1786 Connecticut Copper. Miller 2.2-D.2, W-2475. Rarity-6. Mailed Bust Right, Broad Shouldered or Noble Head. VG-8 (PCGS). 110.8 grains. When this coin made its entry into the auction marketplace in the 1975 EAC Sale, it was catalogued as the first time two specimens of this very rare variety were offered in the same auction. Both of the 1975 EAC coins ended up with Taylor, and Robert acquired both of Taylor’s. So this dispersal of the last 2 of Robert’s 4 specimens marks the fourth time in numismatic auction history that two examples of this die marriage of fewer than 20 known survivors are offered in the same auction. This feat is all the more impressive inasmuch as at least 4 examples of Miller 2.2-D.2 are impounded in the ANS and Connecticut State Library Collections. The surfaces of this coin are a dark chestnut brown in the fields, lighter tan at the devices and legends, and with a uniform granularity that softens the legends and devices; the usual off-centered striking on a constricted flan has resulted in much of CONNEC being weak and the entirety of the date being cut off, as is usual. The circulated surfaces are actually quite trouble-free for the die marriage, with just a small as-made planchet lamination noted through ET L(IB). This coin features a Painted Die variety in left field and the letter “M” for Miller in right field in the style of Frederick Canfield, and the painted variety in its current state looks more like 2.2-D.1 than 2.2-D.2! Robert cherished this piece for its PDV and its chain of more than 100 years of illustrious numismatic ownership. Who will be its next caretaker? From the Robert M. Martin Collection. Ex Frederick Canfield; Henry Clay Miller; Norman Bryant; Q. David Bowers; Alan Kessler; 1975 EAC Convention Sale, Pine Tree Auction Company, February 15, 1975, lot 45; The Chesapeake Bay Collection of Connecticut Coppers, New England Rare Coin Galleries, July 23, 1976, lot 22; Bowers and Merena’s Sale of the Frederick B. Taylor Collection, March 26-28, 1987, lot 2341.