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Awards 2010

HALL OF FAME

2017 AWARDS

Expert Comments:
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.

David Hall
Collectors Universe President, PCGS Founder

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 o