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Awards 2014

HALL OF FAME

2017 AWARDS

Expert Comments:
After last year’s awards, we began recognizing those sets which have won a gold award for five years in a row. Some collectors choose to build awarding winning sets and then retire them within a few years. But many collectors are building their sets for the true love of the hobby. They assemble their sets with dedication and passion, to enjoy for years to come. It is these collectors whose sets have remained in the number one position who are honored at the Platinum level this year. No longer in contention for gold, these 29 sets are simply the best of the best. For 2014 we are also inducting three Hall of Fame collections, and awarding 154 Gold level sets and 3,107 “Best of the Registry” sets. To all winners we say, “Congratulations!” And to all participants in the PCGS Set Registry we thank you for sharing your wonderful collections with us!

David Hall
Collectors Universe President, PCGS Founder

2014 PLATINUM LEVEL SETS

The Platinum level is awarded to currently active sets and collections which have won gold five years in a row and continue to be ranked number one. While no longer in contention for Gold, these sets deserve recognition for their high level of numismatic excellence.


High Desert - Complete U.S. Type Set (1792-1964)

ESM - U.S. Half Cents & Cents Complete Set (1793-present)
U.S. Half Cents & Cents Complete Set with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1793-present)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)

ESM - Half Cents with Major Varieties, Proof (1831-1857)

Jim McGuigan - Half Cent Collection (1793-1857)
Half Cents with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1793-1857)
Half Cents with Major Varieties, Proof (1831-1857)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)

Stewart Blay - Lincoln Cent Collection (1909-1958)
Lincoln Cents Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1909-1958)
Lincoln Cents Basic Set, Proof (1909-1958)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 4 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)

Mitch Green Variety Set - Shield Nickels with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1866-1883)

Gerald Forsythe - Buffalo Nickel Collection (1913-1938)
Buffalo Nickels Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1913-1938)
Buffalo Nickels, Proof (1913-1937)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)

Steve Strom - Jefferson Nickels FS Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1938-1964)

Gerry Fortin - Liberty Seated Dimes with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1837-1891)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)

Wondercoin's Clad Quarter Collection - Washington Quarters Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1965-1998)

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)

EBL III Collection - Franklin Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Proof (1950-1963)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)

PDShad's Complete JFK Collection - Kennedy Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1964-Present)

The Acadia Collection - Kennedy Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1964-Present)

Legend Collection - Trade Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1873-1878)

California 1 - Morgan Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)

DT Miller by Ashmore - Morgan Dollars Prooflike with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 3 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)

California 1 - Peace Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1921-1935)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)

JE - Presidential Dollars FDI Major Variety Set -Presidential Dollars First Day of Issue with Major Edge Errors, Circulation Strikes (2007-2011)

The Donald A. Kutz $2 1/2 Indian Collection - Indian Head $2-1/2 Gold Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1908-1929)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)

Great Lakes Set of U.S. Circulation Issue $3.00 Gold Coins - $3 Gold No 1870-S Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1854-1889)

Paul Denby - Gold Commemoratives 13 Piece Set, Circulation Strikes (1903-1926)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)

The Halwig Collection - Modern Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes (1982-present)

Robert H. Lande - California Fractional Gold - Complete Collection, Period One
(Note that the Platinum level includes 5 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)

Just Having Fun - Philippines Coin Collection (1903-1945)
Philippines Complete Classic Set, Circulation Strikes (1903-1945)
Philippines Complete Set, Proof (1903-1908)
(Note that the Platinum level includes 11 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)

Jimmy Austin's Best of the Worst - Peace Dollars, Low Ball (1921-1935)

Not Mint To Be--Pocketpiece Commemoratives - Silver Commemoratives 50 Piece Type Set, Low Ball (1892-1954)

Lantern Collection - Canadian Coins Complete Set with Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1858-1952)

The T&JW Japan Gold Denomination Set - Japanese Gold Denomination Type Set (1870-1932)


2014 GOLD LEVEL SETS

Best Classic Sets of 2014

High Desert - Complete U.S. Type Set, Circulation Strikes (1792-1964)
(Note that the award includes the 4 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
A complete 133-piece U.S. Type set with an average grade of 64.9! This of course includes the Chain Cent, 1792 Half Disme, 1796 Quarter, 1796-97 Half Dollar, 1796 No Stars $2.50, Capped Bust $5 (small size) and a host of other extremely tough type coins. While quite a few Set Registry categories are quite competitive, the High Desert Set utterly dominates this area, with the runner-up’s set rating trailing by over 28 points! It is, quite simply, the finest U.S. Type Set ever put together.

chugum - Barber Series Complete Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1892-1916)
Chugum’s current Barber set, while it hasn’t quite yet achieved the level of Steven Duckor’s former set, is so very close now. The set is composed almost exclusively of high eye-appeal MS-63s, and lacks only one coin to be 100% complete. Far and away the finest current set, we expect this set to inch higher in the future and become the best certified set ever assembled.

Subway Tokens - Commemoratives Complete Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1892-present)
We’re all familiar with the traditional 50 and 144-piece sets of U.S. commemoratives from 1892 to 1954, but here is a massive 398 piece set encompassing every U.S. commemorative issued to the present day! Lacking only the two $50 Pan Pacs, the balance of the set is simply superb, with a weighted GPA of 67.95. Including numerous “finest knowns,” this is an outstanding achievement, and leads the second place set by more than two full grade points.

High Desert - U.S. Half Cents & Cents Complete Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1793-present)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
Starting with a 1796 Half Cent in MS65+RB and an MS-69 Wreath Cent, and including an 1877 Indian Cent in MS-66RD, this set can only be described as phenomenal. Every cent from 1839 through 1850 is a pop one, with NONE higher. With a set rating of 65.62, it is not only the current finest set, but the finest all-time set, eclipsing ESM’s Hall of Fame set from previous years. Of the 253 Lincoln cents, 206 are graded MS67RD or better. Jaw-dropping quality!

Sonoran Monsoon - U.S. Dollars Complete Set with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1794-present)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The size and scope of a complete set of U.S. dollar coins including major varieties boggles the mind. There are over 234 coins just in the Sacagawea and Presidential Dollars alone! Not to mention the Bust, Seated, Morgan and Peace dollars. With a total of 511 coins, this set is 99.61% complete, lacking only the 1794 and 1870-S. Sonoran Monsoon’s dollar set has dominated the Registry since 2007, and is not only the finest current set, but the finest of all time, leading the set rating score by over 20 points! Kudos on the fourth gold award and for undertaking and having virtually completed such a monumental set.

ESM - Half Cents with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1793-1857)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
ESM’s Half Cent collection is 100% complete, (including the 1796 No Pole, 1797 Gripped Edge and the 1802/0, Rev of 1800) and is one of only three sets to ever achieve completion. The 1793 is a choice MS63BN example, and the tough 1796 With Pole is a choice AU55. The later dates (1825-1857) contain nine “finest-knowns.” Our congratulations on a well-deserved Gold!

High Desert - Large Cents with Major Varieties (With the four Ultra Rarities), Circulation Strikes (1793-1814)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Featuring the finest certified Reeded Edge 1795, as well as the famed Strawberry Leaf Wreath, one of the finest 1794 Starred Reverses, and both the plain edge and lettered edge “Jefferson Head” cents, the completion of this 67 piece variety set of early copper in any grade is formidable. With a set rating of almost 48, it is nearly impossible. It’s not just a factor of money. Many of these ultra rarities show up only a few times per decade, if that.

ESM - Large Cents with Major Varieties (With the four Ultra Rarities), Circulation Strikes and Proof (1793-1857)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
While a complete collection of Large Cents in MS and Proof would be a major undertaking, when it includes the 1793 Strawberry Leaf Wreath Cent, the 1794 Starred Reverse, the 1795 Reeded Edge and both 1795 Jefferson Head Cents, all you can say is “wow.” The few “missing” coins are Coronet Proofs, which turn up say… about two or three times per century. With pedigrees from the Norweb, Eliasberg, Parmelee and Garrett collections, it doesn’t get much better than this.

The Castle Collection - Indian Cents with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1859-1909)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
How about starting off with a 100% complete set of Indian cents, with varieties, in an average grade of 67.48? If this is a start, where does it finish? Thirty-four coins in this set are already un-improvable. Over 81% of the coins are Red! Kudos to “The Castle Collection.” A well deserved fifth award and a PCGS Set Registry Hall of Fame entrant in 2012!

TDP (tompet38) - Three Cent Nickels with Major Varieties, Proof (1865-1889)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
While this set contains no prohibitive rarities in terms of dates, it is the phenomenal quality of this set that sets it apart. Of the twenty-six issues in the set, an astonishing twenty-one of them are unimprovable! With a set rating of 68.06, it looks more like a set of Presidential Dollars than 125-150 year old coins. It is truly quality like this that exemplifies what the Set Registry is all about.

Simpson - Three Cent Silvers with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1851-1872)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
A new player four years ago, 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 18 pieces in MS67 or higher with 20 finest-knowns (out of 24 coins!) Despite their small size, these coins are breathtaking jewels in this condition. A fifth Gold Star award for this collecting tour-de-force.

Laura Sperber (Legend Collection) - Three Cent Silvers with Major Varieties, Proof (1854-1873)
(Note that the award includes the 3 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
This set was purchased intact four years ago, and now receives its sixth award because the new owner continues to upgrade. It is 100% complete and has a set rating of 66.96. At the threshold of perfection.

strong>Greenbrier River Collection - Shield Nickels with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1866-1883)
(Note that the award includes the 4 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
A blue star award winner last year, we proudly welcome this set to the gold star club this year. While it lacks the 1866 Repunched date, the balance of the set boasts a 66.79 GPA, and nearly half the coins are finest knowns. The finest Shield Nickel set assembled, and more than six points ahead of the runner-up.

KCV Collection - Liberty Nickels Basic Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1883-1912)
As Liberty Nickel sets go, they don’t come much better. While this Basic set of course excludes the 1913, this set is complete with both Mint State and Proofs, and with a GPA of 66.7, ranks as the finest Liberty Nickel set of all time. We congratulate Kurt on his fourth Set Registry award and his second gold.

The Gately Collection - Buffalo Nickels with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1913-1938)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The Gately Collection of Buffalo Nickels is a most impressive accomplishment, featuring the finest known 1914-S, 1917-D and 1927-S. More impressive, might even be the fact that 40 of the 71 coins sit at the top of the population, which for a series such as Buffalo nickels is no mean feat. This set continues to improve each year. Our congratulations on a third Gold Star, and seventh consecutive win in the category. Needless to say, this set is 100% complete and boasts a set rating of 66.14

KDM - Capped Bust Half Dimes Variety Set by Logan-McCloskey Numbers, Circulation Strikes (1829-1837)
A past winner in 2011, 12, & 13 KDM’s set continues to lead the category. This set not only achieves the highest set ranking with an average grade of 59.96 but it does so while selecting only exquisitely toned and original coins. With many pieces in Choice AU this set has the look and feel that many aspire to.

Simpson - 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 four years ago 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 unique 1870-S, with a rating of 65.27 including no fewer than 41 “top pops.” Tell me that’s not tough to do! Kudos on the fifth consecutive Gold Star award.

Easton Collection - Capped Bust Dimes with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1809-1837) (Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Achieving 100% completeness with an average grade of 58.80 while only adding original beautifully toned coins is quite the accomplishment for a set dated 1809 – 1837! This set is ranked #1 and includes several finest known coins. It is the all-time finest even though the owner selects only those coins that fulfilled his criteria of originality and eye appeal. This set is a winner in both 2013 and 2014 and remains an ongoing project.

Simpson - Barber Dimes with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1892-1916)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
Mr. Simpson’s set of Barber Dimes is the Number One Finest Set of All Time, narrowly eclipsing the previous longtime champion, the Law Collection. Mr. Simpson’s set shows 53 of the 76 coins with a “0” in the “Pop Higher” column while 45 of the coins are graded MS67 or higher! A fifth Gold Star award for a tremendous collecting effort.

cmcnutt - Mercury Dimes FB with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1916-1945)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
Few sets in the Registry are more popular than the Mercury Dime set. And sitting atop the list is the current reigning champion Cmcnutt. When discussing sets so close to perfection, one often runs short of superlatives. Suffice to say that the set is 100% complete, with 100% full bands, and a set rating of 68.88. Over half of the 80 coins in the set are top pops, and only seventeen coins grade below MS67FB. Congratulations on both an exemplary set and a first gold star.

Driftwood - Twenty Cents with 76-CC, Circulation Strikes (1875-1876)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
The addition of the 1876-CC 20 Cent piece last year 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), from the Norweb collection, is one of the two finest examples graded thus far by PCGS. This is the eighth Best Classic award for this set.

Perfection 3 - Liberty Seated Quarters, Proof (1858-1891)
This new addition to the Gold Star club recently captured the coveted “All Time Finest” title from the previous holder, the Greenwich Collection, beating it by a mere .14 points. This set is awe-inspiring in quality, with a set rating of 67.05 – again, a number normally seen for modern sets, not sets of 150-year-old coins. 22 of the 35 coins are top pops, and nearly all are cameos or deep cameos.

The Ohio Collector - Standing Liberty FH Quarters Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1916-1930)
With a set rating of 67.91 in a tough and beautifully-designed series, 97% (all but one) of the coins sport full heads and a third of the coins are top pops with none higher. Two thirds of the coins grade MS67FH or better and we offer our congratulations on a repeat Gold Star award.

Mitchell J. Spivack (Wondercoin) - Washington Quarters with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1932-Present)
(Note that the award includes the 3 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
While a complete date and mintmark set of Washington Quarters in 67.25 is tough enough, when you add in the five Double Die Obverses and the two 1950 over-mintmarks, the task becomes immeasurably tougher. Replete with “finest knowns” Mitch’s effort is unlikely to be repeated or even approached, anytime soon. Congratulations on another Gold Star award and inclusion in the PCGS Set Registry Hall of Fame.

Don "myster" Peters - Washington Quarters with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1932-Present)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
Washington Quarters have always been a very popular coin series. Competition in this series is always intense. Donmyster has successfully built a large and impressive set of both circulation strike and proof Washington Quarters. The set is almost 100% complete and it’s only missing the 1943 Doubled Die Obverse FS-103. Otherwise it’s a magnificent set and glad the owner decided to share it with us this year.

Brian Ray (The Buckeye Collection) - Washington Quarters Basic Set, Proof (1936-1998)
The Buckeye Collection has acquired some really high end examples of Proof Washington Quarters from 1936-1998. Some of the first Poof Washington Quarter have always proved to be difficult to obtain especially in high grades. This set even has a 1954 in PR68DC+ with a population of 1 and none being graded higher. If you haven’t opened this set, please take a look at it and be blown away by some of the high end coins in the set.

Dale Friend - Early Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1794-1839)
Let’s make it 11 years running that this collection has sat on top of this category. With grades running from AU50 for the key 1796 & 97 dates all the way to include an incredible 8 coins in MS66 this set includes several finest known examples of the date. A long time labor of love this set continues to stand out as second only to the Eliasberg collection as the all-time finest!

Link's - Capped Bust Half Dollars by Overton All Varieties and Die States, Circulation Strikes (1807-1836)
(Note that the award includes the 5 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
This set receives our highest honor this year with its induction into the PCGS Set Registry Hall of Fame. With a daunting 610 coins needed for completion this set this set achieves an incredible 97.05% completeness with an amazing grade average of 58.95! The set includes both die states of the very rare 1817/4 including the finest known example. The commitment needed to assemble a set of this magnitude is very impressive and serves as an example of one of the most difficult challenges in U.S. Coin collections. Chuck is a true CBH nut! His passion and commitment are amazing. As great as his collection is he isn't done yet and has more surprises in store for us!

Southcountry Collection - Liberty Seated Half Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1839-1891)
(Note that the award includes the 2 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
As a past winner in 2013 this set repeats again this year. The collection is challenging with 126 pieces required. At a 96.03% completion with an average grade of 46.55 this set ranks as the #1 all-time set in this category. With a wide range of grades and most of the key date holes filled this set is actively closing in on completion.

Dr. and Mrs. Peter K. Shireman Collection - Barber Half Dollars with Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1892-1915)
(Note that the award includes the 3 sub-sets in this collection which are ranked #1.)
This set has ranked #1 for five years running. It includes the very rare 1892 Micro O in gem MS65 as well as an incredible 17 coins in MS67 or better! The photographs are a treasure to view. Dr. Shireman’s descriptive comments on each coin reveal his joy of collecting and his devotion to the collection.

LULU Gem Walker Set - Walking Liberty Half Dollars Short Set, Circulation Strikes (1941-1947)
As a multi-year winner this set continues to remain on top. It’s no wonder with over half of the coins (12 out of 20 to be exact) ranking as the finest known including 2 pop 1 coin. The average grade is 67.31. This set continues as a wonderful example of this popular and gorgeous design.

Tradedollarnut (Bruce Morelan Collection of Early Dollars) - Early Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1794-1803)
Bruce’s set starts off with the incredible SP66 1794 $1. It continues with a total of 11 out of the 12 coins ranked as finest known (9) or tied for the finest known (3). The set boasts an incredible average grade of 64.73. Assembling and preserving such an inspiring group of these historical works of art is not only a great accomplishment but is a true service for future generations of numismatists.

Anonymous - Early Dollars with Major Varieties and Silver Plug, Circulation Strikes (1794-1803)
(Note that the award includes the 1 sub-set in this collection which is ranked #1.)
This is an amazing new set this year. It contains well matched examples of this difficult series and has been carefully assembled in very high condition. The set includes a 1794 in XF, a silver plug 1795, the finest known 1797 9x7 Large Stars and even the finest known 1798 Small Eagle 15 Stars in MS62+. Well matched for grade the set comes in with an average grade of 53.93. The set is accompanied by beautiful photographs of each coin, so while we may not own it we can all enjoy it!

Perfection 10 - Liberty Seated Dollars Basic Set, Proof (1858-1873)
Mr. Perfection states that Seated Dollars are his favorite registry set. These iconic American coins are “simply beautiful.” They are not widely collected due to their cost. This set contains four coins that have no higher examples. Many Seated Dollars come dark. Mr. Perfection has passed over these even at higher grades in favor of toned coins where the colors are easily seen. He is trying to replace the lone DCAM in this set due to his belief that top Seated Dollars should be original and toned.

Tradedollarnut - Trade Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1873-1878)
As far as unbeatable sets go, we believe this one must certainly take the grand prize. Are you ready for this? Of the seventeen coins in this set, fourteen are pop 1, with none higher! Finest knowns, bar none. Two of the others are pop 2, with none finer! While our set registry contains some incredible sets, we don’t think any can top these statistics. A Hall of Fame Set, and recipient of a fourth Gold Star.

LeviRanchSet - Morgan Dollars Prooflike Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
Morgan Dollar sets surely are among the most popular in the Registry. With DT Miller’s set by Ashmore having been “promoted” to Platinum status, the close runner up is now the LeviRanchSet, less than a half point behind! 73 of the 97 coins grade MS65 or higher, with over 85% being DMPL’s. Our congrats on a well-deserved first Gold Star.

David T. Miller and C. Ash Harrison (DT Miller by Ashmore) - Morgan Dollars Super Set, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
Here’s an amazing set accomplishment. The 328-piece set includes all the major “named” VAM varieties, including no fewer than 96 dated