The CENT Book was released at the 25th anniversary
convention of Early American Coppers (EAC) on 3-5 April,
1992. This is the first new standard reference work on
varieties of U.S. cents of 1816-1839 in over fifty years.
The author, John D. Wright of Saint Joseph, Michigan, has
collected this series for over forty years, and has written
many numismatic articles over the past thirty years. He
has been a frequent exhibitor and speaker on various large
cent topics at local, state, regional, and national club,
EAC, and ANA conventions over the last twenty-five years.
His "Study on Overdated U.S. Large Cents" won the silver
Heath literary award in 1969. He authored the large cent
section of the popular 'Red Book' (A Guidebook of U.S. Coins,
Whitman) in 1979, and the chapter "It Makes Cents" in
Perspectives in Numismatics in 1986. He was a member of the
original ANA Grading Board, and was a consultant to ANACS
for over a decade for authentication and grading of early
U.S. copper. He has been a leader of EAC and a Contributing
Editor for Penny-Wise since 1968, and a member of Numismatic
Literary Guild (NLG) since 1981. The CENT Book has been
in active preparation for twenty years. It was chosen by
NLG as "Best U.S. Coin Book of 1992".
This is the first work ever to cover this series in a manner
well suited to both the beginner and the advanced collector.
The author photographed coins from several prominent
collections to provide almost 500 three-inch-diameter
photographs showing excellent examples of every known
variety of the series, and another 400 photographs in the
lifesize die-chains in the back of the book.
The CENT Book includes an extensive glossary, discussions of
several topics of interest to copper collectors, and a
complete rarity table. The discussion of each year puts
these coins into the context of their times in a very
entertaining manner. The presentation of each of the 246
varieties of 1816-1839 cents includes a complete description
of each die, striking variations and die states, and an
individual variety discussion including rarity, known
population by grade, discovery and known history of the
rarer varieties, and a general idea of expected prices. By
using this book, a single cherrypick could repay the cost of
the book and more. And a careful reading could seriously
infect the reader with "the cent disease".
The CENT Book has compressed into 400 8.5x11" pages over
forty years of in-depth experience by one of the best-known
authorities on this fascinating series, and admirably shows
the author's infectious love for the old coppers. It is
available for $120 plus $5 for shipping from the author:
John D Wright
1468 Timberlane Drive
St. Joseph, MI, 49085
SPECIAL DEAL: Mention "LargeCents.net" in your order and take 10%
off ($112.50 postpaid).
Personal checks or Money Orders only.
"Best US Coin Book of 1992"
-- Numismatic Literary Guild
"This is *THE* book on the subject"
-- Money Tree
"John didn't leave out a thing"
-- Warren Lapp
"Your book is beautiful! I congratulate you on the content"
-- Herb Silberman
"I especially like the historical notes"
-- Tom DeLorey
"The CENT Book is fantastic! The year-by-year history
is a very nice touch and keeps you reading"
-- Tony Carlotto
"It's all I'd dreamed it could be and more"
-- Mark Klein
"I have Adams, Breen, Grellman, Newcomb, Noyes, and
Sheldon, but The CENT Book is the best"
-- Rich Striley
"The pictures are so sharp they make attributing
an absolute pleasure"
-- Jules Reiver
"If you want to KNOW large cents, get The CENT Book.
If you want to ENJOY them, same book"
-- Alan Corson