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Hi. I really don't no much about coins, but I spotted and picked up a 1980 Susan B Anthony Dollar. It was circulated, but it looks to be in pretty good shape.. thing is if I turn it with one side oriented so the image is right the opposite side is upside down is this a misprint? and if so does it mean anything for the value of the coin?

Hi Chrissy,

It all depends on which way you're flipping the coin.

The normal orientation for all U.S. coins is such that if you are looking at the front side and the image is upright, and if you're holding the coin with your fingers at the left & right sides, then when you flip the coin top-to-bottom the back side image will remain right-side-up.  This is known in the U.S. as a "coin" flip.

Most non-U.S. coins -- when you flip in the above manner -- will have the back side image up-side-down.  This is known as a "medal" flip.  You have to be holding the coin at the top and bottom when you flip it (side-to-side) for the back side image to remain right-side-up.

So if your coin has the "coin" flip images, as described above, it is normal -- go ahead and spend it.

If it has the "medal" flip images, then you need to get it certified -- it could be worth hundres of dollars.  If so, check out the following websites for details on how to submit it for certification :

I hope this helps,


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