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.
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.
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.
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.
PCGS grades coins through the Mint Error program. Mint Errors can be off-center or off-metal
Coins Without Numeric Grades
PCGS will grade coins without a numeric grade through the bulk grading program. These coins will often have Brilliant Uncirculated or other non-numerical grading designations on the PCGS label. These coins cannot be used in competitive sets in the PCGS Set Registry. To use these coins in competitive sets, you must submit them for re-grade to receive a numerical grade. For information on submitting coins to PCGS for authentication and grading, click here.
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.