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Spooky Canada: HI Ottawa Jail Hostel (2019)

Spooky Canada: HI Ottawa Jail Hostel (2019)

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Mintage: 100,000
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With a simple tilt, a ghost from the past "haunts" this coin! Order today!

They're the tales that give you goose bumps and get your heart racing! Canadians love a good ghost story, and there are plenty to be found across Canada. Many of these hair-raising stories are based on real-life stories and people—people like Patrick Whelan, who was hanged for the 1868 assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee, a Father of Confederation. Some claim to have seen his ghost appear in his old jail cell at the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, said to be one of the most haunted buildings in Canada. The former prison turned hostel is the setting for a fun ghost story that unfolds on this lenticular piece. Its first image sets the mood with an eerie evening tour of the former prison… but tilt the coin and suddenly, you'll encounter a ghost too!

A beautiful gift for those who love ghost stories! Don't miss out, order yours today!

Special Features:
  • NEW SUPERNATURAL THEMED-COIN! Back by popular demand! Canada's ghostly historical secret is the focus of our new Spooky Canada. It follows the success of our Haunted Canada coins issued between 2014 and 2016.
  • TILT THE COIN AND A GHOST APPEARS! The two-image lenticular design shows a chilling encounter with the ghost of a former inmate—perhaps Patrick Whelan, at the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel in downtown Ottawa, not far from our Ottawa headquarters. The former jail is one of the most haunted places in Canada.
  • CUSTOM "SPOOKY" PACKAGING! Your coin is packaged in a custom folder that invites you to enter the old jail… if you dare. Swing the gated door open for a look inside—you'll find images and a ghost story to share with (and scare) your family and friends. 
  • A SPOOKY HISTORY! The shifting design highlights the story of Patrick Whelan, a real-life historical figure at the centre of a ghost story that will make you want to leave the lights on.


The two-image lenticular design by Emmanuel Julian Madail Monzon shows a ghostly encounter in one of Canada's most haunted buildings. The first image shows a visitor entering a former jail during an evening tour of the HI Ottawa Jail Hostel, where the bar door is left ajar. When the coin is tilted, the door is closed and the eerie ghost of a former inmate—perhaps Patrick Whelan, who was hanged for the 1868 assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee, a Father of Confederation—appears behind the terrified visitor and looks directly at the viewer. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

Did you know…

  • Ottawa's former jail was built in 1862. Its 90 cells housed up to 150 prisoners at a time—men, women and children.
  • It is said that the ghost of Patrick Whelan appears near guests' beds or in his cell at night. Some claim to have seen him wander the hallway that leads to the gallows, all the while reciting the Lord's Prayer—just as Whelan did in his final moments.
  • Just before his execution, Whelan declared he was innocent but also claimed to know the identity of the killer.
  • Today, the presumed murder weapon, a .32-calibre Smith & Wesson revolver, is part of the Canadian Museum of History collection. It was purchased at an auction in 2005 for the sum of $105,000.
  • After the prison closed its doors in 1972, Hostelling International converted the building into a hostel. Much of the original structures (including the gallows) were left intact to provide guests with a unique stay. Daily tours allow visitors and guests to learn about the building's history and its many strange occurrences… like the paranormal activity depicted on this coin.


Your coin is packaged in a custom folder that invites you to enter the old jail… if you dare.

Order today!



  • No.174392
  • Mintage100,000
  • Compositionthree-ply nickel finish plated steel
  • Finishspecimen
  • Weight (g) 12.61
  • Diameter (mm) 35
  • Edgeplain
  • Certificate
  • Face value50 cents
  • ArtistEmmanuel Julian Madail Monzon (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)

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