http://www.ngccoin.com/news/viewart...cS1&spJobID=55769093&spReportId=NTU3NjkwOTMS1 Every year, NGC awards the top Competitive Sets and Custom Sets in the NGC Registry. To qualify, your sets must be registered by 5 p.m. EST on Dec. 3, 2012. Winners will be announced Jan. 11, 2013. As in past years, the winners will include world-class collections and incredible exhibitions. Make sure yours are among them, and see if your collection has what it takes! This year, awards are being presented in the following categories: Competitive Set Awards Awards will be presented in the following four categories: The FIVE Best CLASSIC Sets: 1792-1964 The FIVE Best MODERN Sets: 1950 to date (including Jefferson Nickels and Roosevelt Dimes) The FIVE Best PRESENTED Sets: Sets with the best descriptive text and coin images The FIVE Best WORLD Sets Custom Set Awards Awards will be presented in the following four categories: The Best Overall Custom Set The Best World Custom Set The Most Creative Custom Set The Most Informative Custom Set Take the honors in one of these categories, and you'll receive a personalized plaque, an icon of recognition next to your set's registry listing and up to five Deluxe PHOTO PROOFS or five NGC Photo Vision presentations of NGC coins from your winning set. To participate, just enter your set online in the NGC Registry. Sets must be at least 50% complete to be eligible for the award categories above. Collectors Journal Awards Additionally, we will award three outstanding Collectors Journal authors. We will consider an author's complete collection of journal entries in determining the winners. Journals entries will be judged on writing talent, creativity, enthusiasm, numismatic knowledge and, most importantly, the sharing of a personal sense of the collecting journey. The winning authors will receive a personalized plaque and an icon of recognition on their homepages. Also, collectors with the #1 set in each category will receive an icon of recognition by his / her set in the Registry and a certificate of achievement. The deadline for set registration and journal entries is 5 p.m. ET on December 3, 2012. Winners will be announced on January 11, 2013. *** --- *** Congratulations to Panda Halves for coming third in the Best Presented Set category in 2011 with his "Gold 1/2 Ounce Panda, 1982-2011, Mint State and Proof". http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/Coins/awards/WinningSets.aspx?AwardYearID=35 Judge's Comments: China's series of Panda bullion coins is so extensive that this collector has opted to on all the gold half-ounce issues alone, including both proof and uncirculated issues. This complete collection from 1982 through 2011 is fully illustrated and includes an extensive introductory essay. The owner describes in some detail the appeal and rarity of the gold half-ounce series and provides a number of reasons why these coins make a worthy collection in and of themselves. This is an interesting and complete tutorial which epitomizes the mission of the NGC Registry to educate collectors and draw them into the collecting experience. *** --- *** Amazing collection. Go here to see the details: http://coins.www.collectors-society.com/registry/Coins/awards/WinningSetDetail.aspx?AwardSetID=25203 His description of some of the Panda years is an enjoyable read. E.g. 1/2oz Gold 1982 Panda A quality 1982 Panda is a good place to start for the panda collecting enthusiast. I happened to have a coin I bought at auction that graded for MS68. I met someone who wanted a set of other coins I owned and who had a 1982 graded at MS69. I traded him the coins he wanted and my MS68 for the MS69. The deal really worked out. Many gem examples have minute flaws such as bag marks or scuffs from the original plastic. My original MS68 coin was still sealed in the plastic but the seal was too tight and created marks on the frosty luster around the rims. Companies like NCS/NGC are great because they take valuable coins out of hostile environments and preserve them. Those original soft plastic pouches are not the greatest protection for a panda investment. 1982 pandas come at a premium but this premium is less than some of the rarer dates in the 1990s. The first date continues to be a good investment. The 1982 panda fields vary widely and can have a fantastic frosty luster or a deep mirror finish. There are still several on the open market so it is wise to shop around. 1982 Panda Face Value: N/A (government declared 50Y legal tender) Coin Weight: 1/2oz Content: .999gold Diameter: 27mm Quality: Mint State Mintage Authorized: 13,300 Mintage Actual: 13,391 MS69: 1 of 113 NONE HIGHER Panda Fact: The Chinese word for panda is xingmao which translates in English to "Bear Cat." *** --- *** Anyone intending to win this years NGC Registry Awards 2012? Best wishes to all entrants.