GreatCollections to start auctioning Original Mint Sets Certified by ANACS/OSV
Ian Russell on Sun, Oct 30, 2016 10:38:00 AM
ANACS has recently produced a special holder to encapsulate U.S. Mint sets from the 1940s and 1950s, while another firm, Original Set Verification (OSV) has been established to verify sets that are totally original.
The vast majority of U.S. Mint sets from 1947 through 1958 have been destroyed or the coins have been sold individually. It was routine in 1979-1980 to break the sets to melt the silver coins. Then there was the explosive demand for Franklin Half Dollars, as well as the Full Bell Line designation, which further reduced the available U.S. Mint sets left intact.
Original Set Verification (OSV) was established to verify those sets, which are still totally original. OSV has established a working relationship with ANACS to verify and certify the sets. Housed in sealed plastic holders about the same size as the original cardboard holders, the sets are graded by ANACS. Although the individual grades may be found on the ANACS website, there is a "composite grade" for each board based on the various denominations having different weights in the grade. Additionally, FBL, Full Red, Full Steps, and Full Bands add to the composite as well.
OSV has no input on the grading of the coins and ANACS has no input on the original designation for the sets. ANACS will soon be featuring a Registry program on their site for these sets where collectors can compete to have the finest complete set available.View the ANACS/OSV sets at GreatCollections