The G B W Collection - 3rd

Current Statistics
Rank 3
Weighted GPA 66.568
Complete 98.48%
Set Rating 65.858
Retired Statistics (3/24/2004)
Rank 1
Weighted GPA 66.585
Complete 100.00%
Set Rating 66.585
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About this set: Assembled over a period of 15 years, the G B W Collection of Walking Liberty halves represents a commitment to the pursuit of perfection. While the set was started long before the PCGS Registry, this collector was, nonetheless, driven to find those coins that were finest known. In the late 80's and early 90's, census information for coins of this type was spotty at best, and by today’s standards relatively few coins had been graded.

To accomplish his goal, the collector sought coins that were free of marks, possessed full mint luster, and, insofar as the issues allowed, were sharply struck. The product of his endeavor is one of the most esteemed sets of twentieth century coins ever assembled. Every single coin grades MS66 and above -- the only collection of Walking Liberty halves to achieve such a feat. Ten coins are population one, being the sole example graded at their level with none higher, and 36 of the 65 coins in the set have populations under ten pieces.

Often when one talks about a collection of twentieth century coins, the discussion revolves around the key dates. In this series, there are two coins that are universally considered to be the keys in higher grades: the 1919-D and the 1921-S. When one examines the keys in the G B W collection, the magnitude of this set is put clearly into context. Both are graded MS66 by PCGS, and both are population one, with no examples having been graded higher. In this collection, the most challenging issues are unequaled and unsurpassed.

When the collection was brought to PCGS for reholdering and pedigree, David Hall, President of PCGS, remarked quite simply, “This is the most amazing set of twentieth century material that I have ever seen, and you can quote me on that.” The collector wishes to thank Pinnacle Rarities for their expertise and guidance throughout this project, from the acquisition of his first Walker (1946 PCGS MS67) to handling the liquidation of the completed set.

The G B W Collection
ImagePCGS No.ItemDenomGradePopPop HigherOwner's Comments
6566191650CMS6740
65671916-D50CMS6730
65681916-S50CMS66131
6569191750CMS6730
65701917-D Obverse50CMS6650
65711917-D Reverse50CMS6650
65721917-S Obverse50CMS6710
65731917-S Reverse50CMS6682
6574191850CMS6680
65751918-D50CMS6630
65761918-S50CMS6710
6577191950CMS6750
65781919-D50CMS6610
65791919-S50CMS66110
6580192050CMS66251
65811920-D50CMS6660
65821920-S50CMS6650
6583192150CMS6640
65841921-D50CMS6630
65851921-S50CMS6610
65861923-S50CMS6710
65871927-S50CMS6660
65881928-S50CMS6660
65891929-D50CMS6710
65901929-S50CMS66442
65911933-S50CMS67100
6592193450CMS6880
65931934-D50CMS6616213
65941934-S50CMS6770
6595193550CMS6810
65961935-D50CMS661064
65971935-S50CMS6730
6598193650CMS6713810
65991936-D50CMS67301
66001936-S50CMS67110
6601193750CMS6713119
66021937-D50CMS67490
66031937-S50CMS67322
6604193850CMS67802
66051938-D50CMS67373
6606193950CMS68213
66071939-D50CMS6810
66081939-S50CMS671578
6609194050CMS68240
66101940-S50CMS6792
6611194150CMS68190
66121941-D50CMS6810
66131941-S50CMS6790
6614194250CMS6860
66151942-D50CMS6840
66171942-S50CMS6647546
6618194350CMS6860
66191943-D50CMS6820
66201943-S50CMS67351
6621194450CMS678510
66221944-D50CMS672417
66231944-S50CMS6780
6624194550CMS671445
66251945-D50CMS6717410
66261945-S50CMS67240
6627194650CMS67533
  1946 Doubled Die Reverse50C 
66281946-D50CMS67641
66291946-S50CMS67553
6630194750CMS67493
66311947-D50CMS67230