October 8, 2013
For the last several years I've had the privilege of working with Laura Sperber, from Legend Numismatics, Inc., who has brought to the PCGS Set Registry® some of the finest sets ever assembled, including her own phenomenal Three Cent Silver proof set. So when she told me she was going to register a Morgan dollar basic set that would top the current finest set, I had no doubt in my mind that that is exactly what she would do. Sure enough, the set, called the Coronet Collection, ranks number one with a grade point average of 66.38, topping the California 1 collection which has held the top spot since 2002 and is in the PCGS Set Registry Hall of Fame. The Coronet Collection is only a few points away from topping the Jack Lee set in the All-Time Finest category. The date set is the finest ever assembled with a GPA of 67.23. Consider that the finest set possible is 67.66; this makes the Coronet Collection date set pretty darn close to being perfect.
The owner, an east coast businessman who prefers to remain anonymous, has spent the better part of the last 50 years putting together this tremendous set. He started collecting as a young child with one goal in mind - to assemble the finest collection of Morgan Silver dollars in history. When the 1893-S dollar in MS67 was purchased, the owner knew he had achieved his goal. For a decade, Ms. Sperber has been instrumental in securing the very finest coins for the Coronet Collection. The collection contains a number of prominent pedigrees including those of Louis Eliasberg and Jack Lee. In addition, some of the coins revealed in this collection have never been seen before. The quality and beauty of this set is a testament to this collector's dedication, patience and his desire to build the finest set possible.
The following coins, as described by PCGS CoinFacts president, Ron Guth, are some of the highlights from the collection.
The Coronet Collection was publicly displayed for the first time by PCGS at the September, 2013, Long Beach Expo. We are fortunate to also display the collection at the January, 2014, FUN show. If you have plans to attend the show, please stop by the PCGS booth to see the collection. I guarantee you are in for a treat!