I'm really disappointed that @knauman seems to have absconded with the samples and stalled this out. I was really hoping to get a look at the samples to decide what color breakdown to use for my $1s and $20s. I hate making a purchase decision like this with incomplete information.
By coincidence, someone going by the Slack name Kyle Nauman dropped out of an online 18xx game I was in circa four weeks ago (their last move was on May 9 IIRC), so something may have happened in their life. (One of the other players in that game has said it was Kyle's second dropout that he witnessed though.)