The Elise Collection
Of all the modern commemorative silver coin sets that a registry set collector could pursue, this is perhaps the most exhaustive. With over 350 coins in this set, attempting to build a perfect PF70 set may become a lifetime endeavor. I would suggest that anyone who is seriously considering building a high ranking set, put aside a lot of time, patience and resources when doing so.
As far as collecting is concerned, this set is my life's work. I have spent a few hours, everyday, for the past 13 years constructing this set. Often, this would include researching coins, building relationships, relying on contacts, examining and rejecting dozens of coins prior to grading, attending shows, and chasing leads to find some of the rarest coins. It has truly been a feat to put this set together, and it would not have been possible without the assistance of several major collectors who have contributed significantly to this set: The Dan Hughes Collection, Martens Collection, Cook Collection, The Mayer Collection, Gatewest Coins, Charleston Coin, John Zabecki, The Rochester Collection, Colonial Acres Coins, Modern Coin Mart, NGC and their wonderful and helpful staff, Liberty Coin, Bob Johnson, Teletrade, Ian Russell and Robert Giansoldati to name a few. I still have a few slots to fill in this set, and I intend to continue to upgrade to perfection, but the bulk of the heavy lifting has been done already.
There are many very difficult coins to acquire in this set. The 1985-1988 Olympic plain edge coins and the 2009 Goalie mask
coins are by far the rarest. Seldomly made available, acquiring these coins in top grade has become exceedingly difficult, and I am often forced to wait for years for one to turn up. I have been lucky to obtain a few PF70 examples of these rarities, while others continue to elude me. From 2013-2016, the Royal Canadian Mint really began to ramp up the annual production of coins that fit this set. Dozens of high quality and interesting coins were minted annually, and with that increased mintage, the coins became more expensive as the designs became more intricate. In many ways, this set led the way in coin design and began pushing the limits of what a coin looks like. A good example of this is the 2016 maze coin, which has a small bearing and a maze included on the surface of the coin. I have attempted to image each coin listed in this set, and also add the pedigree or provenance of each coin that has been added to this set.
I hope you enjoy this collection, it has been the greatest coin project of my lifetime and I am proud to showcase them for all to see. I hope that this collection may serve as a reference to those collectors who seek to also build a set similar to this one. I dedicate this set to my beautiful daughter, Elise.
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In the description box for each coin, you will find the pedigree of the coin and the date the coin was added to the Augustus Collection. All coins certified by the Augustus collection are labelled as such.
Pedigree = Former Collections that owned this particular example
Date = dd/mm/yyyy - Date this particular example was acquired by the Augustus Collection.
TIME REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THIS SET IN PF70 GRADE: 13 years.
FIRST COIN PURCHASED ON: January 14, 2007
LAST COIN PURCHASED ON: April 27, 2020
APPROX. COST TO COMPLETE SET: $194,998.00
(cost includes unsold PF67,PF68 and PF69 coins that are not included in the registry set and unsold raw coins that were culled prior to grading).Read more...