Awards 2013

 
2014 AWARDS 2012 WINNERS

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Once again we have the great pleasure of recognizing the spectacular accomplishments of the PCGS Currency Set Registry participants. As life-long currency enthusiasts we understand the tremendous effort and time that goes into building such extraordinary 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 Currency Set Registry we say that we admire your passion and hope that you continue to enjoy your pursuit of numismatic excellence. Because of your passion and accomplishments, we are motivated to work even harder on the PCGS Currency Set Registry and make it even better for all participants. Thanks for sharing your wonderful collections with us!

 

It is my great pleasure and honor to present the following winners of the PCGS Currency Set Registry awards for 2013.


Laura A. Kessler
Vice President, PCGS Currency

Best Collection of 2013


Ron Foley (cccurrency)

This award is the highest honor a participant in the PCGS Currency Set Registry can achieve. The competition is intense, and the decision-making process for this award is the hardest job that we have every year. Mr. Foley, however, continues to outdistance the competition. In fact, he was in the running for the best award in so many categories that the choice for this award was again rather obvious. He is creating what amounts to a “dynasty,” having now won “Best Collection” three years in a row. He continues to set a high bar for other competitors, and has top ranked sets in dozens of categories. The majority of his sets are 100% complete, and his grade point averages are remarkable across the board. And each year he continues to improve his collection, note by note and set by set. Congratulations once again to Ron Foley for an outstanding year, and for winning this prestigious award for the fourth time!

 

Best New Set of 2013


Marc Fontes (mfontes)

1923 Fr. 237 - 239 $1 Silver Certificate Block Set


  Marc Fontes (mfontes) – 1923 Fr. 237-239 $1 Silver Certificate Set, All Blocks – Marc got off to such a fast start in this new category that it made our decision in this category rather easy. The 1923 $1 Silver Certificate is a rather common note as far as “type” notes go, but Marc has gone a couple of steps further and is attempting to complete a collection of all 38 serial number blocks for all three serial combinations of this design. There are a surprising number of scarce (and even rare) blocks in this series, and Marc has attained more than 80% completion with a weighted GPA of 48.68.


Best Large Size Currency Set of 2013

IPS
$5 Large Size Design Set

IPS – $5 Large Size Design Set – This is a very difficult set to complete in high grade, as several design types are simply non-existent in high grades. This collection not only contains all 22 major design types, but 12 notes in this set qualify as “top pop” (finest known) for their respective design type. While any set can theoretically be improved, the weighted GPA of 58.77 for this set is impressive enough to get our attention—and to grab top honors in this highly competitive category. We look forward to watching this collector's sets continue to grow!

Best Small Size Currency Set of 2013

Kraig Tripp (SDCSD)
$5 Silver Certificate Set 1934-1953B with Varieties with Stars

Kraig is a repeat winner in this category, but this year for a different set. While all of his $5 Silver Certificate sets are impressive (and in fact his design set was inducted into our Hall of Fame in 2011), this very challenging set is one of his best long-term achievements. Not only are some of the regular issue varieties difficult to find in uncirculated condition, many of the stars are considered rarities for this denomination. Most difficult to locate in high grade — not to mention any grade — are the 1934B and 1934C mule stars, the 1934C narrow star, and the 1953B star, which Kraig added to his collection this year. The 1934B is another scarce star to locate in high grade, as are the 1934D narrow and wide II stars.Of the 31 notes needed to complete this set, this set includes all but two—and 22 of the 29 notes present are top pop!

Best Small Size Modern Currency Set of 2013


Michael Skourtes (The Skourtes Collection)

1976 - 2003A $2 Federal Reserve Notes Block Set with Stars

The statistics speak for themselves on this set: it is 100% complete, has a weighted GPA of 69.39 (the highest currently possible is 70.31), and, of the 99 notes in this set, an amazing 53 are top pop!



Best National Bank Note Set of 2013

Godot
1882 Brown Back State Set

This set is a collection that will be talked about by generations of collectors after us: it is the most complete set of $5 Brown Backs ever assembled by anyone, anywhere. The GPA of 50.19 is incredible, given that most of these notes saw hard time in circulation and high grade notes for many states simply do not exist. Andrew’s collection of National Bank Notes is amazing, and anyone who has any interest at all in Nationals would enjoy just a quick perusal of his sets that are registered in the PCGS Currency Set Registry.

Best Fractional Currency Set 2013

Ron Foley (cccurency)
Fractional Currency 24-Piece Design Set

 Among his many different sets, Ron’s Fractional Currency design set continues to set the bar for this category. He is a five-time winner in this category, and he continues to improve the set every year! This year he has raised his GPA to an astonishing 69.037 (the highest possible is 69.296), and of the 24 notes in this collection all but three are “top pops.” It’s an incredible collection that keeps getting better year after year

 

Best Military Certificate Set of 2013

rustyxm (Orange County Collection A681)
Military Payment Certificates Series 681 Denomination Set

When choosing award winners, it’s impossible to ignore any set with a weighted GPA of above 70. (Two points are added for a “PPQ” designation in the Set Registry competition, making a theoretical score of 72 possible on any given note.) Mr. Myers’ entry in this category has a weighted GPA of 70.105, and six of the eight notes in his denomination set for this series are either tied for or stand alone as the finest known of their type.

 

Best Block Set of 2013

Marc Fontes (mfontes)
1928 - 1957B $1  Complete Silver Certificate Set All Blocks

Mention the idea of completing a set by serial number block for all small size $1 Silver Certificates printed from 1928 until the 1960s, and most collectors would not fathom how difficult a pursuit this really is. There are 471 notes required in this set, and many are prohibitively rare—in fact, the status of many of these serial number blocks as scarce or even rare is unknown to most dealers and collectors. All of this makes Marc’s entry, which is more than 95% complete, all the more impressive. We salute Marc’s efforts for continually seeking to improve upon a very incredible collection.


Best Modern Block Set of 2013

Richard Gore (R.S. Gore)
1963-2006 $1 Federal Reserve Star Note Block Set

An incredibly impressive set, and one that has been in the running in previous years for top honors, this collection is missing just one of the 218 notes necessary for completion. The weighted GPA of 68.18 shows that Mr. Gore’s attention to quality is equal to his determination in assembling this set.

 

Best Low Ball Set of 2013

Cliff Andrews (Dueces Low)
$2 Large Size Design Low Ball Set

Cliff continues to best all-comers in this category, which paradoxically encourages competitors to assemble the “worst of the worst”—the lowest grades possible for each note. His $1 set is legendary, but his $2 set is becoming equally as remarkable. The weighted GPA of 3.71 is hardly “improvable” (i.e. can’t be lowered), as eight of the nine notes in his set are the lowest graded for their type to date by PCGS Currency. He has still yet to locate the “perfect” additions for two of the designs necessary to complete this set, so there is even room for better…or should we say worse…in years to come!


Best Exonumia Set of 2013

Terry Knight (TLK2: Simba's Pride)
1987 - 2011 Complete Disney Dollar Set

Disney Dollar sets were perhaps the most popular, fastest-growing, and hotly contested category in the entire PCGS Currency Set Registry this past year, a fact that might raise an eyebrow or two in the “stodgy” and “traditional” segments of the hobby but that comes as no surprise to the many devoted and enthusiastic collectors of these lovable notes. A complete set of Disney Dollars consists of 166 notes. While Terry’s collection is missing a single note, the weighted GPA of 68.41 gives it top honors in this category—although to point out how heated this competition has been, it beat out the next closest set by only a fraction of a point

 

Best of the Registry Certificate Winners of 2013

(#1 set in each category with at least 75% completion, 4/29/12 1:00am EST)

Large Size Type Notes
IPS $1 Large Size Design Set
IPS $2 Large Size Design Set
Gopher State Collection $10 Large Size Design Set
Gopher State Collection $20 Large Size Design Set
Gopher State Collection $1-$20 Large Size Denomination Design Set
IPS
1862-1863 Legal Tender Short Set $1-$20
IPS
1869 "Rainbow" Series Legal Tender Short Set $1-$20
Play Dough
1880 Legal Tender Short Set
Wayne 1896 Educational Series Denomination Set
Wayne 1896 Educational Series $1-$5 Silver Cert. Fr. # Set
mfontes 1899 "Black Eagle" Series $1 Silver Certificate Fr. # Set
Play Dough 1923 Series $1 Silver Certificate Fr. # Set with Stars
IPS
1922 Series Gold Certificate Denomination Short Set $10-$100
Cape Cod Currency $5 Federal Reserve Notes Complete Set 1914 No Stars
Cape Cod Currency $5 Federal Reserve Notes 1914 District Set
Carpest Collection $10 Federal Reserve Notes 1914 District Set
Carpest Collection $20 Federal Reserve Notes 1914 District Set
Play Dough Federal Reserve Notes 1914 Boston Denomination Set
The V Collection Federal Reserve Notes 1914 New York Denomination Set
Carpest Collection Federal Reserve Notes 1914 Philadelphia Denomination Set
Carpest Collection Federal Reserve Notes 1914 Cleveland Denomination Set
mel-zee Federal Reserve Notes 1914 Chicago Denomination Set
mel-zee Chicago set
Federal Reserve Notes 1914 Chicago District Friedberg No. Set
mel-zee Federal Reserve Notes 1914 St. Louis Denomination Set
Gopher State Collection Federal Reserve Notes 1914 Minneapolis Denomination Set
Carpest Collection Federal Reserve Notes 1914 San Francisco Denomination Set
BabyBinions $1 Federal Reserve Bank Note 1918 District Set
JeffB $2 Federal Reserve Bank Note 1918 District Set
Small Size Type Notes
cccurency $1 Small Size Design Set
cccurency $2 Small Size Design Set
cccurency $5 Small Size Design Set
Vito Corleone $10 Small Size Design Set
West Coast $20 Small Size Design Set
cccurency $50 Small Size Design Set
cccurency $100 Small Size Design Set
Gopher State Collection $500 Small Size Design Set
Gopher State Collection $1,000 Small Size Design Set
cccurency $1-$100 Small Size Denomination Design Set
cccurency Legal Tender Type Set $1-$100
aspenrct $2 Legal Tender Set 1928-1963A
My 2s Forever
$2 Legal Tender Set 1928-1963A with Stars
cccurrency $5 Legal Tender Notes 1928-1963 Series Set
Vito Corleone $5 Legal Tender Notes 1928-1963 Series Set with Stars
mel-zee $5 Legal Tender Notes 1928-1963 with Varieties
mel-zee $5 Legal Tender Notes 1928-1928F with Varieties
Gopher State Collection Silver Certificate Type Set
cccurency $1 Silver Certificate Set 1928-1957B
Vito Corleone $1 Silver Certificate Set 1928-1957B with Stars
cccurrency
$1 Silver Certificate Set 1928-1934 Funny Backs
Vito Corleone $1 Silver Certificate Set 1935A Design Set
cccurrency $1 Silver Certificate Experimental Variety
SDCSD $5 SC Type Set #1 $5 Silver Certificate Type Set
SDCSD $5SC Set #1 $5 Silver Certificate Set 1934-1953B with Varieties
cccurency $10 Silver Certificate Set 1933-1953B No Stars
cccurency $10 Silver Certificate Series Short Set 1934-1953B
cccurrency
Gold Certificate 1928 Denomination Short Set $10-$100
fgallo
Gold Certificate 1928 Denomination Short Set $10-$100 with Stars
Wild Bill Gold Certificate 1928 Denomination Set $10-$1,000
cccurrency Hawaiian Denomination Set
Gopher State Collection North African Denomination Set
bgoett North African Denomination Set with Stars
cccurency National Bank Note Type Set $5-$100
The Larry Emard Collection $1 Federal Reserve Note Series Set
The Larry Emard Collection
$1 Federal Reserve Notes 1963-Date District Set
The R.S. Gore Collection $1 Federal Reserve Notes 1963-Date District Set with Stars
The Skourtes Collection $2 Federal Reserve Note Series Set
The Skourtes Collection $2 Federal Reserve Notes 1976-Date District Set
The Skourtes Collection $2 Federal Reserve Notes 1976-Date District Set with Stars
Fred San Francisco $5s
$5 Federal Reserve Note Series Set
cccurrency $5 Federal Reserve Notes 1934 LGS District Set
Ernie Nepa Collection $5 Federal Reserve Notes 2006 Distric Set
Ernie Nepa Collection $5 Federal reserve Notes 2006 District Set with Stars
Freds 1934A Mules
$10 Federal Reserve Notes 1934A District Set
Top Dad $10 Federal Reserve Notes 2004A District Set
beartracks42 $10 Federal Reserve Notes 2004A District Set with Stars
cccurrency $20 Federal Reserve Notes 1928 District Set
The Larry Emard Collection $20 Federal Reserve Notes 1996 District Set
airscout $100 Federal Reserve Notes 1993 District Set with Stars
Gopher State Collection $500-$10,000 Federal Reserve Note Denomination Set
cccurrency 1928 Federal Reserve Note Denomination Set $5-$100
mel-zee
1928 Federal Reserve Note Denomination Set $5-$100 with Stars
mel-zee 1950E Federal Reserve Notes Type Set $5-$100
Lt Craig R. Petersen, USCG $5 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 District Sets No Stars
Lt Craig R. Petersen, USCG $5 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 District Sets with Stars
cccurrency $10 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 District Sets No Stars
cccurrency $20 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 District Sets No Stars
LT Craig R. Petersen, USCG $20 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 District Sets with Stars
cccurency $50 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 District Sets No Stars
cccurency $100 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 District Sets No Stars
cccurency $5-$100 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Denomination Set
cccurency Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Boston District Denomination Set No Stars
JeffB Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Boston District Denomination Set with Stars
cccurency Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 New York District Denomination Set No Stars
LT Craig R. Petersen, USCG Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 New York District Denomination Set with Stars
cccurency Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Philadelphia District Denomination Set No Stars
LT Craig R. Petersen, USCG Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Cleveland District Denomination Set No Stars
LT Craig R. Petersen, USCG Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Cleveland District Denomination Set with Stars
West Coast Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Richmond District Denomination Set No Stars
cccurrency Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Atlanta District Denomination Set No Stars
cccurrency Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Chicago District Denomination Set No Stars
JeffB Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Chicago District Denomination Set with Stars
LT Craig R. Petersen, USCG Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 St. Louis District Denomination Set No Stars
LT Craig R. Petersen, USCG Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 St. Louis District Denomination Set with Stars
cccurrency Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Minneapolis District Denomination Set No Stars
cccurrency Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Kansas City District Denomination Set No Stars
cccurrency Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Dallas District Denomination Set No Stars
LT Craig R. Petersen, USCG Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Dallas District Denomination Set No Stars
LT Craig R. Petersen, USCG Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 San Francisco District Denomination Set with Stars
cccurrency Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Denomination Set All Districts
LT Craig R. Petersen, USCG (ret.)
Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Denomination Set All Districts with Stars
National Bank Notes
Godot Large Size 51-Note National Bank Note State Set
Godot Small Size 51-Note National Bank Note State Set
Godot Small Size National Bank Note Alphabet Set A - Z
Godot US First Charter State Set
Godot US 1902RS State Set
Godot US 1902PB State Set
Godot Large Size 15-Note National Bank Note Territorial Set
Fractional Currency
cccurency Fractional Currency 6-Piece Denomination Type Set
cccurency Fractional Currency Denomination Type Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency Complete Basic Set
dtreter
Fractional Currency First Issue Denomination Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency Second Issue Denomination Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency Fourth Issue Denomination Set
cccurrency
Fractional Currency Fifth Issue Denomination Set
dtreter Fractional Currency 5c Denomination Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency 10c Denomination Set
Huhan Collection Fractional Currency 15c Denomination Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency 25c Denomination Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency 50c Third Issue Spinner
Military Payment Certificates
Stars & Stripes Collection
Military Payment Certificates Complete Set
Jeff Smith Military Payment Certificates Basic Regular Issue Set
Jeff Smith Military Payment Certificates Fractional Denominations
Jeff Smith MPC Series 461 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 471 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 472 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 481 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 521 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 541 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 591 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 611 Denomination Set
Orange County Collection A641
MPC Series 641 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 651 Denomination Set
Orange County Collection A661 MPC Series 661 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 691 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 692 Denomination Set
Jeff Smith MPC Series 701 Denomination Set
Low Ball Sets
Cliffs Incredibily Low Large Size Design Set $1 Large Size Design Low Ball Set
nealgrtx 1922 Series Gold Cert. Denomination Low Ball Short Set $10-$100
Cliff's "How low can I go?" $1 Small Size Set $1 Small Size Design Low Ball Set
nealgrtx $1 Silver Certificate Set 1928-1934 Funny Backs Low Ball Set
Cliff's Really REALLY Low $2 Small Size Set $2 Small Size Design Low Ball Set
RayNY2E $5 Small Size Design Low Ball Set
nealgrtx $10 Small Size Design Low Ball Set
Heywood $20 Small Size Design Low Ball Set
Heywood $50 Small Size Design Low Ball Set
Heywood $100 Small Size Design Low Ball Set
Cliff's Legal Tender "Really Low "Low Ball Set Legal Tender Low Ball Type Set $1-$100
nealgrtx Silver Certificate Low Ball Type Set
Heywood Gold Certificate 1928 Denomination Low Ball Short Set $10-$100
USNotes Fractional Currency 24-Piece Low Ball Design Set
tootawl 1896 Educational Series Denomination Low Ball Set
Block Sets
oghull #1 Set
1928-1928G $2 Legal Tender Block Set
Ollis & Chase Set 1928-1928G $2 Legal Tender Block Set with Stars
2s Forever 1928-1928G $2 Legal Tender Block Set with Varieties
Vito Corleone 1953-1953C $2 Legal Tender Block Set
Vito Corleone 1953-1953C $2 Legal Tender Block Set with Stars
The Ollis G. Collection
1963-1963A $2 Legal Tender Block Set with Stars
My Favorite A
1928-1963A $2 Complete Legal Tender Set All Blocks
Hulls 2s
1928-1963A $2 Complete Legal Tender Set All Blocks with Stars
mfontes 1953-1963$5 Legal tender Block Set with Stars
mfontes 1923 Fr. 237 $1 Silver Certificate Block Set AB-BE
mfontes 1923 Fr. 238 $1 Silver Certificate Block Set VD-BE
mfontes 1928 $1 Silver Certificate Block Set  AA - *A
mfontes
1928A $1 Silver Certificate Block Set DA - *A
mfontes 1928B $1 Silver Certificate Block Set VA - *A
Vito Corleone 1934 $1 Silver Certificate Block Set AA - *A
mfontes 1935 $1 Silver Certificate Block Set AA - *A
mfontes 1935 $1 Silver Certificate Block Set AA - *A with Varieties
mfontes 1935A $1 Silver Certificate Block Set MA - *B
mfontes
1935A $1 Silver Certificate Block Set MA - *B with Varieties
mfontes 1935B $1 Silver Certificate Block Set CD - *B
mfontes 1935C $1 Silver Certificate Block Set KD - *B
mfontes 1935D Wide $1 Silver Certificate Block Set RE - *C
mfontes 1935D Narrow $1 Silver Certificate Block Set UE - *D
mfontes 1935D Wide and Narrow $1 Silver Certificate Block Set RE - *D
mfontes 1935E $1 Silver Certificate Block Set NG - *F
mfontes 1935F $1 Silver Certificate Block Set PI - *G
Huhan Collection 1935G $1 Silver Certificate Motto and No Motto Block Set BJ -*G
Vito Corleone 1935H $1 Silver Certificate Block Set DJ - *G
mfontes
1957 $1 Silver Certificate Block Set AA - *D
mfontes
1957A $1 Silver Certificate Block Set AA - *A
Ernie Nepa Collection 1957B $1 Silver Certificate Block Set QA - *B
SDCSD 1934 $5 Silver Certificate Block Set AA - *A
SDCSD 1934A $5 Silver Certificate Block Set EA - *A with Varieties
SDCSD 1934B $5 Silver Certificate Block Set KA - *A
SDCSD

1934B $5 Silver Certificate Block Set KA - *A with Varieties

SDCSD 1934C $5 Silver Certificate Block Set LA - *A
SDCSD 1934D $5 Silver Certificate Block Set LA - *A
SDCSD 1934-1934D $5 Silver Certificate Set All Blocks
SDCSD 1953 $5 Silver Certificate Block Set AA - *A
SDCSD 1953A $5 Silver Certificate Block Set DA - *A
SDCSD 1953B $5 Silver Certificate Block Set FA-*A
SDCSD 1953-1953B $5 Complete Silver Certificate Set All Blocks
SDCSD $5 SC Block Set
1934-1953B $5 Complete Silver Certificate Set All Blocks
Vito Corleone 1935A $1 North Africa Silver Certificate Block Set BC - *A
The Larry Emard Collection 1963 $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
eernie42
1963A $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
The Larry Emard Collection 1963B $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set BG - L*
The Larry Emard Collection 1969 $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
eernie42
1969A $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
eernie42
1969B $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
The Larry Emard Collection 1969C $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set BD - L*
eernie42 1969D $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
The Larry Emard Collection 1974 $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
The Larry Emard Collection 1977 $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
jdl4iu 1988 $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
jdl4iu 1988A $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
The R.S.Gore Collection 1988A $1 Federal Reserve WEB Note Block Set AA - L*
jdl4iu 1993 $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - LK
The Larry Emard Collection 2001 $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
jbrucet
2003 $1 Federal Reserve Note Block Set AA - L*
The R.S. Gore Collection 1963-2006 $1 Federal Reserve Star Note Block Set
The Skourtes Collection 1976-2003A Complete $2 Federal Reserve Note Block Set
Exonumia
TLK2: Simbras Pride
$1 Disney Dollar Series Set
The disneyland_ohio Collection
$5 Disney Dollar Series Set
TLK2: Simbras Pride $10 Set
$10 Disney Dollar Series Set
High Grade Rarities Collection Columbian Expo Admission Tickets Basic Set
High Grade Rarities Collection Columbian Expo Admission Tickets and Special Day Passes
The Skourtes Collection Complete American Liberty Dollar Set