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How much is a 1803 commemorative Louisiana Purchase nickel worth if it is struck upside down on the back?

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2015-07-16 18:06:43
2015-07-16 18:06:43

Whether it is upside-down or not depends on which way you turn the coin.

Coin turn -- if you flip the coin from top to bottom, on U.S. coins the back side image should appear upright.

Medal turn -- if you flip the coin from side to side, on U.S. coins the back side image will be upside-down.

If you turn the coin with a "coin turn", and the back side image is upside-down, then you have a very rare error that will be worth hundreds of dollars. You would need to get the coin certified and encapsulated -- check out http://www.pcgs.com

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The best thing to do is to try the same flip with other coins from your pocket change. If they all are oriented the same way then you have a normal circulation nickel worth five cents. All U.S. coins in current circulation use "coin turn" orientation, regardless of the design. Other countries (Canada, U.K., EU, for example) use "medal turn". Neither use is right or wrong, just different.

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