I collect coins. I organize my entire coin hoard into smaller collections. One of these smaller collections I’ve mentioned here before, I call it The Symphony Set, and it is a collection of coins from all over the world which depict musical instruments, composers, or performers in their designs.
I belong to the NGC Collectors Society. In short, NGC professionally appraises rare coins, and encapsulates them into sonically sealed cases with embedded bar codes so collectors, buyers, and sellers, can catalog their coins. With any mobile device you can scan the embedded barcode and get instant information on that coin’s history and its value from NGC’s online database.
They also host many coin shows across the US, and online, featuring NGC registered collections. I’ve registered my Symphony Set with NGC. I’ve had it appraised and photographed and cataloged.
Each year NGC hosts an awards event where they give out plaques for various best in show collections. Awards are given based on the overall value and condition of a collection, any historical research attached to a collection, the difficulty in completing a certain set, etc.
And last week, my Symphony Set won the “Most Creative Set of the Year” award!
I should be receiving my plaque in the mail shortly. And they published all of the winners names in the current issue of Coin World magazine. For numismatists, it’s kind of a big deal.
Here’s the blurb NGC published re: my Symphony Set:
The theme of this collection is coins, medals and tokens relating to music in any way. The owner was drawn to this theme from a life-long love of music and his career as the owner of an independent recording label. Right now there are just six entries, and he describes the set as a work in progress. None of these are USA issues as yet (suggestion — the 2002 Tennessee quarter with its three musical instruments and sheet music), but there are splendid, high grade pieces to enjoy. Each is accompanied by excellent photos and informative text.
Here is the online gallery of my (I can now say it) award-winning Symphony Set collection, if you’d like to see it (click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pics)…
My Nerd Points™ have never been higher.