Awards 2008

 

2009 WINNERS

Expert comments:
We first introduced the PCGS Currency Set Registry one year ago, and what an exciting year it has been!  It has truly been a joy and honor working with collectors and dealers who were diligently and passionately assembling these great collections.  Whether it was a common Federal Reserve Note or a Large Size rarity, this year’s participants strived to achieve the highest PCGS graded notes and most complete Sets.  When the Set Registry deadline hit and the totals were in, we were truly awestruck at how hard so many collectors worked to compete on this exciting platform that allows collectors to compete and compare their currency with other who share their passion for this hobby. Because there were so many great sets registered, we’d like to acknowledge a few of the honorable mentions:

In the Large Size Type Notes category, we'd like to recognize the owner of the Gopher State Collection for his $5 Large Size Design Set and his 1869 "Rainbow" Series Legal Tender Short Set $1-$20, the LakeSamm Collection's 1896 Educational Series Denomination Set, and jqpubl for his $10 Federal Reserve Notes 1914 District Set.

For the Small Size Type Notes category, congratulations to aspenrct for his Legal Tender Type Set $1-$100, RayNY2E for his $2 Small Size Design Set, the Greenwood Collection's $5-$100 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Denomination Set, and SDCSD's $5 Silver Certificate Type Set.

We would like to recognize both the R.S. Gore Collection and dtreter for their Fractional Currency Denomination Type Sets.

Larry Emard has assembled a very admirable Military Payment Certificates Complete Set. 

And, to the 59 “Best of the Registry” certificate winners, we say GREAT JOB… WE'RE IMPRESSED.

We would to thank all of the currency collectors and dealers who participated and entrusted PCGS Currency with the honor and responsibility of grading and authenticating their notes.  We look forward to another exciting year of Set Registry competition in the year to come, and plan to add many new exciting sets and categories in the months to come. If you have any particular collecting specialty or area of interest that you would like to see us add to the Set Registry, please send us your suggestions. We wish you the best of luck, and happy collecting!

Laura A. Kessler
Vice President of Business Development, PCGS Currency

Best Collection of 2008

Aspen RCT, Inc.
While none of his sets won category awards, one collector dominated so many categories that we had to create a special award for him.  His impressive accomplishments include completion in four sets, the Small Size Legal Tender Type Set (in which he actually entered two complete sets) and the $2 Legal Tender Set 1928-1963A No Stars, the $1 Silver Certificate Set 1928-1957B No Stars, and the Gold Certificate 1928 Denomination Short Set $10-$100.  In every set in which he competed his grade point average was extraordinarily high, most over 68 and some even higher than 70 (with extra points added for the PPQ designation for notes with Premium Paper Quality).  His leadership in inspiring competition in so many sets (he entered an amazing 54 different sets into the Set Registry, some of them duplicates—imagine having to find two top-notch notes instead of just one!) helped make the first year of the PCGS Currency Set Registry an exciting event.  This collection is a prime example of the “whole being greater than the sum of its parts.”

Best Large Size Currency Set of 2008

Paula Griffiths (A Day in the Life)
$1 Large Size Design Set
Form the original Demand notes of 1862 to Martha notes to Black Eagles and the always popular Fr. 40, the $1 Large Size Design Set comprises the 13 major designs that graced the large size dollars until the switch to small size in 1929. Many of the earlier issues for this denomination are rarities in the highest levels of preservation. Finding them and bringing them home takes a discerning eye for quality and the proper means to close the deal. This winning set is only three notes short from complete and carries an impeccable weighted grade point average of 67.72! It stands as a wonderful accomplishment for such a classic denomination.

Best Small Size Currency Set of 2008

 Larry S. Emard (The Larry Emard Collection)
$1 Federal Reserve Notes 1963-Date District Set With Stars
Perhaps the most iconic and popular set in small-size U.S. paper money, the $1 Feds are generally the most widely collected set by collectors. Second in size only to a complete block set, a district set of these notes from inception to the present is no small feat. The issue here is not necessarily the condition or cost, but the size of the collection itself. At over 500 notes for the complete set, a collector will need time, patience, contacts and lots of looking to be successful. There is no irony that a set such as this one is honored in the inaugural Set Registry Awards.



Best Fractional Currency Set 2008

Gopher State Collection
Fractional Currency 24-Piece Design Set
From postage stamps to bronzing to portraits, fractionals span a huge diversity of design ideas. These very popular 19th century notes are represented in this set by the many different pieces that make up the five series. While all are easily obtainable in new condition, the high-grade pieces require perfect centering, great color, and should display that “fresh-off-the-press” look.   The top set boasted a perfect 100% completion rating as well as a 65.48 weighted grade point average.  Of the 24 pieces for this set, only six were graded lower than a 64.  At the very top end are a few 66s and 67s for added points.  

Best Military Certificate Set of 2008

Jeff Smith
Military Payment Certificates Complete Set
The U.S. Military Payment Certificates are some of the most artistic pieces of currency ever printed by the BEP. The use of intricate and attractive design elements, bright colors and eye-pleasing patterns, gives you nothing short of a masterpiece. A set such as this is the epitome for the true military collector — the ultimate achievement for a compilation that is by no means easy. As any student of this series knows, many of the high denominations are simply scarce — $5 or $10 dollars was a lot of money for the G.I. not to spend during wartime. These pieces were not saved, and when they were, they were typically in well-worn condition. This is exactly what the collector will discover embarking upon such a mission – the disparity in the availability of high-grade specimens for many of the $5, $10 and $20 notes. Completing this set in high-grade took time, money and searching, and is duly rewarded with a top spot in this competition. The top set is missing only one note of the 102 required — the key Series 471 $5 piece. With a weighted grade point average of 64.12, the problem faced by many collectors is realized here — many of the early series high denomination pieces are high-end circulated grades of 45, 50, 55, and 58. Remember that this is among the best of what is available! Many of the other pieces are very high grade 67s, 68s and 69s. This entire set is remarkable and an impressive accomplishment.  

Best Low Ball Set of 2008

Cliff Andrews (Cliff's "How low can I go?")
$1 Small Size Design Low Ball Set
Who could have thought that the lowest level on the grading scale would actually be a competitive force? Well, the Rags, Fair-2s and Good-4s actually have their own followers who find them more attractive than a new note — Oscar the Grouch excluded. Whether they sat in a bill fold for 20 years, went through countless wash cycles, or spent some time in the sanitation system of a major city, these notes still have class — even if it is dirty, smelly and full of holes. But do not be fooled — finding low grades such as these can be challenging, and in many ways, more so than obtaining uncirculated pieces. Numerous Good-4s and VG-8s bolster the winning set bringing the weighted grade point average down to 9.48. That is certainly good enough for a trophy in the shape of a garbage can!


Best of the Registry Certificate Winners of 2008

(#1 set in each category with at least 75% completion, 6/30/08 5:00pm EST)

Large Size Type Notes
Gopher State Collection $2 Large Size Design Set
Gopher State Collection $5 Large Size Design Set
Gopher State Collection 1862-1863 Legal Tender Short Set $1-$20
Gopher State Collection 1869 "Rainbow Series Legal Tender Short Set $1-$20
LakeSamm Collection 1896 Educational Series Denomination Set
GreatOldNotes 1899 "Black Eagle Series $1 Silver Certificate Fr. # Set
Jeff Smith 1922 Series Gold Certificate Denomination Short Set $10-$100
jqpubl@yahoo.com $10 Federal Reserve Notes 1914 District Set
Paper Tiger Federal Reserve Notes 1914 New York Denomination Set
Small Size Type Notes
Gopher State Collection $1 Small Size Design Set
RayNY2E $2 Small Size Design Set
Gopher State Collection $5 Small Size Design Set
Gopher State Collection $10 Small Size Design Set
Heywood $20 Small Size Design Set
Gopher State Collection $100 Small Size Design Set
aspenrct Legal Tender Type Set $1-$100
aspenrct $2 Legal Tender Set 1928-1963A No Stars
5thwhl $5 Legal Tender Notes 1928-1963 No Stars
5thwhl $5 Legal Tender Notes 1928-1928F No Stars
Gopher State Collection Silver Certificate Type Set
SDCSD $5 Type $5 Silver Certificate Type Set
aspenrct $1 Silver Certificate Set 1928-1957B No Stars
aspenrct $1 Silver Certificate Set 1928-1957B With Stars
SDCSD $5SC $5 Silver Certificate Set 1934-1953C No Stars
aspenrct $10 Silver Certificate Series Short Set 1934-1953B
aspenrct Gold Certificate 1928 Denomination Short Set $10-$100
Gopher State Collection Gold Certificate 1928 Denomination Set $10-$1,000
aspenrct North African Denomination Set
Gopher State Collection National Bank Note Type Set $5-$100
The Larry Emard Collection $1 Federal Reserve Notes 1963-Date District Set No Stars
RayNY2E $2 Federal Reserve Notes 1976-Date District Set No Stars
RayNY2E $2 Federal Reserve Notes 1976-Date District Set With Stars
Gopher State Collection High Denomination Federal Reserve Notes Denomination Set $500-$10,000
5thwhl 1950E $5 Federal Reserve Notes Denomination Set with Stars
The Greenwood Collection $10 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 District Sets No Stars
The Greenwood Collection $20 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 District Sets No Stars
The Greenwood Collection $100 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 District Sets No Stars
The Greenwood Collection $5-$100 Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Denomination Set
LT Craig R. Petersen, USCG FRBN Set Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Boston District Denomination Set No Stars
The Greenwood Collection Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Philadelphia District Denomination Set No Stars
The Greenwood Collection Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Atlanta District Denomination Set No Stars
The Greenwood Collection Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Chicago District Denomination Set No Stars
Gopher State Collection Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Minneapolis District Denomination Set No Stars
The Greenwood Collection Federal Reserve Bank Notes 1929 Dallas District Denomination Set No Stars
Fractional Currency
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency 6-Piece Denomination Type Set
dtreter Fractional Currency 6-Piece Denomination Type Set
dtreter Fractional Currency Denomination Type Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency Denomination Type Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency Fourth Issue Denomination Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency Fifth Issue Denomination Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency 10c Denomination Set
The R.S. Gore Collection Fractional Currency 15c Denomination Set
Military Payment Certificates
Jeff Smith Military Payment Certificates Basic Regular Issue Set
Jeff Smith Military Payment Certificates Fractional Denominations
Low Ball Sets
Cliffs 'You cant go lower than me' $2 Small Size Design Low Ball Set
RayNY2E $5 Small Size Design Low Ball Set
Cliffs Legal Tender 'Really Low' Low Ball Set Legal Tender Low Ball Type Set $1-$100
RayNY2E Silver Certificate Low Ball Type Set
fgallo 1928 Denomination Low Ball Short Set $10-$100