I found an oddity recently among my pocket change. It is a 2011
U.S. 1-cent coin. One side, of course, has the Lincoln profile, but
when you turn it around, the Shield image on the other side of the
coin is upside down — a full 180-degree rotation in relation to
Lincoln. Does this coin have any particular value?
The obverse-reverse orientation for this 2011 Lincoln cent sounds
perfectly normal and, if circulated, it has no excess worth above its
face value of one cent.
This coin’s obverse-reverse orientation is called “coin
alignment,” where the reverse of the coin is upside down (or 180
degrees rotated) in relation to the obverse of the coin. With the
exception of some Gobrecht dollars from the 1830s, all U.S. coins have
been struck with coin alignment.
If one finds a U.S. coin where the reverse is “right side up” in
relation to the obverse, that would be an error.
Many world coins are also struck with coin alignment, but some
circulating world coins are instead struck with what is termed “medal
alignment,” where the reverse and obverse are right side up in
relationship to each other.
It is perfectly natural that a Canadian might find the coin
alignment style of U.S. coins curious to the eye, as Canadian coins
are generally struck in medal alignment.
I need to know the value of a silver coin in my possession. The
obverse of the coin shows Liberty and the date 1804; the reverse says
one troy ounce .999 FINE SILVER/31.1 GRAMS/GEMS BY MICHAEL.
The reverse also has a bell and a eagle.
The piece in question appears to be a privately produced silver round.
An Internet search found the same round, bearing the date 1981 in
addition to the other designs and legends on the reverse.
If struck in 1981, it was produced on the heels of the “silver
rush” that occurred during the 1979 to 1981 time period.
The obverse is a replication of the famed, and rare, 1804 Draped
Bust, Heraldic Eagle silver dollar.
The bullion piece has little, if any, numismatic value. However,
if it is genuinely one troy ounce of .999 fine silver, it does possess
value, albeit based upon its silver content. The spot price of silver,
of late, has been about $28 (in U.S. funds) per ounce, so this round
would be worth about that much. If selling to a dealer, Mr. Gonzalez
should expect to be paid a small percentage less than $28.
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