I bought a Proof 2014 Latvian Baltic Way commemorative silver €5
coin and it is missing some of the color that was supposed to be
applied to represent the Lithuanian flag.
What has more likely happened with the coin during its colorizing
in mint, that caused missing colors? Is there a classification for
Proof coins with this type of error (not fully colored elements of coin)?
And are there any known examples of Proof coins with this type of
error (not fully colored elements)? For example, a Canadian Proof
coin with the national flag missing a color?
A. Sludin / Via email
Coin World decided to go straight to the source, interviewing Maruta
Brukle of the Bank of Latvia during the World Money Fair in Berlin
that was held from Jan 30 to Feb. 1, to seek answers to the reader’s question.
Brukle said the coins were created by the Royal Dutch Mint for the
Bank of Latvia, and that color was added via the pad printing process,
common for world coin issues today.
In some instances the color application does not fully engage.
Brukle said that cashiers selling the coins always look for such
errors, and if they are discovered the coin would not be sold, meaning
the collector “probably has a unique coin. The collector is really
lucky. There are no other coins missing color to our knowledge.”
Proliferation of colorful world coins in the last two decades would
suggest that this is not the first time such an error has occurred,
but Coin World cannot recall any other instance of a mint-colored
collector coin lacking some or all of the color. That is not to say
that it hasn’t happened, of course.
The challenge with a coin missing a color or colors is detecting the
absence. A colorized Canadian flag lacking white might more readily be
spotted, as that symbol is widely known. Fewer people might recognize
that stripes representing a Lithuanian flag are missing colors on a
coin of Latvia.
We know of no official cataloging designation to describe this type
of error, other than simply classifying it as “missing color.”
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