By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)
Although Britain holds the record for a huge amount of haunted places contained in a small land mass, Haunted Canada probably has the record for the most well-known, namely the Ghost Bride of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. The commemorative cupronickel coin introduces paranormal enthusiasts to this lady in white in a very nicely presented lenticular hologram. The design is certainly appropriate since some people claim that they see ghosts like a piece of transparent celluloid film.
But to give this coin life, when its angled right, the Ghost Bride’s eyes open wide and if it could glow, some collectors may flee at it coming to life! The candles behind her lights up. If some daring folks want to use it during a séance and it permanently spins, well …
At the Royal Canada Mint, the coin itself is nearly sold out. Thankfully an allotment can be found for purchase at Canada Post in a complete coin and stamp set which includes stamps showing off the St. Louis Light Phantom Train, Niagara-on-the-Lake’s haunted Fort George, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac’s Ghostly Governor Louis de Buade and the Fiery Ships of the Northumberland Strait.
Owning the full set will certainly make for a great display piece to talk about. The First Day covers that Canada Post offers can be framed or the keepsake display can be put on the mantle to show off to paranormal enthusiasts. Let’s just hope it doesn’t start to fly off on its own.