A rare 1982 “coin alignment” dollar certified by Professional Coin Grading Service as genuine brought $5,280, including buyer’s premium, during a follow-up auction of the George Hans Cook Collection.
While the majority of the Cook Collection’s most sought-after material was offered Aug. 15, during a sale held in conjunction with the American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money, Cook’s more affordable coins crossed the block in an online-only sale on Aug. 25.
The standard alignment for the 1982 $1 “Constitution” coin was medal alignment, which means both the obverse and reverse sides face right side up; however, an unknown number of examples exist in coin alignment, which means the two sides face opposite directions, one going up and the other facing down.
With a “wrap machine damage” designation and no numerical grade – instead only certified as “UNC Detail” – the rare coin alignment dollar was offered as Lot 36487.
It’s listed in the Charlton Standard Catalog at $6,000 in Mint State-63 – with nothing priced lower – and was described by auctioneers as “an exceptionally rare offering unlikely to be encountered again by most bidders.”