(Newport Beach, California) – The finest collection of $10 Indian Head gold pieces (1907 – 1933) in the PCGS Set RegistrySM, assembled by Los Angeles collector John Kutasi, were exhibited in public for the first time at the February 2006 Long Beach, California Coin, Stamp & Collectibles Expo. The display will be featured during the show at the Professional Coin Grading Service booth (#807).

“The Saint Gaudens $10 Indians are a work of art and my favorite series. I never thought I would own a complete set and didn’t start building this set until January 2004,” said Kutasi who values the collection “north of $3.5 million, but current values do not truly reflect the rarity of this series.”

The set is listed by PCGS as “the number one finest set of all time” of Indian Head $10 denomination circulation strikes. The set’s weighted grade point average is 65.73 compared to a possible highest average of 66.52 of all finest known specimens.

“John Kutasi built a phenomenal collection of 20th century U.S. gold coins, particularly $10 Indians and $20 Saint-Gaudens Double Eagles, in just a few short years,” said Ron Guth, President of PCGS, a division of Collectors Universe, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCT).

“Many collectors spend a lifetime trying to reach the goals that John has attained. It’s not just about money, either. John built his collection through drive, determination, and the willingness to solicit the help of knowledgeable dealers who had access to coins that might not otherwise have become available. His success is proof that nothing can stand in the way of a determined collector.”

According to BJ Searls, Manager of the PCGS Set RegistrySM, Kutasi’s complete collection of Indian Head Eagles contains 13 coins that are either the finest known or tied for finest known examples. Highlights of the collection and the upcoming exhibit include:

  • 1907 Wire Edge, PCGS MS66
  • 1907 Rolled Edge, PCGS MS67
  • 1907 No Motto, PCGS MS67
  • 1909-S, PCGS MS67
  • 1911-D, PCGS MS65
  • 1913-S, PCGS MS66
  • 1920-S, PCGS MS66
  • 1933, PCGS MS65

Kutasi’s collection has been photographed through the new PCGS TrueViewSM Photo Service that provides collectors and dealers with high-resolution digital images of the coins they submit to PCGS.

Here is a link to the PCGS Set RegistrySM listing of The Kutasi Collection of Indian Head $10 Circulation Strikes:http://www.pcgs.com/new_set_registry/display_coins.chtml?regsetid=14379&rank=1&alltime=yes

The Long Beach Expo www.LongBeachShow.com will be held Thursday through Saturday, February 9 – 11, 2006, in the Long Beach, California Convention Center, 100 S. Pine Ave. ###

For immediate release January 3, 2006