Doug Bird received a B.A. in industrial relations from Loyola University of Los Angeles and held management positions with several major corporations. Enjoying coin collecting from an early age, he joined Early American Coppers (EAC) in 1975, started Douglas F. Bird, Inc in 1986 and began specializing in U.S. colonials, half cents and large cents. Doug is a 25 year member of the ANA and the 1992 recipient of the Professional Numismatic Guild's Sol Kaplan Award. He co-teaches the Early American Coppers class at the American Numismatic Association's Summer Seminar as well as sponsoring the Early American Copper Coin Project for the ANA.