A couple different scenarios. One, it is made in someone's garage with a vice or similar device.
A second option would be a struck 1976 cent is inadvertently found somewhere in the mint, and casually tossed in a hopper of blank planchets. Then it is fed into a striking chamber (upside down) and struck 2 years later. There are a couple of problems with this scenario, but it could happen theoretically.
A third option would be similar to option 2, but in this case, a mint worker intentionally placed an older coin (1976) in a striking chamber and struck the coin. This case has been known to happen, and is generally a case of a bored employee, or one hoping to make some bucks if smuggled out of the mint.
If you could submit a picture of your coin, it would be easier to answer, at least whether it is legitimate or made outside the mint.
Good luck. If legitimate, it would likely hold a significant premium.
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