“I’m not sure about the third edition, but I know that the first one was literally handwritten.
“Two recommendations for you. First, go to http://www.eacs.org and then click on the Books and Resources button on the right side of the homepage.
“You don’t need to be a member of the Early American Coppers organization to use this resource, which has a great set of recommendations on books for early, middle and late date large cents.
“Another idea is to look at the four auction catalogs for the Dan Holmes Collection sold by Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers.
“Visit the firm’s website at www.goldbergcoins.com and click on the Archives button at the far right side at the top of the page.
“On the Archives page, scroll down to find the online catalog and prices realized for each sale beginning with Part 1 Sept. 6, 2009; June 1, 2010; Sept. 19, 2010 and the final sale on Jan. 30, 2011.
“These catalogs have superb pictures of copper coins, and careful descriptions of the various varieties. Call the auction firm toll-free 800-978-2646 to see if there are still catalogs available for sale. If not, consult numismatic literature dealers.
“Of course, the middle and late dates are tough to attribute no matter what kind of great references you have on hand. It sure makes it challenging — but fun when you master it!”