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Each year, Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGCcoin.com) recognizes the top collectors and collections in the NGC Registry. Ten winners were selected in each of our Best Classic Set and Best Modern Set categories along with five Best Presented Set winners, five Best New Set winners and six Custom Set winners. In addition, we named five winners in the Overall Achievement in Collecting category and three winners for Outstanding Collectors Journal.
Winners in these major NGC Registry award categories receive a personalized plaque, an icon of recognition next to their NGC Registry set and a $500 NGC grading credit. More than $20,000 in prizes were awarded this year.
Our team of judges reviewed the top sets across every category in the NGC Registry. After much consideration, they selected the following sets. Congratulations to our winners!
Overall Achievement Winners
Though only a member of the NGC Registry for three years, this collector has really gotten into its spirit. There are 137 competitive sets focusing on modern world coins and medals, with a total of 1,244 pieces enrolled. Not surprisingly, the result is nearly 1.5 million Registry points.
This is a real veteran collector, having participated almost as long as the NGC Registry has been in existence. Some 85 sets have been created that span all issues of modern USA coins, including regular issues, commemoratives and bullion pieces. That’s nearly 1,500 coins so far, with a grand sum of nearly 1.7 million points.
Whidbey Island Collection
Another long-term member of the NGC Registry, this collector has amassed nearly 1.85 million points. These are distributed over 97 competitive sets comprising 1,123 competitive coins. The theme here is vintage USA coins, with date/mint sets, type sets and year sets. Many of the coins are quite outstanding.
A recurring theme this year is that our winners are mostly long-term members of the NGC Registry. Since 2006 this collector has assembled an amazing 627 competitive sets over a broad range of both modern and vintage world coins, with the United Kingdom and Commonwealth predominating. The result is 5,291 competitive entries totaling nearly a million points.
In just a few short years of membership, this collector has created an impressive 423 competitive sets featuring more than 3,000 coins. The only discernible theme seems to be "everything," with sets ranging from modern Australian issues to vintage USA coins. There are so many world coin sets of all periods in modern history that this collector should be given a degree in numismatics.
Best Classic Sets
Maundy Madness – nerbee
On each Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday, the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom presents small leather pouches holding silver coins to worthy subjects, the number of coins growing annually with the monarch’s age. The coins are represented by four denominations: penny, two pence, three pence and four pence. This splendid collection is complete for the entire reign of Queen Victoria (1838-1901). Approximately 70% of them are illustrated, and the grades are pleasingly high throughout.
$5 Liberty Half Eagle 1839-1908 One per Date AU-BU – Tim Stl
Christian Gobrecht’s Coronet Liberty Half Eagle is among the longest running series of United States coins. This impressive collection features an example of every date for the 70 years this series was in production, and each piece is illustrated. Among the scarcer issues are 1842-O (NGC AU 55), 1855-O and 1860-S (all NGC AU 58), 1862 (NGC MS 60), 1863 (NGC AU 53) and 1862 (NGC AU 55). The collecting of any vintage USA gold series by date is a major undertaking, and this collector’s set is quite an achievement.
Duke Collection of Proof Morgan Dollars – FloridaFacelifter
Owning just a single Gem Proof Morgan Dollar is an enviable achievement, but this collector has acquired each and every issue produced by the US Mint for public sale, as well as the rare 1921 Proofs that were not publicly distributed. All three reverse subtypes of the 1878 Morgan Dollar are presented, including the extremely rare Reverse of 1879 (NGC PF 64+ Cameo). Another highlight is the Proof-only 1895 (PF 68 Ultra Cameo). The very rare Chapman and Zerbe 1921 Proof dollars grade NGC PF 67★ and PF 66+, respectively. Each coin is illustrated, making for a wonderful presentation.
Piastre Coinage 1879-1949 Complete Circulation Issues – Kyriacos G. Nicolaides
This handsome collection features the circulating coins of Cyprus for the period, lacking just a single issue to be complete. Ranging from the bronze 1/4 piastre through the crown-size silver 45 piastres, all of the coins are in high grades for their respective issues. A few of the highlights are 1896 1/2 piastre (NGC MS 63 RB), 1900 1/2 piastre (NGC MS 64 RB), 1882H piastre (NGC MS 65 RB), 1884 piastre (NGC MS 62 RB), 1913 9 piastres (NGC MS 63) and 1913 18 piastres (NGC MS 62). Nearly all of the coins are illustrated, and they make for a very attractive presentation.
The Hyde Park Collection – Complete Australian Sovereign Set 1855-1931 – Zebo
The goal of this collection is clearly stated in its title, and it will include 192 coins when finished. A few 20th Century entries are still lacking, but the coins already in place are in high grades for their respective issues. Each specimen is accompanied by good illustrations and numismatic data. The owner’s introductory text describes the various monarchs represented and also includes profiles of the mints which coined sovereigns for Australia. This collection will be amazing when completed.
The Cherry Tree Collection Complete Washington Quarter Set – erwindoc
The goal of this collection is to obtain every issue in both MS and PF editions from 1932 through 1998. The owner is well along in that quest, though there remains plenty of room for growth. The grades of the coins already secured are quite high, and the photos reveal very pleasing examples. There are many examples of condition rarities. Among these are 1932 (NGC MS 67), 1932-D (NGC MS 65), 1934-D and 1936-D (both NGC MS 67), 1949-D (NGC MS 67★), 1952-S (NGC MS 67+★), 1955-D (NGC MS 67★) and 1962-D (NGC MS 67).
Jack’s Mexican 8 Reales Columnarios of Charles III – jgenn
The owner of this collection went from collecting Mexico City Mint eight reales pieces by type to getting hooked on a complete run of the Charles III Columnarios (pillar dollars) from 1760-71. A nice introductory essay about the coins and the mint officers is included. Of the 35 slots in this set, all but eight have been filled with very nice specimens, and the photos provided are superb. Some of the more memorable entries include 1761Mo MM (NGC MS 62), 1763/2Mo MM (NGC XF 40) and 1770/60Mo FM (NGC AU 50).
03E 1/2 Rupee (1862-1947) Year/Mint – Amit Srivastava
NGC has witnessed a rapidly growing interest in Indian coins, and this splendid set is an excellent reflection of that trend. A nearly complete run of British Indian half rupee pieces from 1862 through 1947, just a very few coins are lacking. This collection is almost entirely in Mint State grades, with many gems included. Standout entries include 1875(B) (NGC MS 63), 1877(C) (NGC MS 65), 1887C (NGC MS 65), 1906B (NGC AU 58) and 1907B (NGC MS 63). The real showstopper is this collector’s rare 1911(C) certified as MS 64. The addition of photos would be beneficial, but this set is still a remarkable achievement.
Hornets Nest Collection – Charlotte Mint Gold – Hornets Nest
The owner’s goal of having a complete collection of coins struck at the Charlotte, North Carolina Mint has been achieved, and it’s an impressive run. Included is every gold dollar, quarter eagle and half eagle from 1838 through the mint’s closure in 1861. Among these are pieces from the famous Eliasberg, Elrod, Pittman and Bass Collections. Memorable gold dollars are 1851-C (NGC MS 66) and 1852-C (NGC MS 65). Top scoring quarter eagles include 1838-C (NGC MS 62+), 1842-C (NGC MS 62) and 1846-C (NGC MS 64). Standout half eagles are 1839-C and 1842-C Small Date (both NGC MS 63).
Jerry’s 20th Century Type Set – tsevni2
Superb quality is the hallmark of this collection, which is already complete for each type of United States regular-issue coin produced during the 20th Century. All of the coins are illustrated, and each entry includes the owner’s commentary as to its quality. Some types are represented by special editions, such as the 1997-P Specimen nickel and the 1996-W Dime. A standout condition rarity is the 1956 Proof cent (NGC PF 69★ RD). Other highlights include the 1916 Barber Dime (NGC MS 67), the 1917 Type 1 Quarter (NGC MS 67 FH), the 1956 Franklin Half (NGC PF 69★ Cameo), the 1904 Coronet Quarter Eagle (NGC MS 67) and the 1923-D Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle (NGC MS 66).
Best Modern Sets
NGC Complete MS and Proof Set and Varieties – PVZ
This collection comprises a complete run of Silver American Eagle coins from 1986 to date. Every one of the coins grade MS or PF 70, and all the variant finishes and set options are included. Presently, just four pieces are lacking—the extreme condition rarity 2012-W Limited Edition and the three 2019-S Enhanced Finish coins, which were not yet available at the awards deadline. Among the most memorable pieces included are the MS strikes of 1990, 1993, 1996 and 1999, all quite rare grading 70, and the highly prized 1995-W (PF 70 Ultra Cameo).
S1R – Circulation Issue – HUMAN COLLECTION
The series of silver one rand coins issued by South Africa since 1965 remains a favorite with collectors, and these coins are presented in their entirety with this collection (the only piece lacking is the non-competitive entry for 1988). The grades are consistently high for each respective issue, and all of the coins are illustrated with nice photos. Highlight pieces include 1965 Afrikaans (NGC MS 64) and 2001 Tourism, 2002 Soccer, 2002 World Summit and 2003 Cricket (all certified as NGC MS 68). The top scorer is a similarly graded example of the 2005 Albert Luthuli issue.
Rick’s Business Clad FT’s – Six Mile Rick
America’s clad coinage does not always get the respect it deserves, but this collection addresses that issue. The owner’s goal is a complete run of Mint State Roosevelt Dimes from 1965 to date, with an emphasis on Full Torch (FT) examples. This assemblage is well along, though some of the rarer entries are still lacking. We look forward to the addition of more photos, but the owner does include commentary on most of the coins. Some of the more outstanding entries are 1981-D (NGC MS 68 FT), 1982-D (NGC MS 67 FT), 1985-D (NGC MS 68 FT), 1987-D (NGC MS 67 FT), 1989-P and 1989-D (both NGC MS 68 FT).
Wiler Gold Rand Cultural Series 1997-Date – adrian123456
As noted in the title, the series of gold one rand coins began in 1997 to honor aspects of South Africa’s culture and history. The collection presented here is absolutely complete through the end of the series 20 years later. All of the coins are Superb Proofs, with nearly all grading NGC PF 70 Ultra Cameo. Each coin is nicely illustrated, and the owner provides their mintage figures for reference. Standout entries are 1998 The San Nation, 2000 Old Coat of Arms, 2001 The Sotho Nation and 2007 The Afrikaner People.
RAPPS KENNEDIES COMPLETE + VARIETIES – David Rappaport
This collection presents a mostly complete run of MS and PF Kennedy Half Dollars, including the many varieties recognized by NGC. Great emphasis has been placed on the condition of the coins, with high grades being the norm. Though more photos would be beneficial, the coins illustrated are a delight. Highlights include 1964 Accented Hair (NGC PF 69 Cameo), 1965 SMS, 1966 and 1967 SMS (all NGC MS 68 Ultra Cameo), 1970-D (NGC MS 67), 1973-S (PF 70 Ultra Cameo), 1982-P No FG (NGC MS 67), 1987-P and 2010-D (both NGC MS 68) and 2014-W Gold High Relief (NGC PF 70 Ultra Cameo).
American Eagles, 1986-Date, Complete – Roberto Zen
Someone really likes the entire series of American Eagle bullion coins, and this collection is nearly complete for all issues in silver, gold, platinum and palladium, both MS and PF strikes. As of 2019 this includes more than 500 coins! The photos, though few in number, are quite excellent. It’s hard to reduce such a vast collection down to its highlights, but here are a few standout entries: 1987 G$25, 1990 G$10, 1991 G$25 and 1994 G$50 (all NGC MS 70), 1995-W S$1 (NGC PF 70 Ultra Cameo), 1998 G$25 and 1999 S$1 (both NGC MS 70).
Birdy’s Britannia G100PND Proof – BIRDSFLY
The United Kingdom’s series of gold 100-pound Britannia coins has been issued annually since 1987, and this complete collection makes for a superb display. Not only is each coin certified in a very high grade, all are accompanied by their mintage figures and unusually excellent photographs. This is truly an encyclopedic treatment of the series. The Registry scores fall into a fairly narrow range, but some of the highlights are 1989, 2002, 2003 and 2016 (all NGC PF 70 Ultra Cameo). The beauty of these coins is a delight to the eye.
jetdow "My King GPF Set A" – jetdow
This collection features the gold coinage of modern Thailand and includes a Gem Proof striking of each issue. The coins are arranged by denomination and date in ascending order from 100 baht through 16,000 baht. Though not yet complete, this set is quite well along, and the quality of the coins is uniformly superb. All are nicely illustrated, a welcome touch, since there are so many different themes. Standout coins include 2000 G250B, 1987 G2500B, 2000 G2500B and 1982 G6000B Queen Sirkits’s Birthday (all NGC PF 70 Ultra Cameo).
Russ 736 1984-Date Panda Medals Complete – Russ 736
Collectors are well acquainted with China’s popular series of Panda coins, but this collection is focused on the many medallic issues in a wide variety of metals. Though still a work in progress, this collection is nevertheless immense, as the complete series comprises nearly 350 entries 1984-2017! Where to begin? Top pieces include 1986 Silver 12oz Hong Kong Expo, 1987 Platinum 1oz New York Expo, 1988 Gold 1oz Basel, 1988 Palladium 1oz New York Expo and 2018S Silver 12oz Santa Clara Expo (all NGC PF 69 Ultra Cameo). The photos, though incomplete, are quite nice.
NGC 5oz Complete Set – fpott
The America the Beautiful series of quarter dollars has been accompanied by a matching series of silver, five-ounce coins in both Mint State and specimen editions. This set is absolutely complete for each entry other than the ones not released before the competition cut-off, and the quality of these coins is outstanding. Top pieces include 2012-P Volcanoes, 2012-P Denali, 2013-P White Mountain and 2013-P Peace Memorial (all certified NGC SP 70). Amazingly, all of the MS coins are certified as NGC MS 69 DPL (Deep Prooflike), a testament to the owner’s determination to seek out quality examples.
Best Presented Sets
Complete Set Walking Liberty 50c and American Eagles – Photos and Interesting Facts – Master of Coinage
As its title reveals, this set includes all of the Walking Liberty Half Dollars 1916-47 and all of the Mint State Silver American Eagles 1986-2018. The first series is comprised of solid collector-grade coins of attractive appearance, with the SAEs being in the higher grades expected of modern pieces. What makes this set so memorable, however, is the owner’s delightful account of one person’s discovery of coin collecting. It is a must-read essay that captures the magic all of we collectors love about the hobby. Each of the coins is nicely illustrated, and the owner’s commentary is quite useful.
DB’s 20th Century Liberty Quarter Eagles – JB’s Gold Country
The "short set" of Coronet Liberty Quarter Eagles includes all of the coins from 1900 through the end of the series in 1907. These dates are delightfully collectible in higher grades, and this set presents gem examples of each entry. The owner has provided photos, and the commentary accompanying each coin reveals a true appreciation of their unique aspects. Easily the standout specimen is the 1902 certified as NGC MS 68! But it is as a cohesive group that these coins possess their greatest charm, and the owner has truly transmitted this.
BDE 20th Century Proofs, No Gold – BlakeEik
This is a type set of all the 20th Century United States coins that were struck in Proof editions, excluding the gold issues. These comprise a surprisingly rich collection, and the owner has completed it save for a single coin. The quality of entries is consistently high, and each specimen is illustrated with the owner’s own photos and accompanied by brief commentary. The introductory essay is worth a read, as it will resonate with veteran collectors in regard to their own quests to establish and achieve specific collecting goals.
Piefort’s Colon Set – Piefort
This set offers a complete run of denominations and dates for the Christobal Colon series of gold coins struck by or for Costa Rica from 1897 to 1928. While initially there were four denominations, only the two colones pieces were struck starting 1915. Each coin is presented with superb photos and commentary. The quality of the coins is outstanding, with all but two being either the finest certified or tied for that honor. Be sure to read the owner’s introductory essay, as it’s extremely informative.
Metcalf’s Sterling Legacy – T S Chase
Celebrating the United Kingdom’s series of one-pound coins struck since 1983, this set features Proofs of both the regular and piedfort editions. Dedicated to the owner’s maternal family heritage, it is still a work in progress, yet what is already present is absolutely wonderful. Each coin is nicely illustrated and accompanied by brief but interesting commentary. Standout entries include 1990 Welsh Leek, 2001 North Ireland, 2006 Egyptian Arch Bridge, 2008 Royal Shield and 2009 Royal Shield (all certified as PF 69 Ultra Cameo).
Best New Sets
Complete 1 oz. G$50 Proof Gold Eagle Set, Mike Castle Signed Labels – PVZ
The Honorable Mike Castle (R-Delaware, retired) is known as the "Coinage Congressman" for introducing several successful coin bills, and this set presents a complete collection of Proof $50 Gold American Eagles 1986-2019 certified by NGC with his signature. Every coin in this set is a superb PF 70 Ultra Cameo, aside from the 2006-W 20th Anniversary Reverse Proof, which is graded Reverse PF 70. The coins are all accompanied by sharp photos. Top scoring entries include 1991-W, 1992-W, 1993-W, 1998-W, 1999-W and 2006-W Reverse Proof.
George V 1 Anna’s – symsym
This collection brings together all of the Indian one anna pieces coined by the Bombay and Calcutta Mints during the reign of Britain’s King George V. It is presently lacking just two entries to be complete, and all but one of these coins is Mint State. Each specimen is accompanied by photographs. Among the highlights are 1914(B) and 1923(B), both grading NGC MS 65, and 1917(B), 1924(B), 1924(C), 1925(C) and 1927(C), all certified as NGC MS 64.
Bondens 20or – Bonden
Comprising a nearly complete run of Sweden’s gold 20 kronor coinage of 1873-1925, lacking just two entries, this collection is an impressive achievement. All of the coins are certified as Mint State, and each specimen is illustrated. Some of the more important specimens include 1876 ST (NGC MS 64), 1884 EB, 1890 EB and 1895 EB (all graded NGC MS 66) and the scarce 1925-W (also NGC MS 66). The real standout condition rarity is 1881 EB certified as NGC MS 65★ PL.
Toneddollars GSA Carson City Hard Pack Set, 1878-1893, Complete – toneddollars
This collector’s goal is to acquire all of the Carson City Morgan Dollars that were sold by the GSA in the distinctive, rigid plastic holders. With the several NGC-recognized varieties, this amounts to a total of 24 entries. While a few pieces are yet lacking, the coins already included are of amazing quality, and many feature superb toning. Highlights of this collection include 1879-CC (NGC MS 65+), 1879-CC VAM-3 (NGC MS 65), 1880-CC VAM-7 Rev of 78 (NGC MS 66+), 1880/79-CC VAM-4 (NGC MS 66★), 1881-CC (NGC MS 65+ DPL) and 1882-CC VAM-2 (NGC MS 67★).
Mikey Siegel’s Kennedy collection, 1964-date, COMPLETE SET – Mikey Siegel’s impeccable collection
As the title suggests, this is a collection of Kennedy Half Dollars that is complete for all MS, SMS, PF and SP editions. Nearly all of the coins are in the highest grades one can expect for their particular issues, and the overall impression of superb quality is plainly evident to anyone viewing these coins. All but a few are nicely illustrated. Standout pieces include 1964 Accented Hair (NGC PF 69 Cameo), 1965 SMS (NGC MS 67 Ultra Cameo), 1966 (NGC MS 67), 1967 SMS (NGC MS 68 Ultra Cameo), 1969-D (NGC MS 67★) and 1971-S (NGC PF 69★ Ultra Cameo).
Best US Custom Set
Toneddollars Morgan – toneddollars
This collector discovered coin collecting in the pre-clad era and then returned to it decades later. A fascination with attractively toned coins has evolved into a passion for Morgan Dollars holdered by the GSA with such toning. This collection includes both "white" and toned pieces from the Carson City Mint, with some duplicates and several varieties, as well. Though not every date is represented, the set is nonetheless wonderful to behold.
Best World Custom Set
Ecuador – Struck by US Mints – coin928
Starting in 1874 the United States began accepting coin orders for other nations, and Ecuador availed itself of this service from 1895-1946. This set features the 28 coins struck at either the Philadelphia or Denver Mints, as well as the two issues struck by the Gorham Manufacturing Company in Providence, RI. The coins are all very attractive pieces, and each entry is well illustrated and described in great detail. Combined with a superb introductory essay, the complete package is an encyclopedia of the series.
Best Ancients Custom Set
The Ancient World Collection – Kohaku
Presenting a superb overview of ancient coinage from the earliest Greek issues through the early Byzantine pieces of the 6th Century AD, this collection of 69 coins offers a wonderful lesson in both history and art. Each specimen is accompanied by excellent photos and extensive commentary. For the more significant cultures, such as that of the Roman Empire, multiple examples are provided to show a broader range of style.
Best Tokens and Medals Custom Set
PonyPuller 1904 World’s Fair / LPE Tokens & Medals – PonyPuller
The Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904, held in St. Louis, was one of the greatest world’s fairs ever undertaken in the United States. It prompted the production of a great many coins, tokens and medals, and these are presented in all their glory within this collection. Included is a complete set of these pieces listed by either Hendershott or Hibler & Kappen. Each specimen is well illustrated and accompanied by complete numismatic information.
Most Creative Custom Set
Social Elitism – coinsandmedals
The goal of this collector is to portray a historical pattern of discrimination against the poor and working classes through neglecting their need for small change coins. Despite plenty of evidence that low value copper pieces were needed, Britain’s Royal Mint seldom attended to this need before the 19th Century. This tale is told through a selection of about two dozen coins spanning 1694-1807. Each entry provides excellent photos and highly detailed commentary about its numismatic aspects and the owner’s experiences with that coin.
Most Informative Custom Set
Passion of Ludwig – Thalermaniac
First, the Ludwig of the title is Ludwig I, King of Bavaria from 1825 until he was forced to abdicate as a consequence of the rebellions that rocked Europe in 1848. The owner of this set reveals that among the king’s many passions was a fascination with the coins bearing his own portrait. These comprise about three dozen specimens, all graded Mint State. Each coin is nicely photographed and accompanied by very detailed commentary that focuses on Ludwig’s character and his role in society as denoted by the events depicted on his coins.
The Collectors’ Journal awards are our chance to highlight the great entries by our members. This area of the NGC Chat Boards is all about collectors sharing their passion for the hobby with each other. We’re proud to give this award to the collectors who have done an outstanding job of journaling throughout the year.
Best in Category
And as always, the NGC Registry honors the #1 set in each category with an icon of recognition next to the set. Winners will also have an option to print a certificate of achievement through their My Account page.
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