORST examples of each type. Since this collector’s last major award in 2008, he has filled all but two coins in his set. Still missing is the 1792 Half Disme and the Gobrecht Dollar. If you want to see some nice pictures of some really worn coins, visit this collector’s Set Registry page.

Catfish - Morgan Dollars, Low Ball (1878-1921)
Collecting low ball is fun, but it can also be very challenging. One of the “kings” of low ball collecting is the Morgan dollar set. Some of the coins, 1885-CC and 1903-O for example, are virtually impossible to find in circulated condition as nearly all survivors are mint state. Here we have a complete set of Morgans with an average grade of less than 03!

Jimmy Austin's Best of the Worst - Peace Dollars, Low Ball (1921-1935)
While not as tough as the Morgan set, the Peace dollar set is nonetheless challenging when you get to the really low grades. This set has an average grade of less than FR02 and only one coin in the set is higher than FR02.

Not Mint To Be--Pocketpiece Commemoratives - Silver Commemoratives 50 Piece Type Set, Low Ball (1892-1954)
A nearly impossible set to complete in super low grade as many of the 1934-1938 issues were not circulated at the time of issue. The 50 piece silver commem type set is one of the “kings” of low ball collecting and this set is the “best” we’ve ever seen.

Best Everyman Sets of 2010

Merrill Collection - Early Half Dollars 1794-1839
This is a really cool set of Half Dollars, including the elusive 1796 and 1797 dates. Though we call this an "Everyman" set, it's a pretty powerful one.

cmcnutt - Early Dollars 1794-1803
The 1794 Dollar makes this a very special Everyman set. Plus, it's got six early dollars in AU50 or better. This is an impressive set that took a lot of time and effort to complete.

Rafus - Indian Head $2-1/2 1908-1929
A perfectly consistent set of AU58 examples, all in the finest possible grade. If even a single coin was better, this would no longer be an Everyman set!

Best New Sets of 2010

The Castle Collection - Indian Cents, Circulation Strikes (1859-1909)
Indian Cents with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1859-1909)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
How about starting off with a 100% complete set of Indian cents, with varieties, in an average grade of 67.48? If this is a start, where does it finish? Forty coins in this set are already un-improvable. Kudos to The Castle Collection

Dylan and Luke - Lincoln Memorial Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1959-2008)
The Dylan and Luke Memorial Cents Basic Set is holding hostage to several incredible coins. In the late 1950s and early 1960s it is a fact that the U.S. Mint produced very poor quality Circulation Strike Lincoln Cents. However, by looking at this set, one would have never imagined that. The set contains several difficult Memorial cents in very high grades. The 1960-P, 1964-P, 1968-S, 1974-D, 1981-P, 1988-D, 1993-P, and 1995-D all have a population of one with none being finer. This is definitely a very spectacular set, consisting of some of the finest Circulation Strike Memorial cents in existence.

Douglas M. Wright, Jr. - Lincoln Memorial Cents, Proof (1959-2008)
Lincoln Memorial Cents Complete Variety Set, Proof (1959-2008)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The Wright collection of Proof Lincoln Cents with varieties contains all the Memorial Proof Lincoln cents with major varieties in extremely high grades. Doug’s highlight is the 1990 No S Lincoln cent in PR68 Deep Cameo condition. Other highlights are his 1998-S Close AM Lincoln Cent in PR69 Deep Cameo condition. This is a very nice set with some very neat varieties.

Simpson - Shield Two Cents, Proof (1864-1873)
Shield Two Cents with Varieties, Proof (1864-1873)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
A Proof Two Cent Piece set, featuring both Large and Small Motto varieties, the Open and Closed 3 1873s, and an average grade of 67.3. Just another typical Simpson set…

Simpson - Capped Bust Half Dimes, Circulation Strikes (1829-1837)
Capped Bust Half Dimes with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1829-1837)
(Note that the award includes the sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
Yet another wonder-set, Simpson’s Capped Bust Half dimes are complete (naturally) and over half the set grades MS67 or higher. Words fail us in describing the quality of Simpson’s coins. And how lucky we are that he has shared high-resolution photos of all his coins with us. Check them out if you haven’t already!

The Avalon Collection - Liberty Seated Half Dollars, Proof (1858-1891)
Liberty Seated Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Proof (1858-1891)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
The Avalon Major Variety set is new this year, and is 100% complete, with an average grade of 64.9. Every coin except for the 1858 is a Cameo.

Simpson - Indian Head $5 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1908-1929)
While not quite up to the O’Neal set yet, Simpson’s Indian Half Eagle set trails by a mere .33 points, and we would not be surprised to see it improve in the coming year. Talk about a horserace! Simpson should have no difficulty in upgrading some of the more common dates such as the 1912, 1913 and 1914, and next year may bring us a new champion in this tough set.

REH - Canadian George VI Fifty Cents, Specimens (1937-1952)
This is an amazing set of specially made coins. Most of the coins are Top Pop and all are rare, making this an impressive debut set.

Perth Collection - NF Type Set, Circulation Strikes (1865-1947)
This is an absolutely stunning set of type coins from Newfoundland, every one of which is a Top Pop. The lowest grade is MS-66 and the set is riddled with MS67s and MS68s. Considering the competition from other collectors of Canadian coins, this is quite an accomplishment.

GDH - Panda Gold 10 & 50 Yuan (1/10oz), Circulation Strikes (1982-present)
Gold Pandas are very popular with collectors. This set contains every possible date in extraordinary condition, usually MS69 and sometimes MS70.

Best Australian Sets of 2010

The-M - Australian Florin, Circulation Strikes (1911-1936)
This award is a nod to the Australian coin market, where an enthusiastic group of collectors has been repatriating their coins in recent years. The lack of collectors in previous years means that many of the classic Australian coins are very difficult to locate in Gem condition. "The M" has put together a special collection of Florins, including numerous Top Pop coins.

Cliff Andrews (The Andrews $1 Kookaburra Set) - Kookaburra Silver Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1992-present)
Cliff Andrews wins again with a complete year set of Australian $1 Kookaburras, all in MS69 condition or better condition. Most are Top Pops.

Best Belgium Sets of 2010

Caranett - Belgium Gold 20 Francs Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1865-1882)
The Belgium 20 Franc has long been considered a bullion type coin, thus little attention was paid to collecting high grade examples. Every coin is a Top Pop except for the rare 1865, where only one coin is better.

Best British Sets of 2010

Howard S. Hornreich (Hornreich Collection)- Gold Type Set, Elizabeth II (acc. 1952)
This is the third annual award for this remarkable collection of British gold coins bearing the portrait of Queen Elizabeth. Included are many Top Pop coins, plus the incredibly rare VIP sovereign of 1958.

Threadgold Collection - Elizabeth II Sovereign Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1957-present)
Modern gold sovereigns are actually rarer than those from the late 19th and early 20th century. This set contains all dates from the reign of Queen Elizabeth. All of the coins are in great condition; three are currently finest known.

Cliff Andrews (Cliff's Britannia Set) - Elizabeth II 2 Pounds Silver Britannia Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1998-present)
This is the third consecutive annual award for Cliff's complete date set of 2 Pound Silver Britannias, the modern bullion coins from Great Britain. Virtually all of the coins are Top Pops, including the unique 2004.

Best Canadian Sets of 2010

Lantern Collection - Canadian Coins Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1858-1952)
We’ve honored this set seven years in a row. A walk through this set is a journey through some of the most amazing Canadian coins ever assembled. Previous owners of some of the coins include Norweb, Pittman and Belzberg, all famous names in the Canadian market.

Southern Cross - NF Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1865-1947)
This set, while neither complete or in top condition, is a tribute to perseverance and determination. It's also proof that you don't need a million dollars to put together a meaningful collection of coins. This is a comprehensive set that should be even better next year.

Best Chinese Sets of 2010

GDH - Panda Silver 10 Yuan (1oz), Circulation Strikes (1989-present)
This is the third annual award for this set. We're impressed that most of the coins were "made" by the owner, instead of having been purchased.

Best Costa Rican Sets of 2010

Joseph A. Crespo (The Manatee Collection) - Costa Rica 2 Colones Gold, Circulation Strikes (1900-1928)
This is a great set of relatively obscure gold coins from Costa Rica. The fact that most are Top Pops makes this even more meaningful.

Best Cuban Sets of 2010

Virginia Transplant - Peso, Circulation Strikes (1915-1953)
A nice set of the silver-dollar sized coins from this Caribbean island nation. Top grade examples are hard-to-find, but there are several exceptional coins in this set.

Virginia Transplant - Complete Gold Peso Set, Circulation Strikes (1915-1916)
This is a complete set of gold coins from Cuba, including all denomination from 1 Peso to the large 20 Pesos. More than half of the coins are Top Pops.

Best German Sets of 2010

Gray/Huber Dream Set - German States 3 Mark Type Set, Proof (1908-1918)
This is a virtually complete set of 3 Marks from the German States. The overall condition is simply amazing. Virtually every coin is either a Top Pop, an extreme rarity, or both. This is one of those sets that would be impossible to replicate, even with unlimited resources.

CoinKing - 25 Pfennig Basic Set, Proof (1909-1912)
A complete collection of Proof 25 Pfennigs, an unusual denomination from the German Empire. Complete sets are virtually non-existent because of the rarity of the 1909-J. In this case, every single coin is the finest example graded of the date.

Best Japanese Set of 2010

Ted Wydeven, Sr. (T&JW) - Japanese Gold Denomination Set (1870-1932)
This is a complete denomination set of Japanese gold coins, ranging in denomination from the small 1 Yen to the larger 20 Yen. All of the coins are Gems and two are Top Pops. This is the fifth year this set has been honored.

Best Mexican Sets of 2010

mission4906 - "Caballito" Peso Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1910-1914)
The “Caballito” Peso is a large silver coin issued by Mexico from 1910 to 1914. This set is complete, including the ray varieties of 1911 and the 1913 overdate.

Eagle1 - 50 Gold Pesos, Circulation Strikes (1921-1947)
The large 50 Pesos Mexican gold coin has been a favorite with collectors of gold coins for many years, especially so now that the price of gold has reached record levels. This is a remarkable collection of high-end examples, including two that are unique Top Pops.

Best Netherlands Sets of 2010

Caranett - Netherlands 10 Gulden, Circulation Strikes (1875-1889)
A superb collection of Dutch coins, only one of which is NOT a Top Pop. This was a very difficult set to build because of the difficulty of finding the unique-for-the-grade 1888 in MS66.

Best Swiss Sets of 2010

Rick's Swiss Gold Set - Swiss 10 Gold Francs, Circulation Strikes (1911-1922)
Swiss 10 France are quasi-bullion coins, so little attention has been paid to them by collectors...until now. This is a full set, including the rarer 1911 and a Top Pop 1915.

Rod Moore - Swiss Shooting Festival Commemoratives 50 Francs (1984-present)
This set of Swiss "Shooters" reprises a tradition that began in the mid-1800s of celebrating shooting competitions. These are beautiful coins of very low mintage, made for sale to collectors. This set is complete and includes numerous Top Pops and unique condition-rarities.

Best Multi-Country Sets of 2010

Caranett - British Commonwealth Sovereigns Complete Set Victoria (Jubilee Head ), Circulation Strikes (1887-1893)
Apart from being a complete set of Victorian sovereigns, this set deserves special recognition because of the difficulty in locating the Australian versions in Mint State (as evidenced by the Top Pop 1891-M in MS-61).

Best Young Numismatist Set of 2010

Dynasty's Collection - Walking Liberty Half Dollars, Proof (1936-1942)
For a first set, this YN underestimates how tough it is to compete in this series. We’re impressed that the set’s GPA is 65.611. That gives the set a rank of 19 out of 62 competitors. Not a bad start! To think that the number one set is Gerald Forsythe’s award winning collection, we have to say, “Great Job! We like your tenacity!” We look forward to seeing more from this young collector.

schdy2greenbelt - Platinum Eagles $10 Collection (1997-present)
Platinum Eagles $10, Circulation Strikes (1997-present)
Platinum Eagles $10, Proof (1997-present)
We love to see young numismatists participating in the Registry and this young collector exemplifies what we look for when we give the YN award. His Circulation Strike set has an impressive GPA of 69.067 and is ranked 9 out of 75 competitors. His Proof set has a GPA of 69.250 with a rank of 8 in a field of 46 registered sets. That’s really impressive, but what really caught our eye is the fact that he has dedicated his collection to his parents. What a neat kid!

Best Exhibited Set of 2010

Cardinal Collection - Large Cent Type Set (1793-1857)
Awarding the Cardinal Collection this year was a slam dunk. He opened up his set for viewing and we are so glad he did! Replete with spectacular images and detailed descriptions, this “Best Classic Set” winner has gone above and beyond delighting and educating his fellow collectors. The comments posted on this set tell the story.

Jim Bucki (JMBCoins) - Jefferson Nickels Basic Set, Proof (1965-present)
Jim was one of our three contest winners last Spring for “Best Exhibited Set” and was awarded a plane ticket to the summer ANA educational seminars. Because he has gone the extra effort to describe the series and provide images and a description for each coin, his set makes for a very interesting online display.

Best of the Registry Winners of 2010

Collectors with the finest current set in each category with at a least 90% completion and in large set compositions those with 200 or more coins registered in one set, will receive a "Best of the Registry" icon by their set listings in the registry. Click here to view a list of those sets which were #1 and and at least 90% complete on 6/30/10 5:00pm EST.