Set Requests

If you are building a set that is not in the Set Registry, you can request that it be added by using the PCGS New Set Request form. Set composites are loaded on a first-come-first-served basis. If approved, most set composites will take between four and six weeks to be added to the Registry, however, some requests may take longer. You will be notified when the composite is online.

Please note: At this time, we are temporarily not adding new U.S. Registry composites, however, we will continue to add World (non-U.S.) Registry composites.

You must have at least five coins in the set in order to make your request. The five PCGS certification numbers you provide as a part of the set request must belong to you, be in your physical possession and must already be in your active Set Registry inventory.

For sets that consist of only two to four coins, please email [email protected] with the name of the set and the certification numbers of the coins you own.

About Weighting

After each set is registered, its "Grade Points" are determined. In unweighted sets, the grade points are the average grade of the coins in the set, plus or minus bonuses or deductions (see the PCGS Set Registry Rules Page for more information).

For weighted sets, the rarest coin in the set may have a weight of "10" and the most common coin will have a weight of "1." The grades are multiplied by the weights. That total is divided by the total number of coin weights. That gives the "Weighted Grade Point Average." The "Set Rating" is achieved by dividing the weighted grade sum by the total sum of the weights in the entire set. All sets are listed in order of their Set Rating.

PCGS may release certain promotions, giveaways, contests or other events in which special labels, pedigrees or designations are attributed to coins authenticated and graded in conjunction with the events. At the discretion of PCGS, coins associated with these events may be awarded bonus points outside of the guidelines outlined on the rules page.

Genuine Only

Coins certified as genuine by PCGS but ungraded can be used in all competitive sets except for Low Ball. The grade for genuine-no grade coins will default to P01. PCGS sample coins which do not carry a unique certification number and are listed as "Genuine-PCGS Sample" in the PCGS Cert Verification do not qualify for set registration.

Mint Errors

PCGS grades coins through the Mint Error program. Mint Errors can be off-center or off-metal strikes, rotated dies or other errors that have been unintentionally struck by the Mint. Before PCGS’s Variety Attribution program was started, the Mint Error program also included intentionally struck coins many of which are Fivaz-Stanton die varieties. Mint errors are designated by an "E" in front of the coin number on the PCGS label. Mint errors can be added to "My Inventory" and the Collectors Showcase but cannot be used in competitive sets. In order to be used in competitive sets, Mint Error "E" coins must be submitted for re-holdering under the Variety Attribution program at the prevailing additional fees.

Brilliant Uncirculated (BU), Gem Brilliant Uncirculated (GEM BU) and Other Non-Numerical Grades.

PCGS will grade coins without a numerical grade through its Bulk Grading Program. Some of these coins will have Brilliant Uncirculated (BU), Gem Brilliant Uncirculated (GEM BU) or Gem Proof on the insert of the coin's holder with no numerical grade listed. These coins can be used in competitive sets in the PCGS Set Registry; however, they will default to 01. These coins are not allowed into Low Ball sets. To be eligible for a higher rating within the Registry, these coins will need to be submitted to PCGS for Regrade, click here for additional information on submitting to PCGS.

PCGS Plus (+) Grades

Coins that PCGS has graded with a plus (+) receive a .5 increase in the grade. In other words, a coin graded 65+ will be calculated as 65.5 in the Registry.