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I've seen many labels and descriptions but never this one....

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I've submitted many coins and have had many different grades and descriptions return on my submitted coins, but I was emailed a shipping summary for one of my latest shipments and I see in part of the description on an 1861 3 Cent Silver a description of "Medallic Alignment". What exactly is Medallic Alignment? Thanks.


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It means that the dies are oriented in the same position. In other words, the reverse is right side up when the coin is turned along its vertical axis instead of the horizontal axis, the latter being normal for United States coins. It is a mint error.

The term "medallic alignment" is used, because medals normally have their dies oriented the same direction, while USA coins typically are in "coin alignment."

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