Hello, just thought I'd stop in and introduce myself. I'm Chriss (westcoin) from the North Dallas area. I'm fairly new to early copper collecting, and have only a few coins so far. My main collecting interest, up until lately, has been Morgan Dollar VAM's and US Two Cent coins by varieties - so EAC is a natural evolution I'd say. I am an ANA Life Member in good standing for over 30 years now, and have attended many Summer Seminars, starting back in 1982 with Q. David Bowers first "All about coins" course.
I've been studying and adding EAC books to my numismatic library first. So far I've got:
American Half Cents -The little half sisters 1st ed. - Roger S. Cohen
American Half Cents -The little half sisters 2nd ed. - Roger S. Cohen
The Half Cent Die State book 1793-1857 - Ronald P. Manley
US Half Cents - Ebanezer Gilbert (reprint)
US Half Cents 1793-1857 - Bowers & Ruddy
Quick Finder guide on US Half Cents - Gregory S. Heim
Encyclopedia of US Half Cents 1793-1857 - Walter Breen
The Early Coins of America - Crosby (Quarterman edition)
Copper Quotes (11th ed.) - Jack H. Robinson
Encyclopedia of US Colonial and proof coins 1793-1909 - Walter Breen
Penny Whimsy - William H. Sheldon (Quarterman reprint)
John Adams 1794 Large Cents - Bowers
Attribution Guide for US Large Cents 1840-1857 - Grellman & Reiver
US Large Cents 1816-1839 - William C. Noyes
US Copper Cents - Howard Newcomb
The CENT Book - John D. Wright
Jack H. Robinson - Auction catalog
Robinson S. Brown Jr. - Auction catalog
R.E. "Ted" Naftzger - Auction catalog
Herman Halpern collection of Large cents - Auction catalog
First United States Mint - Frank H. Stewart
Secret History of the US Mint - Orosz & Augsburger
History of the US Mint and it's coinage - Lange
Missouri Cabinet Collection (hardbound edition) -Goldberg Auctions (on order soon)!
I think I'm going about this the right way - "Buy the book before the coin" as Aaron Feldman used to promote. I do plan on purchasing the rest of the Noye's books from 1793 on. I'm holding off on Walter Breen's Encyclopedia of Early United States Cents as it is available from PCGS online, though someday I will probably add it as well, it seems redundant and out of date compared to other books I already have.
Any other "must have" books or auction catalogs you all think I should acquire? - Please let me know about them! Since my EAC coinage budget is pretty low right now, I figured this is the best way to start off. The next few volumes of the Noye's books will take a while. Then I'd like to acquire a decent 1794 large cent.
I really like half cents, and have a few decent draped busts in my collection, nothing spectacular just common coins up to VF some nice, and some scudzy. My large cent collection is pretty sparse at this time, with only around 10 or so coins all under VF and all pretty common varieties, that will change in the future though.
Anyways nice to be here and hope to be a full EAC member in good standing very soon!
Chriss - westcoin