December 17, 2013
This past year has been a busy one for the PCGS Set Registry. We've seen an increase of nearly 4,000 sets, 15% of those in world coin categories which represent 66 countries on six continents. In October, we launched an entirely new Registry in China specifically for our Chinese customers. In July, we announced the winners of the Set Registry awards. We recognized 115 collectors and 163 sets as well as added two collections to the PCGS Set Registry Hall of Fame. In addition, 2,655 sets were recognized for being top in their category and 35 sets had achieved excellence by ranking number one in their category for ten years in a row. We acknowledged a number of these award winning sets and collections at our annual PCGS Set Registry luncheon at the summer ANA.
We had the privilege of displaying three phenomenal collections from the Registry during the year. At the FUN Show in January, we displayed the 130-coin collection of the High Desert Large Cents. The display included three dozen large cents that are the finest-known or tied for finest-known in the PCGS Population Report. We also brought the set to the February Long Beach Expo so that our West Coast friends see it. The large cents are part of the High Desert Collection which includes the multi-award winning and Hall of Fame type set.
At the June Long Beach Expo and the summer ANA we went global and displayed two German sets and coins from the CoinKing collection which is owned by one of PCGS's own, Ron Guth, President of PCGS CoinFacts. His collection consists of over 1,600 PCGS-graded coins from 1871 to date. The collection includes top-quality coins from the German Empire (1871-1919), the Weimar Republic (1919-1933), the Third Reich (1933-1945), Allied Occupied and West Germany (1945-2001), and East Germany (1948-1990). Also included are German Colonies and pattern coins.
For the September Long Beach Expo we were excited to display for the first time the superb, multi-million dollar Coronet Collection of Morgan dollars. The Coronet Collection has an impressive weighted grade point average of 66.38, and is the Current Finest 97-coins set of Morgan dollars in the Registry. The 28-coin date set is the All-Time Finest of its kind with a grade point average of 67.23. Because we received so many enthusiastic comments we are also bringing the collection to Orlando next month for the 2014 FUN Show.
We have some exciting plans for the PCGS Set Registry next year and will be adding a number of enhancements to make your collecting experience even more fun. We wish all of our Registry participants Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!