Thanks for the very kind words. I was a labor of love. I bought my first large cent specimen, an 1858, in 1981 from Chuck Moore. I left the hobby for twenty years (kids, mortgages, etc.) and didn't buy another specimen until 2007, when I bought an 1859 from Mike Walsh.
That one got me hooked. I decided to try to finish the PCGS
registry set of large cent specimens. Over the next several years, I found most of them, but was lacking the really rare ones. I approached a dealer to help me finish the set, who promptly told me "you won't live long enough." He did help me and I was lucky. The Beckman collection of specimens sold in 2015, Cornerstone and Cook in 2019, a once in a lifetime convergence of specimen coins on the market. I finished the set last year.
Over the past thirteen years or so, as I usually do in my collecting areas, I tried to learn everything I could about large cent specimens. I quickly realized that they were very much misunderstood by numismatists and collectors. Since I had done the work and the acquired the knowledge, I decided to write it down. I have seen too many collectors and dealers spend a lifetime learning about their specialty area and then take that information to their graves without ever sharing it.
It was my great pleasure to donate the book to the RCNA
. They are a worthy organization that, like most non-profits today, struggles for operating funds. If you buy the book, all the money goes to them. For those that do buy it, I really hope you enjoy it. Personally, I think the pictures of these magnificent coins alone are worth it.