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What is the NGC Registry?

The NGC Registry is a free online platform where collectors can register and display their NGC-certified coins and compete against other collectors around the world for recognition and prizes. The NGC Registry helps you organize your collection, learn more about coins and interact with other collectors.

It's easy to get started. Simply choose a set that interests you, enter your NGC-certified coins and add photos and descriptions. The best sets are awarded prizes and recognitions in January.

What is a certification number?

The NGC certification number consists of six or seven digits followed by a dash and three more digits. For example, 123456-001. When entering an NGC-certified coin into the NGC Registry you must enter the complete certification number.

When adding coins from an NGC Multi-Coin Holder to the NGC Registry, you must enter the individual certification numbers for each coin in the set. The certification number on the multi-coin holder represents the coins as they appear in the holder from left to right. For example, if the certification number on the holder is 1234567(001-003), the certification numbers you would enter for these coins would be, from left to right, 1234567-001, 1234567-002 and 1234567-003.

What are Competitive Sets?

Competitive Sets have slots defined by NGC for different coins based on common collecting goals. For example, a Washington Quarters Competitive Set may have one slot for each date and mintmark combination issued since 1932. Each slot is given a score based on the coin's rarity and grade. These scores are added up to assign an overall set score and rank your set against others'.

Competitive Sets are a great way to establish collecting goals, compare your set to others and see some of the world's best collections.

What are Custom Sets?

Many collectors build sets in unique ways as personal expressions of what they find fascinating about collecting. Custom Sets are ideal for this kind of collector or collection. When you create a Custom Set, you define the set's theme and which coins are eligible. You can either share the set with others or keep it private.

Note: Custom Sets are not yet available in the new NGC Registry and will continue to be on until this work is completed.

What coins are eligible for the NGC Registry?

All NGC-certified coins are eligible for the NGC Registry. Coins certified by PCGS are eligible for most US coin Competitive Sets as well as Custom Sets. There may not be Competitive Sets for every coin, however. If you would like to request a new Competitive Set type, you can request it by emailing

Note: The NGC Registry is not endorsed by or associated with PCGS. PCGS is a registered trademark of Collectors Universe, Inc.

How are the NGC Registry scores calculated?

The NGC Registry assigns a score to each coin in a competitive set based on the relative rarity of the coin's type, date and grade, its market value and NGC's expert opinion. An algorithm carefully designed by NGC weighs these factors to calculate the NGC Registry score for each coin and grade.

When a competitive set is ranked in the NGC Registry, its rank is calculated based on the total of the individual scores of all the coins in the set.

How are Competitive Sets ranked?

The NGC Registry assigns a point score to each coin based on the relative rarity of its type, date and grade as well as many other factors, including its certified population and market value. A set's rank is based on the total of the individual scores of all the coins registered to it. A scoring algorithm developed by NGC helps make the sets competitive for everyone - even collectors with a limited budget.

What does an NGC Registry score mean in Competitive Sets?

Competitive Set scores allow sets to be compared within the same category or in the NGC Registry overall. An NGC Registry score is not intended to be used as a basis for determining market value, and NGC Registry scores may be changed from time to time.

What happens when there is a tie in Competitive Sets?

Competitive Sets are first ranked according to the set's score. If two or more sets have the same score, Competitive Sets will break the tie by ranking the sets based on the percentage of NGC-certified coins in the set. If two or more sets have the same score and the same percentage of NGC-certified coins, then the tie will be broken based on the percentage of coins with images. If two or more sets have the same score, same percentage of NGC-certified coins and the same percentage of coins with images, then the tie will be broken based on the percentage of coins with descriptions.

To summarize, ranking is achieved by considering the following, in order:

  1. Set score
  2. Percentage of NGC-certified coins
  3. Percentage of coins with images
  4. 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.

What is "Autobuild Set" and how does it work?

Autobuild Set makes it easier than ever to build the best set, improve your ranking and compete for NGC Registry awards. If you're new to the NGC Registry, it's the fastest way to get the coins you've added into a set. If you already have an NGC Registry set, Autobuild Set helps to make sure it’s receiving as many points as possible.

How it works
  1. Create a set, or go to an existing set, and click the green “Autobuild Set” button.
  2. Each slot is filled with your highest-scoring available coin for that slot.
  3. Lower-scoring coins are removed from each slot, if applicable. Removed coins can be found in your coin list when Autobuild Set is complete.

Note: If no opportunities to improve your set score are found, the set will not be updated.

Other details
  1. Coins can only compete once per set category. If a coin is already saved in a different set of the same set category, Autobuild Set will ignore it.
  2. PCGS-certified coins must be approved by an admin before Autobuild Set can add them to a set.
  3. Autobuild Set cannot fill coins that appear only in Collection Manager. If the coin is not in your coin list, Autobuild Set can’t add it to a set.
  4. Certain set categories have multiple slots that can accept the same coin. In this case, Autobuild Set will add the coin to the first slot where it will receive the highest score, but only if adding the coin will increase the total set score.
  5. In rare cases, Autobuild Set may not be able to add a coin that belongs in the set due to an error. If you believe your coin should have been added, please contact the NGC Registry at or 1-800-NGC-COIN.

What is the NGC Plus Designation and does it receive a point bonus in Competitive Sets?

NGC assigns a Plus () Designation 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 in Competitive Sets?

NGC assigns a Star () Designation to coins with exceptional eye appeal for their assigned grade. A coin with a Star designation is automatically assigned a Registry point premium. Learn more about the NGC Star Designation >

What are NGC Details-graded coins and are they scored differently in Competitive Sets?

NGC Details grades are assigned to coins with surface conditions (such as improper cleaning or scratches) that preclude numeric grading by NGC.

NGC Details-graded coins earn 50% of the score given to a numerically graded coin with the same adjectival prefix. For example, an NGC AU Details-graded coin will receive 50% of the score given to a coin graded NGC AU 50. Learn more about NGC Details Grading >

How long will it take for my coin to appear in my set?

NGC certification numbers will appear automatically and immediately once you add them to your set except for rare cases where an error occurs. If there is an error, the system will send an error message to an administrator, who will research and resolve the error.

What happens if I register a coin that is already registered to another member?

When a coin entered in the NGC Registry is already registered to another member, an email is automatically sent to the member who originally registered the coin to request that they release it from their set. The entry remains pending until the original member either confirms or denies the release. If the original member does not respond within three business days, the coin will automatically be registered to the new member and an email will be sent to both parties confirming the transfer.

What does "Obscure Set" mean in Competitive Sets?

If you choose to obscure your set in Competitive Sets, the details of your set will not be displayed for others to view. The set name will still appear in the set list but the coins within the set and any descriptions or images that you have added will not be publicly displayed.

Obscured sets will not be considered for awards. If an owner of an obscured set wishes to compete for awards and have the rank of their set displayed, they must change their set from obscured to public by Oct. 1 of each award cycle.

Who do I contact if I have an NGC Registry question or suggestion?

You can call +1 800-NGC-COIN (642-2646) or +1 941-360-3990 and ask for the NGC Registry department, or you can email

Where do I request new NGC Registry Competitive Sets?

You can request new NGC Registry Competitive Sets in the NGC Registry forum on the NGC Chat Boards.

Go to the Chat Boards >

Still not finding an answer? Contact NGC Customer Service at 1-800-NGC-COIN, 1-941-360-3990 or

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