June 2, 2014 2:06 pm

Creepy currency: ghostly image haunts new Canadian coin

CALGARY – The famous ghost who is said to haunt a hotel in Banff National Park is now featured on limited edition collector’s coins and stamps.

Banff is known for breathtaking vistas and wonderful wildlife, but the tragic story of a bride who apparently tumbled to her death on her wedding day has captivated Canadians for years.

If you believe the tale, the so-called Ghost Bride has been haunting the Fairmont Banff Springs since the 1930’s when she suddenly stumbled down the stairs and died.

Since then, some claim to have seen an apparition dancing in the hotel’s ballroom or walking down the staircase.

“We have long been known to visitors from around the world for the tragic tale of the Ghost Bride,” said David Roberts, Regional Vice-President and General Manager of the Fairmont Banff Springs. “Her chilling resemblance has been expertly captured on this new coin and stamp which is a novel way for her spirit to live on beyond the walls of the hotel.”

The 25 cent coin features the Ghost Bride wearing her bridal headdress, and when the coin is tilted, her eyes open and close and candles along the staircase light up.

RCM Ghost Bride - Reverse Illustration #1

The stamp features the same ghostly image.

The coin retails for $29.95, and can be ordered as of June 3, 2014 by visiting mint.ca

“We’re proud to produce coins that not only highlight such fascinating Canadian stories but also create a lasting impression through design and the innovative use of technology,” says Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.

To coincide with the market launch of the Haunted Canada commemorative stamp series, a special coin and stamp set celebrating the Ghost Bride will also be available through Canada Post and the Mint as of June 13, 2014.

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