1785 Connecticut Copper. Miller 7.1-D, W-2440. Rarity-4+. Mailed Bust Left. EF Details--Cleaned (PCGS).139.0 grains. A Clark Reverse Plate Coin. As a hubbed obverse, 7.1 is technically interesting as it represents a transition from the hand cut, often reworked dies of 1785 to the introduction of the hubbing process to simplify and streamline die production; the central obverse effigy is identical to that used on the 1786 Mailed Bust Left series, the similitude achieved through hubbing. Dark steely brown and quite glossy on both sides, with hints of coppery toning in the recesses and some light hairlines that come into view when turned in the light. Obverse struck a bit off-center toward 7 o’clock and exhibiting the usually seen advanced failure in the form of the sunken die that has created an elevated plateau at the central obverse, creating prematurely advanced wear to that side and making grading difficult. The reverse die is in a challenged state as well, exhibiting intense spalling around Liberty’s head and in left field; what is so remarkable about this particular example is that it appears to be the most sharply defined example known, sporting better definition than even the superior quality Taylor and Garrett examples. Between the sharpness and lack of wear, it is no wonder that Robert considered this example “among the finest known, ” an assessment with which we have to agree after a survey of the auction records he compiled as well as more recent appearances such as the earlier die state example sold as part of the Twin Leaf Collection in these sale rooms back in March 2019.From the Robert M. Martin Collection. Provenance not recorded.