Congratulations to the 2019 PMG Registry Award Winners

Posted on 1/21/2020

The PMG Registry continues to grow and now includes more than 12,000 sets. PMG Registry participants, we thank you for sharing your collections with us and the world!

PMG has recognized the 2019 top collectors and collections in the PMG Registry. Three winners were selected in each of the Best US Set, Best World Set and Best Presented Set categories. In addition, we named one winner in the Overall Achievement in Collecting category. Winners in these major PMG Registry award categories receive a personalized plaque, an icon of recognition next to their PMG Registry set and a $500 PMG grading credit! To learn more about the free PMG Registry, visit

Our judges reviewed the top sets across every category in the PMG Registry. After much consideration, they selected the following sets. Congratulations to our winners!

PMG Overall Achievement Award

Overall Achievement in Collecting


The 2019 Overall Achievement Award goes to MKMITTAL79. With a universal approach to the PMG Registry, MKMITTAL has sets in all available US categories and has expanded into 60 countries across the globe. And the numbers are astounding. MKMITTAL has accumulated over 140 total sets and is ranked in the top three in 84 sets! Of those 84, an incredible 39 are ranked #1! Sitting in at #4 in the overall rankings, MKMITTAL is now one of four to have eclipsed the 1 million point mark, a feat only achieved by the ultimate collector. MKMITTAL also joins a class of collectors who have over 1,000 notes in the registry. And if that wasn't enough, MKMITTAL leads the top class of collectors with an average of 900+ points per note. Additionally, 87% of the sets feature images and 100% include descriptions. MKMITTAL has demonstrated an immense passion for collecting and is a most deserving recipient of our Overall Achievement Award for 2019.

PMG Best Set Award

Best US Sets

Thunderboltgiantpandax - Disney Dollars Complete Set 1987-2014

From Disneyland to Cinderella's Castle, the wonderful world of Disney is on display in the PMG Registry. Holding one of the top US sets from 2019, Thunderboltgiantpandax has taken flight with Peter Pan and company and risen to the top of our Disney Dollar Complete Set category with nearly 100,000 points! And it gets better. Every single note featured in the collection has a grade ranging from 65EPQ to 68EPQ, with only 5% remaining for a complete set! With an astounding volume of quality notes in an increasingly popular market, it is hard to deny the well-deserved attention. Congratulations to Thunderboltgiantpandax for imagineering a fantastic set and being selected as one of our Best US Set Award winners.

High Denom Stars - Small Size $50 Star Set!

The competition among Small Size notes in the PMG Registry is everything but small in size. Every year we have incredible contributions that make the category stand alone. Three of the top five overall sets in the PMG Registry are from the Small Size category, and 15 of the top 25 sets also come from Small Size. This strong competition makes rising to the top extremely difficult and takes tremendous effort. Last year once again saw a lot of activity with standout, High Denom Stars, setting the stage and taking home one of our Best US Set awards.

In the set type of $50 Federal Reserve Note – District Set with Stars and Varieties, High Denom Stars has been working toward a complete set of stars that has everyone on the edge of their seats. The effort is all in for replacements and, with only a few remaining, this set is one to admire. You can do the math: This set is nearly 40% complete and has only star notes. This equates to nearly 80% complete for star notes, a tall task when collecting a high denomination such as the $50 featuring Ulysses S. Grant.

With 227 notes and a lead of over 180,000 points, congratulations to High Denom Stars for being selected as one of our Best US Set Award winners with this amazing set!

Bullmaximus - Consolidated Confederate Collection

There are many sets in the PMG Registry that, simply by size, require incredible efforts to complete. Some become very difficult based on the rarities included alone. In some cases, both are combined, creating a task worthy of the highest respect.

Last year saw one of these pinnacle sets brought to light by the collector named Bullmaximus. In the Confederate States of America – Complete Type Set category, Bullmaximus compiled one of the registry's nicest collections. This set is 95% complete, only missing the extremely rare T-1, T-2 and T-35 notes. It's a spectacular group of Confederate notes that includes images for all to see.

We highly recommend viewing this incredible collection, as its quality has brought it to the top of a highly competitive category. Surpassing past winners and establishing himself as the leader, Bullmaximus now has a winning margin of 10,000+ points.

We are proud to congratulate Bullmaximus as one of our Best US Set Award winners for 2019.

Best World Sets

Kenneth Carnahan - Bank of Canada, With Replacements 1935-Date, BC1-Date

As interest in the PMG World Registry heats up, Canada continues to be very popular. Canada has seen many areas gain strength, and one area in particular that has been competitive in the registry is the Bank of Canada 1935-Date.

Kenneth Canahan has been hard at work compiling issued and replacement notes for the Bank of Canada collection with replacements. Included in the set are the rare and sought-after 1935 series $20 and $25, each graded VF25. Also included are a $2 and $5 from 1935 respectively graded VF30 and VF35 EPQ. This set stands alone among Bank of Canada collectors and registry competitors alike.

Kenneth Carnahan is taking the category to new levels, and 2020 should produce a lot of activity among collectors as a result. Look for the battle in the north to continue, and congratulations to Kenneth for being selected as one of PMG's Best World Set Award winners of 2019.

Thomas Parke D'Invilliers - Fitzgerald's Post First Series CNY – Main Set

When you take a look at how popular collecting paper money in China has become over the last decade, it is clear there is a growing demand for high-quality banknotes. When searching the PMG registry for this high-quality material, look no further than Thomas Parke D'Invilliers' People's Bank of China, People's Republic, 1953-Date P860-Date Complete set.

The set includes grades that will give anyone a doubletake. The first place to look is the 1953 10 Yuan note. Thomas' example is an astounding 65 EPQ! A top-population note and one of the most challenging grades in any category, this is only the tip of the iceberg for this amazing group. Every other note is graded at 67EPQ and higher with 38 grading in at 69 EPQ! With 75% of the set completed, many of these notes have images for the community to enjoy.

Congratulations to Thomas Parke D'Invilliers for the fantastic Fitzgerald's Post First Series CNY – Main Set and being selected as one of 2019's Best World Set Award winners.

Steve Desouza - India Complete, 1917-Date, P1-Date

Another active and demanding area of collecting found in the PMG World Registry is India. With many issues gaining steam in the market and collecting community, it is easy to see why so many collectors are becoming interested and entering the PMG World Registry. The increasing competitiveness is on display in the category of India Complete, 1917-Date, P1-Date, and this year Steve Desouza separated himself from the group by completing 96% of the set.

This effort gives Steve nearly 75,000 points and a lead going into the 2020 season. With a hot market and increasing activity, look for Steve Desouza to continue to make his mark in the PMG World Registry.

Congratulations, Steve, on a fantastic effort and for joining our group of 2019 Best World Set Award winners.

Best Presented Sets

Ian Yan - People's Bank of China, People's Republic, 1953-Date, P860-Date, Complete

Another set that gained some attention both in the PMG World Registry and categories in China was Ian Yan's People's Bank of China People's Republic, 1953-Date, P860-Date, Complete set. This set ranks third in a highly competitive category with many notes graded 68 and 69. And with a 1960 5 Yuan graded 69 EPQ★, it is clear Ian is after high-quality notes. This set combines quality with presentation and includes over 50 images and descriptions, taking full advantage of the PMG Registry's features.

Congratulations to Ian Yan, one of our Best Presented Sets of 2019.

RedWolfWhiteEagle - Japan Complete, 1872-Date, P1-Date

Banknotes from Asia have a rich history and are some of the most desirable items in currency collecting today. The PMG World Registry has seen some fantastic groups and displays, and this year RedWolfWhiteEagle joins the class with the Japan Complete, 1872-Date, P1-Date set.

Receiving one of our Best Presented Sets awards, this is a set of 40 beautiful Japanese notes with images and extensive descriptions for collectors to enjoy. The set also ranks second in the category, with most grades Superb Gem and 67 EPQ and higher.

Congratulations to RedWolfWhiteEagle for being selected as one of our Best Presented Sets of 2019.

Fadi Dalileh - UAE Complete, Including Varieties, 1973-Date, P1-Date

When collectors are able to maximize the PMG registry and incorporate both high-quality notes with images and descriptions, it brings a whole new look and flavor to collecting. Last year produced many sets with exceptional presentation, and Fadi Dalileh stood among the top sets with UAE Complete, Including Varieties, 1973-Date, P1-Date set.

In an increasingly popular category, Fadi Dalileh shows collecting passion with a set that includes over 60 images and descriptions. With 75% of the notes grading superb gem and higher, the set also sits in 2nd place competitively for the category. As the United Arab Emirates continues to grow, so will the competition. Look for Fadi Dalileh to lead the charge in 2020.

Congratulations on being selected as one of our recipients for the Best Presented Sets Award.

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