Corin Anderson (magellanic) wrote,
Corin Anderson
magellanic

My $0.07

I went to a coin, stamp, and collectibles show this morning. Neat stuff. I collect two-cent pieces, three-cent nickels, and three-cent silver pieces, among other things. I bought a couple of very nice coins today. Hey, I wasn't using that money, anyway.

Something very odd about the one coin I bought, though, now that I have it at home to inspect it. By all accounts, the reverse side is upside-down. All US coins have the obverse and reverse 180 degrees off from one another; if you turn a coin around a vertical axis, each side will be upside-down from the other. (In contrast, British coins have the reverse and obverse both pointing in the same direction.) I have 5 three-cent silver coins in my possesion, and four of them follow the proper rule for US coins. The one I bought today (1861 AU) doesn't. So, one of three things must be true: that's how the coin was made that year (ie, it was intensional); this coin is a mis-stamp (which would be very exciting); or this coin is a counterfeit (almost as exciting and more than a little surprising). Which hypothesis is true is indeed a mystery. I sure wish I had a coin expert handy to talk to. Perhaps it's time to open up a Google Answers account.
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