Once again we have the great pleasure of recognizing the spectacular accomplishments of the PCGS Set Registry participants. As life-long coin enthusiasts we understand the tremendous effort and time that goes into building world class coin collections. What this year’s winners have accomplished is definitely worthy of high praise. So to all winners we say, “Congratulations!” And to all participants in the PCGS Set Registry we say that we admire your passion and hope that you continue to enjoy your pursuit of numismatic excellence. Thanks for sharing your wonderful collections with us!
Collectors Universe President, PCGS Founder
Best Classic Sets (1792 to 1964) of 2011
Simpson - Lincoln Cents Off-Metal Strikes, Circulation Strikes (1943-1944)
This is a phenomenal set of coins, put together by the super-collector "Simpson" (who also owns the finest set of U.S. Patterns, $10 Indians, Half Dimes, and so much more). Simpson's Off-Metal Lincoln Cent Set includes six coins that everyone dreams of owning: 1943 Bronze Cent, 1943-D Bronze Cent (UNIQUE!), 1943-S Bronze Cent, 1944 Steel Cent, 1944-D Steel Cent, and 1944-S Steel Cent. No one in numismatic history has ever completed this short, but very sweet, set.
Best Modern Sets of 2011
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 149 perfect coins in the set, despite some of the coins having very low populations in MS70. Greg has continued to update and upgrade the set, now with a set rating of 69.74! 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. This is the fourth year in a row this set has been number one.
Best Mint and Proof Sets of 2011
Best Colonials, Private Issues & Territorial Gold and Patterns Sets of 2011
Best Low Ball Sets of 2011
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 last year, the owner added a Gobrecht Dollar (a "shameful" Proof-6, now the highest graded coin in this set). If you know of a low grade 1792 Half Disme, you have a ready customer, as that is the one and only coin needed to complete this set. One of the biggest complaints we hear from collectors of Low-Ball sets is the difficulty in finding poor condition coins that are gradeable. To achieve a GPA of 1.639 is incredible.
Best Everyman Sets of 2011
Mi¢hael Hassler, Master Sergeant, USAF, Retired Combat Air Crew Member & Vietnam Veteran - Everyman Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Everyman Sets are a relatively new category and include only circulated examples. A perfect score is a GPA of 58 (the highest grade assigned to circulated coins by PCGS). This set is 100% complete and 100% perfect. We know how difficult it is to complete sets like this...we've had customers tell us they would accept an AU58 grade on an otherwise Mint State coins (which, of course, we will not do). Mister Hassler has completed the very difficult mission of ferreting out the right coins. Congratulations.
Best Australian Sets of 2011
Caranett - Australian Edward VII Sovereigns, Circulation Strikes (1902-1910)
This set caught our eye because 1) it is complete, 2) the GPA is an impressive 63.517, 3) most of the coins are Top Pops, and 4) there are a lot of gold coins in this set (27 to be exact). We're very impressed.
Best Belgium Sets of 2011
Caranett - Belgium Gold 20 Francs Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1865-1882)
This is the second award for this impressive set. 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 Bermuda Sets of 2011
Howard S. Hornreich (Hornreich Collection) - Bermuda Hogge Set, Proof (1989-1990)
This modern set consists of eight gold coins, each with a mintage of only 500 pieces. This set caught our eye because the designs on the coin incorporate the rare Somers Island "Hogge" Money from Colonial times.
Best British Sets of 2011
Howard S. Hornreich (Hornreich Collection Elizabeth Type Gold with VIP Proof Sovereign) - British Gold Type Set, Elizabeth II (acc. 1952)
This is the fourth 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.
Best Canadian Sets of 2011
Lantern Collection - Canadian Coins Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1858-1952)
We’ve honored this set eight 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. The overall GPA is a remarkable 62.812.
Best Chinese Sets of 2011
GDH - Panda Silver 10 Yuan (1oz), Circulation Strikes (1989-present)
This is the fourth annual award for this set. We're impressed that most of the coins were "made" by the owner, instead of having been purchased. Panda coins have become one of the hottest areas in Chinese numismatics.
Best Cuban Sets of 2011
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. At 100% complete, this set has an overall GPA of 63.636.
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. An impressive accomplishment.
Best French Sets of 2011
Caranett - French 20 Francs Gold Angel, Circulation Strikes (1871-1898)
A wonderful set of 20 Francs from the last part of the 19th century. Many of these coins are difficult to locate in any grade, so achieving 100% completion is difficult and doing so with an overall GPA of 64.925 is an even greater feat. Congratulations!
Best German Sets of 2011
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 (we're told that this set will be completed at the 2011 ANA with the inclusion of the ultra-rare Saxony "Frederick the Wise"). 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. As of this writing, the set is 91.67% complete and the overall GPA is 67.682.
Best Italian Set of 2011
Caranett - Italy 20 Lire, Circulation Strikes (1880-1897)
Caranett has award winning sets in other World gold categories, so a great set like this is not unexpected. As with Caranett's French 20 Francs set, this one is hard to complete and difficult to find in top grades. Here again, Caranett has accomplished 100% completion at a GPA level of 63.868. Most impressive!
Best Japanese Sets of 2011
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 now three are Top Pops. This is the sixth year this set has been honored. 100% complete with a GPA of 63.868.
Best Mexican Sets of 2011
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. 100% complete with a GPA of 61.438.
Best Palestine Mandate Sets of 2011
Jerusalem Collection - Palestine Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1927-1946)
(Note that the award includes the 4 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
According to the owner, this set began almost 25 years ago. Today it is 91.53% complete and boasts an overall GPA of 63.129). A beautiful set with every coin imaged by “Trueview Photography."
Best Swiss Sets of 2011
The Sheffield Collection XIX - Swiss 1/2 Silver Franc, Circulation Strikes (1850-1967)
This is a remarkable, 100% complete collection in super-high grade. Many of the coins are Top Pops and quite a few are unique for their grade. Assembling this collection was quite an accomplishment and the owner is still active, so we expect it to be even better next year. Overall GPA: 65.237.
Best Multi-Country Sets of 2011
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. This year, the overall GPA is 61.810.
Best New Sets of 2011
Wineguy - Shield Two Cents Classic Set, Circulation Strikes (1864-1872)
Wineguy wins his first Gold Star award with this outstanding set of Two Cent pieces. A set rating of 67.17, with 6/10 of the coins at the top of the pop charts, it will be tough to improve. Congratulations.
Best Exhibited Sets of 2011
Best of the Registry Winners of 2011
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 6/30/11 5:00pm EST.