I know this is an old thread, but I was wondering if you ever got your set done.
Also, are there any books like the one you bought for US coins? I'd like to have something to look at to compare any coins I am trying to figure a grade on.
You're in luck. Do a search on ebay for the ANA Grading Standards Book. This contains images of most of USA's coins in various grades. This book is in fact better than anything on the Australian market.