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« on: October 24, 2005, 05:08:13 am »

I have the following unique error - termed "Wet Trap Error".  What occurred with the note (scan below) was the printing plates/cylinders had too much ink for the screen printing of Laurier.  Thus, when the (dark blue) intaglio printing of: Laurier, the Coat of Arms, and the words of "Bank of Canada" was printed, the paper had an excessive amount of wet (dark blue) ink.  The moisture from the ink was not cured (dry) on the paper.

As a result, you have a Vincent Van Gogh, abstract portrait of Prime Minister Laurier. 

I had the opportunity to speak to Pierre Duguay of the Bank of Canada - who is in charge of the Currency Operation.  He informed me what I had was a "rare" error - and that you do not see this kind of error all that often.  One of the reason was that the orange highlighted line that you see scrolling down from top to bottom of the note is the 'cancellation' mark from the Bank of Canada - which the error sheet was caught during the printing process and then printed with the cancellation mark - this is done by machine and not by hand.  As well, 'wet trap error' notes are easily caught because the paper is not flat, since the wet ink causes the paper to be very wavy and stiff when the sheet eventually dries.

The note had been found/detected for destruction by the Bank, but for some reason or another, it got through the quality control inspection and into the regular brick instead of an insert note replacing this error. 

What I have is a one of kind Bank of Canada Vicent Van Gogh art work.  My note is an 'original' uncirculated note.   ;D
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2005, 05:12:17 am »

Here's the back side.   You can see almost a 'ghostly' image of Laurier's face behind the hockey players.

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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2005, 01:04:05 am »

You are so incredibly lucky in finding notes. You find inserts all the time, all these errors. I wish I had that much luck as you.
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2005, 02:35:27 am »

As a retired KGB Agent, I still have my internal connections.   ;)

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« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2006, 08:58:53 pm »

Here is another example of this "WET TRAP ERROR".   The error is on the front of the note, but the back is normal. The front lacks the vanish on it except on small portion of the nose & along the top left.  See scan below.

This note came from a brick of HOW. However, funny thing is the brick searcher didn't spot this note....may be not much attention was paid to the front of the notes. Only the radar & few nicer notes were kept.  

It wasn't until the bank got the remaining brick back and issued some of them to a nearby drug store, that the drug store manager caught that as a bad note & returned it to the bank. The head teller then called this brick searcher if he still wanted it, and he gladly did.  :-[ :o  He was really lucky to get it back I am sure.  


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« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2006, 11:23:42 pm »

Hello Kobecurrency,

Nice find by your friend.  For some reason, my attachment was deleted.  Here's my original Wet Trap Error.  


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« Reply #6 on: March 01, 2009, 10:59:36 pm »

Tom, one of the forum moderators, and a very knowledgeable error note collector has a great website on other error notes:

http://www.rarenotes.net/

He's made reference about this error on his website:

http://www.rarenotes.net/pages/prtpgs/hnz6474795.html

He has a similar note with the same Bank of Canada cancellation mark:

{http://www.rarenotes.net/images/prtimages/hnz6474795a.jpg}

{http://www.rarenotes.net/images/prtimages/eje3228774.jpg}

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