1786 Connecticut Copper. Miller 2.1-D.3, W-2470. Rarity-7-. Mailed Bust Right, Round Head. VF-20 (PCGS).120.6 grains. Light golden brown overall, with deeper chocolate brown tones in the fields on both sides. A distinctive set of incusations blends into the forehead of obverse effigy, and the surfaces are microscopically granular but not fatally so, and given the enduring rarity of this piece, a little surface texture can be overlooked. The D.3 reverse was unknown to Hall but the 2.1-D.3 combination was listed by Miller in 1920 and called “R6” at the time, with as few as 4 specimens known as recently as the 1970s, as witnessed by the enumeration of specimens in the 1975 EAC Sale. Today called R-7-, with at least one specimen impounded in an institutional collection (ANS), the time that elapses between sales of different specimens can be lengthy. Most of the known specimens traded at auction in the 1970s and 1980s, but have not yet reappeared at public auction. Since our sale of the rough VF Perkins specimen for $13, 800 in 2008, we have had the opportunity of offering only one other specimen, an NGC VF-20 coin that is actually much sharper but very granular, in Stack’s July 2009 auction ($17, 250) and again as part of the Anderson-Gleckler Collection of Connecticut Coppers in our November 2016 Baltimore auction ($17, 625). New specimens are not often found, a noteworthy factor that should be strongly considered given the ease with which this distinctive die marriage can be attributed; in fact, the most recent new example we are aware of was discovered on eBay in 2008 and is now in a very advanced collection of Connecticuts. Notably missing from many prominent collections, such as Oechsner, Boyd-Ford, SLT, and Twin Leaf, this example displays condition census sharpness in the small field of chiefly low-grade survivors of this blue-chip rarity in the Connecticut copper series.From the Robert M. Martin Collection. Bowers and Merena’s Sale of the Frederick B. Taylor Collection, March 26-28, 1987, lot 2339.