1785 Connecticut Copper. Miller 3.3-F.3, W-2335. Rarity-4. Mailed Bust Right. AU-55 (PCGS).158.8 grains. A Clark Obverse and Reverse Plate Coin. A superb coin for a Connecticut copper, the original mint gloss that is the mark of a high grade Confederation era copper is still intact on both sides; the fields are frosty and lustrous and light in color where the original mint red was last to fade, while the right obverse rim and a broader swath of the reverse is darker brown. Well centered and well struck on a choice flan that is absent any planchet flaws but a slight crinkle is noted at the rims below the truncation of the bust and above the reverse figure’s head. Far superior to the Taylor, Collection SLT, and Newman pieces, nicer than Oechsner and Perkins and finer than Ford 9, lot 205, and just a hair’s breadth away from the finer 1976 ANA Sale coin. The Roper-Twin Leaf coin is sharper, though a bit darker and with some minor areas of planchet roughness that is absent on this coin that has been off the market for more than four decades. Called “High Condition Census” on Robert’s envelope, this is one of the prettiest of his 1785s and is undoubtedly one of the top survivors of this die marriage even today. It will feel welcome in a Red Book type set, high grade die variety set, or top Registry Set collection.From the Robert M. Martin Collection. Acquired from Norman Pullen on January 15, 1978 in a private transaction.