1785 Connecticut Copper. Miller 4.1-F.4, W-2355. Rarity-1. Mailed Bust Right, African Head. EF-45 (PCGS).141.4 grains. This coin served as the Red Book Plate Coin for the 1979 through 1981 dated editions, a notable achievement as generally only superior examples are selected to illustrate the significant types for the generalist audience that is served by this reference. It also serves as a Clark Reverse Plate Coin. Rich chocolate brown and glossy surfaces on the obverse deepen a shade to dark chestnut on the reverse on this coin that is at once intensely glossy and subtly granular, a not unusual circumstance for the generally well made, if crudely designed African Head coppers. Obverse shows near perfect centering, while the reverse is aligned toward the left, bringing the tops of INDE in near contact with the rim. Very sharp and about as completely struck as one could hope for on an African Head, this coin was selected by Robert for its simple, glossy beauty and ideal representation of this iconic type in the Connecticut series.From the Robert M. Martin Collection. Ex Bowers’ Rare Coin Review #12, September 1971; Kagin’s 332nd Sale, February 2, 1984, lot 1009.