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PCGS names set winners

Professional Coin Grading Service has announced the 2011 award winners for best sets in the PCGS Set RegistrySM. Many of the winners attended the PCGS Set Registry luncheon on Aug. 18 during the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill.

“Every year since its inception in 2001, the PCGS Set Registry has seen an increase in not only registered sets (now over 58,000) but also in completed sets,” said BJ Searls, Set Registry manager.

“What this year’s winners have accomplished is definitely worthy of high praise,” said David Hall, PCGS co-founder and president of Collectors Universe, Inc.

Following is a complete list of the PCGS Set Registry award winners for 2011:

Specialized Area Collections:
High Desert – Complete U.S. Type Set (1792-1964)

Specialized Area Collections:
Simpson – Lincoln Cents Off-Metal Strikes, Circulation Strikes (1943-1944)

Individual Sets:
Tom Bender – $3 Gold Basic Set, Proof (1854-1889)

The complete list of Hall of Fame Honored members is online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/awards_halloffame.html.

BEST CLASSIC SETS OF 2011
Simpson – Lincoln Cents Off-Metal Strikes, Circulation Strikes (1943-1944)
High Desert – Complete U.S. Type Set (1792-1964)
Driftwood – Barber Series Complete Set, Proof (1892-1915)
JB3 Collection – Commemoratives Complete Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1893-present)
ESM – U.S. Cents Complete Set with Major Varieties (1793-present)
Jim McGuigan – Half Cent Collection (1793-1857)
ESM – Half Cents, Proof (1831-1857)
Twin Leaf Collection – Large Cents, Proof (1817-1857)
The Best – Flying Eagle Cents with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1856-1858)
The Castle Collection – Indian Cents, Circulation Strikes (1859-1909)
The Thomas Irwin Collection – Lincoln Cent Collection (1909-Present)
Legal Two Cents – Shield Two Cents with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1864-1872)
David Poole – Three Cent Nickels, Proof (1865-1889)
Simpson – Three Cent Silvers, Circulation Strikes (1851-1872)
Laura Sperber (Legend Collection) – Three Cent Silvers, Proof (1854-1873)
Mitch Green Variety Set – Shield Nickels with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1866-1883)
Just Having Fun – Shield Nickel Collection (1866-1883)
Richard Groman – Liberty Nickels Basic Set, Proof (1883-1912)
Gerald Forsythe – Buffalo Nickel Collection (1913-1938)
Simpson – Capped Bust Half Dimes, Circulation Strikes (1829-1837)
Simpson – Liberty Seated Half Dimes, Circulation Strikes (1837-1873)
Gerry Fortin – Liberty Seated Dimes, Circulation Strikes (1837-1891)
Simpson – Barber Dime Collection (1892-1916)
Greenwich Collection – Liberty Seated Quarters, Proof (1858-1891)
Just Having Fun – Standing Liberty Quarters FH, Circulation Strikes (1916-1930)
Mitchell J. Spivack (Wondercoin) – Washington Quarters, Circulation Strikes (1932-Present)
David Poole – Washington Quarters, Circulation Strikes (1932-1964)
Dale Friend – Early Half Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1794-1839)
Dr. and Mrs. Peter K. Shireman Collection – Barber Half Dollar Collection, Circulation Strikes (1892-1915)
Gerald Forsythe – Walking Liberty Half Dollar Collection (1916-1947)
Robert D. Hesselgesser M.D. – Early Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1794-1803)
California I – Morgan Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
David T. Miller and C. Ash Harrison (DT Miller by Ashmore) – Morgan Dollars Prooflike, Circulation Strikes (1878-1921)
Paul Taylor – Morgan Dollars Basic Set, Proof (1878-1904)
California I – Peace Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1921-1935)
The Donald A. Kutz $2 1/2 Indian Collection -Indian Head $2-1/2 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1908-1929)
The Great Lakes Collection -$3 Gold No 1870-S, Circulation Strikes (1854-1889)
Tom Bender – $3 Gold Basic Set, Proof (1854-1889)
Simpson – Indian Head $10 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1907-1933)
AWA Collection – Liberty Head $20 Gold, Circulation Strikes (1850-1907)
Simpson – St. Gaudens $20 Gold with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1907-1932)
Dr. & Mrs. Steven L. Duckor – St. Gaudens $20 Gold with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes (1907-1932)
Bruce Scher – Silver Commemoratives 144 Piece Mintmark & Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1892-1954)
Paul Denby – Gold Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes (1903-1926)

BEST MODERN SETS 0F 2011
Greg Rivers (The Sugarfree Chaos Collection) – Silver, Gold & Platinum Eagle Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1986-present)
High Voltage Collection- Modern Type Set (1950-present)
AU_Hobby – Lincoln Memorial Cents Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1959-2008)
Elwell Family Collection (ibndalight) – Lincoln Memorial Cents Complete Variety Set, Proof (1959-2008)
The Corso Collection – Jefferson Nickels FS, Circulation Strikes (1938-present)
Just Having Fun – Jefferson Nickels FS Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1938-1964)
Steve Strom – Jefferson Nickels FS Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1938-1964)
Ray Overby – Jefferson Nickels FS, Circulation Strikes (1965-present)
MGM Collection – Roosevelt Dimes Basic Set, Proof (1950-present)
ErasmusHall – Roosevelt Dimes FB Collection (1946-present)
GRFN – Franklin Half Dollars FBL, Circulation Strikes (1948-1963)
EBL III Collection – Franklin Half Dollars, Proof (1950-1963)
PD Shad – Kennedy Half Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1964-Present)
Caleb Clough (The Acadia Collection) – Kennedy Half Dollar Collection (1964-Present)
Nick Shelton – Kennedy Half Dollar Collection (1964-Present)
Gabriel Murphy (Murphy’s) – Eisenhower Dollar Collection (1971-1978)
The Richland Ikes – Eisenhower Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1971-1978)
Gandyjais Variety & DIVA Proof Ike Set – Eisenhower Dollars Complete Variety Set, Proof (1971-1978)
Gabriel Murphy (Murphy’s “DRG Collection”) – Susan B. Anthony Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1979-81, 1999)
Ted Sierra – Sacagawea Dollar Collection (2000-present)
Sonoran Monsoon – Presidential Dollar Collection (2007-2016)
James Elsmore (JE) – Presidential Dollars First Day of Issue, Circulation Strikes (2007-2016)
LJK’s Presidential Dollars A & B Set – Presidential Dollars with Major Varieties, Circulation Strikes and Satin Finish (2007-2016)
J. Michael Halwig M.D. (The Halwig Collection) – Modern Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes (1982-present)
Sam Eltonhead (Sam’s Complete Modern Set) – Complete Modern Commemoratives Set (1982-present)
The Twinight Collection – First Spouse $10 Gold Collection with First Strikes

BEST MINT AND PROOF SETS OF 2011
Gopher State Collection – 1795 Mint Set with Gold
ErasmusHall – 1936-Present Mint Set
J.A. Enfield – 1950-1959 Mint Set
Midsouthcoin – 1861 Proof Set
Palmetto Galleries – 1881 Proof Set with Gold
Midsouthcoin – 1895 Proof Set
ErasmusHall – 1936-Present Proof Set
The MKJ Collection – 1936-1942 Proof Set
Elite Cameo – 1950-1964 Proof Set

BEST COLONIALS, PRIVATE ISSUES & TERRITORIAL GOLD AND PATTERN SETS OF 2011
Gopher State Collection – Colonial Coin Collection (1616-1820)
Alamo Collection – Rosa Americana and Hibernia Coinage Basic Set (1722-1724)
Russell Augustin of Augustin Capital Management (AUCM) – North Carolina Gold (Bechtler 1831-1850)
Fall River Collection – Utah Gold (Mormon 1849-1860)
Robert H. Lande – California Fractional Gold – Complete Collection, Period One
Just Having Fun -Philippines Collection (1903-1945)
The Mark Hagen Collection (boiler78) – Flying Eagle and Indian Head Cents – Short Set (1858)

BEST LOW BALL OF 2011
Pocket Piece – Copper, Nickel and Silver Type Set, Low Ball (1792-1964)
Friends in Low Places – Liberty Nickels, Low Ball (1883-1912)
HawkeEye – Morgan Dollars, Low Ball (1878-1921)
Jimmy Austin’s Best of the Worst – Peace Dollars, Low Ball (1921-1935)
Warren W. Blanchard III ($implythebe$t Low Ball Ike $et) – Eisenhower Dollars, Low Ball (1971-1978)
Not Mint To Be–Pocketpiece Commemoratives – Silver Commemoratives 50 Piece Type Set, Low Ball (1892-1954)

BEST EVERYMAN SETS OF 2011
Michael Hassler, Master Sergeant, USAF, Retired Combat Air Crew Member & Vietnam Veteran – Everyman Indian Cents (1859-1909)
Long Beach AU FH Set – Everyman Standing Liberty Quarters (1916-1930)
Merrill Collection – Early Half Dollars 1794-1839

BEST AUSTRALIAN SETS 0F 2011
Caranett – Australian Edward VII Sovereigns, Circulation Strikes (1902-1910)
The-M – Australian Complete Proof Set (1955-1963)

BEST BELGIUM SETS 0F 2011
Caranett – Belgium Gold 20 Francs Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1865-1882)

BEST BERMUDA SETS 0F 2011
Howard S. Hornreich (Hornreich Collection) – Bermuda Hogge Set, Proof (1989-1990)

BEST BRITISH SETS 0F 2011
Howard S. Hornreich (Hornreich Collection Elizabeth Type Gold with VIP Proof Sovereign) – British Gold Type Set, Elizabeth II (acc. 1952)
Kristoffer Dorado Zorilla (KDZ) – British Elizabeth II 2 Pounds Silver Britannia Date Set, Proof (1997-present)

BEST CANADIAN SETS 0F 2011
Lantern Collection – Canadian Coins Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1858-1952)
Southern Cross – NF Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1865-1947)

BEST CHINESE SETS 0F 2011
GDH – Panda Silver 10 Yuan (1oz), Circulation Strikes (1989-present)
Yomibro’s Collection – Republic of China Silver Dollars (Yuan) Design Set, Circulation Strikes (1912-1934)

BEST CUBAN SETS 0F 2011
Virginia Transplant – Peso, Circulation Strikes (1915-1953)
Virginia Transplant – Complete Gold Peso Set, Circulation Strikes (1915-1916)

BEST FRENCH SETS OF 2011
Caranett – French 20 Francs Gold Angel, Circulation Strikes (1871-1898)

BEST GERMAN SETS 0F 2011
Gray/Huber Dream Set – German States 3 Mark Type Set, Proof (1908-1918)
The Sheffield Collection XII – 1/2 Mark Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1905-1919)

BEST ITALIAN SETS OF 2011
Caranett – Italy 20 Lire, Circulation Strikes (1880-1897)

BEST JAPANESE SETS 0F 2011
Ted Wydeven, Sr. (T&JW) – Japanese Gold Denomination Set (1870-1932)

BEST MEXICAN SETS 0F 2011
mission4906 – Mexico “Caballito” Peso Complete Variety Set, Circulation Strikes (1910-1914)
Eagle1 – Mexico Gold 50 Pesos, Circulation Strikes (1921-1947)

BEST PALESTINIAN MANDATE SETS 0F 2011
Jerusalem Collection – Palestine Complete Set, Circulation Strikes (1927-1946)

BEST SWISS SETS 0F 2011
The Sheffield Collection XIX – Swiss 1/2 Silver Franc, Circulation Strikes (1850-1967)
Bill Goode (WJG Swiss Shooting Talers) – Swiss Shooting Festival Commemoratives, Circulation Strikes (1842-1939)
Rod Moore Schützenfest – Modern Thalers – Swiss Shooting Festival Commemoratives 50 Francs (1984-present)

BEST MULTI-COUNTRY SETS 0F 2011
Caranett – British Commonwealth Sovereigns Complete Set Victoria (Jubilee Head ), Circulation Strikes (1887-1893)

BEST NEW SETS 0F 2011
Wineguy – Shield Two Cents Classic Set, Circulation Strikes (1864-1872)
Ali – Liberty Nickels Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1883-1912)
Kurt Vanderwest (KCV Lady Liberty Cir/Pr) – Liberty Nickels Basic Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1883-1912)
JSV – Mercury Dimes FB Basic Set, Circulation Strikes and Proof (1916-1945)
Hansin Collection – Twenty Cents with 76-CC, Circulation Strikes (1875-1876)
Kevorkian Collection – Barber Half Dollars, Proof (1892-1915)
Tradedollarnut – Trade Dollars Basic Set, Circulation Strikes (1873-1878)
Hansin Collection – 1922 Mint Set with Gold
Hillgrove Collection – British George IV Sovereign Date Set, Circulation Strikes (1821-1830)
Talmar12 – German 5 Reichsmark Potsdam Church without Date, Circulation Strikes (1934-1935)

BEST EXHIBITED SETS 0F 2011
Hill Hinkle (400 Esplanade) – New Orleans Dimes, Circulation Strikes (1838-1909)
Layb’s Roos (The Layb Collection) – Australian Kangaroo Silver Dollars, Circulation Strikes (1993-present)
Rule Britannia Collection – British Silver and Copper Type Set George V, Circulation Strikes (1910-1936)

The judges’ descriptions of the sets that received major awards are online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/awards_2011.html. A listing of “Best of the Registry” sets is online at www.pcgs.com/setregistry/BOR_2011.html.

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