NGC Registry Info
The NGC Registry is a community where collectors can showcase their coins and
compete for the best sets. Registry participants can enter coins into US and
World Competitive Sets or Custom Sets.
You’ll find thousands of US and World set types, and it’s easy to get started.
Simply choose a set that interests you and enter your NGC-certified coins. Add photos
and descriptions, set collecting goals and see how your sets stack up against the
competition. Prizes for the best Competitive and Custom Sets are awarded each year
in January. Best of all, it’s free!
To help you decide how you’d like to participate, here are some frequently
What are Competitive Sets?
Competitive Sets are defined by NGC, with available slots for each coin in each
set. Coins are ranked based on relative rarity and grade, and collectors receive
points accordingly. It’s a great way to participate in the Registry, as it
offers friendly competition and establishes collecting goals. It’s also easy
to compare collections and see some outstanding sets.
What are Custom Sets?
Many collectors choose to assemble their own sets in unique ways, as personal expressions
of what they find fascinating about collecting. Custom Sets are ideal for this kind
of collector. You can create Custom Sets through the NGC Collection Manager, and
either share them or keep them private. You define the set’s theme and choose
which coins are eligible.
What coins are eligible for the NGC Registry?
All NGC-certified coins are eligible for the NGC Registry, although there are not
Competitive Sets for every coin. You may request a new Competitive Set by emailing
How are Competitive Sets ranked?
We place a value on each coin, based on the relative rarity of its type, date and
grade, and many additional factors such as population, market value and expert opinion.
A set’s rank is based on the total of the individual scores of all the coins.
A scoring algorithm developed by NGC helps make the sets competitive for everyone,
even collectors with a limited budget.
What are the “All Coins” and “NGC Coins” options under US Sets?
These options allow you to choose how to compete against others in the US
Registry. The option you select affects which coins are counted towards the set
score and rank. If you want to compete against the finest known NGC sets,
choose the “NGC Coins” option. The option you select will be remembered for
future visits and can be changed at any time.
What is the NGC Plus Designation and does it receive a point bonus?
NGC assigns a
to coins that fall at the high end of their assigned grade, approaching the quality
requirements for the next grade. In addition to their superior technical merit,
coins receiving a Plus must have above-average eye appeal. A coin with Plus Designation
is automatically assigned a Registry point premium. Learn more about
NGC Plus Designation.
What is the NGC Star Designation® and does it receive a point bonus?
NGC assigns a
to coins with exceptional eye appeal for their assigned grade. A coin with Star
designation is automatically assigned a Registry point premium. Learn more about
the NGC Star Designation.
Are NGC Details Grade coins weighted the same in the Registry?
No, NGC Details coins earn 50% of the score given to a numerically graded coin of
the same condition. NGC Details Grades include a prefix that indicates wear (UNC,
AU, etc.) and a notation of the detrimental surface condition that prevented NGC
from assigning a numerical grade. Learn more about
NGC Details Grading.
What does an NGC Registry score mean?
When a set is assigned a score in the Registry, the sole purpose of that score is
to provide a standard against which other sets in the Registry can be compared.
A Registry score is not intended to be used as a basis for determining market value,
and Registry scores may be changed from time to time.
What happens when there is a tie?
The NGC Registry will first rank by score and, in the event of a tie, the Registry
will determine which set has the highest percentage of coin images. If the score
and percentage of images is equal between two sets, then the percentage of coin
descriptions will be considered. To break it down, ranking is achieved in this order:
- Set score
- Percentage of coins with images
- Percentage of coins with descriptions
If all of the above items are equal between sets, then sets will be sorted by the
date the rank was achieved (first to achieve it will appear higher), but they will
have the same rank number beside their set.