Frequently Asked Questions
What is the PCGS Currency Set Registry and what do I have to do to register? The Registry lets collectors compare their collections to other current and all-time great collections, ranking sets in order of grade point average, completion and overall rating. There are no fees to participate. Simply create an account and begin adding your inventory. Click here to begin.
Can I use ungraded notes or notes from other grading services in the PCGS Currency Set Registry? The PCGS Currency Set Registry only accepts PCGS-graded notes.
Can I start a set with just one note? Yes. Start with one note and watch your set grow!
Is there a limit to how many sets I can start? No. You can build as many sets as you like.
Is there a time limit to completion? You can take as long as you wish to build a set. However, if your set is less than 10% complete and has not been updated within one year, it will be marked unpublished and can not be published again until it has been updated.
Can I use the same certification number in more than one set? If so, how? Yes, you can use the same certification number in more than one set as long as the sets are not identical set composites. For example, you can use the same certification number in the Silver Certificate Type Set and the $5 Silver Certificate Set because these are different set composites. You cannot use the same certification in two Silver Certificate Type Sets. If you have the sets started, simply add your new inventory using the “Add these notes to all of your existing sets which they match or replace notes if the rating of the new note is higher” feature and commit the changes to your sets. If you wish to begin new sets, first add your inventory and then add your new sets.
How do I rename my set? Go to My Sets and view your set you wish to rename. Click on Edit in the information box, change your set name, then click Update.
If I delete a set, can it be restored? Yes. Email and request that the set be restored. Note, however if you have placed any of the inventory items from that set in a like set composite, that inventory will not be restored with the reactivated set. Inventory cannot be used in two sets of the same type.
Why does "Edit" appear by my set in the Registry. If you are logged in, you can go to My Set Registry from your set in the Registry. Only you see the "Edit" link and if you have marked your sets not viewable to the public, only you can view your sets. Once you logout, "Edit" will disappear from your set name.
What are weights? Within a set, not all notes have the same value and rarity. Sets in the PCGS Currency Set Registry are weighted on a 1 to 10 scale with 10 being the rarest notes and 1 being the most common. While it may be in true in some instances that a note may be many times over 10 as rare as the most common note in the set, the Registry keeps the scale simple so that all levels of collectors can compete.
The Registry weighting is done by taking three things into account:
1. The overall rarity of the note, i.e. the rarity in all grades
2. The rarity in the highest 2 or 3 grades
3. The price (because this is an indication of demand and importance to collectors)
Why are some sets not weighted? Sets may be added without weights so that collectors may begin adding their notes. Eventually, all sets will be weighted.
How is the GPA calculated? The Weighted Grade Point Average is the grade of each item registered in the set multiplied by the weight and then summed. That sum is divided by the total number of registered currency weights.
How is the Set Rating calculated? The Set Rating is achieved by dividing the weighted grade sum by the total sum of the weights in the entire set.
What do I do if I receive a message that a new inventory item I am trying to add is listed in another member’s set? It is each member’s responsibility to keep his or her inventory up-to-date. However, in the event that you receive a message that your inventory item has not been added because it is residing in another member’s set, you will be provided the option to send an automatic email to that member requesting that the note be removed. If, after 3 business days, the inventory item has not been removed, please submit a scan of the front and back of the note to and the item will be removed for you.
How do I get free submissions for notes in my set? If your set is at least 90% complete it qualifies for free submissions. To learn more, visit the benefits page.
How can I get my set pedigreed? If your set is 100% complete and ranked in the top 5 in your category, it may qualify for a pedigree. To learn more, visit the benefits page.
Is the Collectors Showcase category different from the other categories? The Collectors Showcase is a non-competitive area where collectors can show-off their notes that might not necessarily fit into a defined “set.” Showcase sets are not ranked.
How can I delete comments placed on my sets by another member? When you login into the Registry, you can delete comments made by other members by going to the set where the comment was made.
Can I prevent certain members from placing comments on my sets? If a member has placed a comment on your set, you can block that member from adding further comments to your set by logging in and clicking the Block This User From Posting link that appears by the user's comment. Note that you should delete the comment after blocking the user.
When do the PCGS Currency Set Registry awards and occur? The deadline for the awards is every year in May. The winners are announced shortly after and are presented with their awards at a Dinner held every year mid-June at the Memphis Currency summer convention. For more information, click here.
Is my set automatically considered for the awards? All sets ranked in the top 5 are reviewed for the awards.