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McDonald’s Canada Launches MacCoin Currency to Celebrate the Big Mac’s 50th Anniversary

McDonald’s Canada Launches MacCoin Currency to Celebrate the Big Mac’s 50th Anniversary

By Thomas Kenzaki

McDonald’s most iconic burger, the Big Mac, is turning 50 and they’re celebrating in a big way by launching their own food-backed global currency. Starting on August 2nd, MacCoins will launch here in Canada along with more than 50 other countries across the globe.

A unique design can be found on each decades coin

There are 5 unique designs with each representing 1 of the 5 decades the Big Mac has been available. Each MacCoin will be redeemable for a Big Mac sandwich at participating restaurants around the world (should you actually want to let go of it).

If you’re an avid follower of McDonald’s, you’ll know that the company loves celebrating special occasions. The past few years have seen McDonald’s give away free fries for National French Fry Day and even have $0.67 throwback pricing on hamburgers to celebrate their 67 years in Canada.

How to get a MacCoin in Canada
In some countries you’ll be able to get a coin by ordering a Big Mac. Here in Canada it’s being done a little differently. There are 50,000 coins in total being made available here and you’ll need to win a contest to get your hands on one.

From August 2nd to August 8th, McDonald’s Canada will be running a contest on Twitter through their official account @McDonaldsCanada. Tweet why you love the Big Mac using the hashtag #BigMac50 and you may just score your very own MacCoin!

McDonald’s also said there will be other chances to win a MacCoin through local radio station giveaways so make sure to check your local stations website and/or social media accounts for more information.

MacCoin/Big Mac Fun Facts

  • Over 6.2 million MacCoins are being distributed in more than 50 countries around the globe
  • These commemorative coins feature five unique designs, each representing a decade of the Big Mac. Each MacCoin design pulls in elements from that time in history, nodding to art, music and pop culture, while the front-side of the MacCoin celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac.
  • The seven languages featured on the front-side of the MacCoin represent many of the countries participating: Arabic, English, Indonesian, Mandarin, Portuguese, French and Spanish
  • The Big Mac sandwich was invented in Uniontown, Pennsylvania in 1967 by Jim Delligatti, one of McDonald's founder Ray Kroc's earliest franchisees, and was introduced on the national menu in the United States in 1968.
  • In 1968 Canada became the first country outside the United States to offer the Big Mac to guests.
  • The sandwich was originally sold for 45 cents.
  • The Big Mac is sold in more than 100 countries.

If you’re a fan of McDonald’s or just love collecting coins, you won’t want to miss out on the unique chance to own a limited edition MacCoin. Let us know in the comments below if you’ll be trying to score your own and if you’ll be keeping it or redeeming it.

36 Comments

    • 40 million people in Canada, 50,000 coins. I don' t think my chances are very good.
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    • Well no chance here, I despise twitter and refuse to sign up for a contest.
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    • A memory of the big Mac anniversary would be great since I enjoy my big Mac.
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    • Once again McDonald's punishes those that don't use tech. especially the seniors.
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    • Seems like a collection that will be impossible to make...
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    • Love to have the coin, but no twitter account, do not listen any radio.
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    • In some countries you’ll be able to get a coin by ordering a Big Mac. Here in Canada it’s being done a little differently. <---screw you, discrimination? I'm ordering burger king
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    • In some countries you’ll be able to get a coin by ordering a Big Mac. Here in Canada it’s being done a little differently. <---screw you, discrimination? I'm ordering burger king
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    • I am trying to win one but I will keep it - not redeem it if I win one.
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    • I remember my first big Mac coming from a small rural town, where there is no fast food, it was love at first bite:))
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    • I'd try to get one for a keepsake
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    • I'd try to get one for a keepsake
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    • I would keep it. It's pretty special.
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    • Dame. I'd rather order a big mac to get it...................
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    • We have to use Twitter? That's a no for me.
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    • le BigMac a 50 ans & il est toujours aussi bon avec ses 2 boulettes & de la laitue fraice avec 1 sauce spéciale, moi je l aime bien
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    • je vais le garder en souvenir
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    • Yes I will be trying to get a coin and will be redeeming for a Big Mac
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    • I'll try to win one, I'll probably keep it, but I really want a Big Mac now.
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    • I'll try to win one, I'll probably keep it, but I really want a Big Mac now.
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    • Contest rules say there's only 100 prizes of 50 coins each for the Twitter contest. I guess that means there's 45,000 to win via other contests.................. good luck everyone!
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      6. PRIZE INFORMATION / APPROXIMATE RETAIL VALUE / ODDS OF WINNING:
      There is a total of One Hundred (100) Prizes available as follows: Each winner will receive fifty (50) MacCoins, each such MacCoin being valid for the purchase of one (1) Big Mac® sandwich at a participating McDonald’s restaurant in Canada until December 31, 2018. ARV of the fifty (50) MacCoins is $289.50.

      NOTE: A MacCoin is not currency, or legal tender in any country. The sole value of a MacCoin is in exchange at a participating McDonald’s restaurant in Canada for one (1) Big Mac® sandwich. Any other use is prohibited.

      Total Prizes Available to be won in the Contest and their total value: 100; Total Approximate Prize Value: $28,950.

      Odds of winning a Prize will depend on the number of eligible Entries recorded on behalf of Participants.
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    • So lemme get this straight. In the US, all you need to do to get one, is buy a Big Mac? They have 6 million of them there to a population of 326 million (so like 1.8%).

      In Canada, we have to jump through a bunch of hoops and do a bunch of nonsense and maybe you'll win one of the 50,000 coins available against 36 million population--equal to 0.1%...but it gets even better because 5,000 of those are allotted to one hundred ppl. I mean yeah winning 50 free Big Macs is a much nicer prize but your odds are so bad it's not even funny; plus your chances of getting even one coin are slim to none.

      I'm guessing all in the US would have been claimed already but I like their promo a lot better.

      Interestingly they are MacCoins (Big Mac coins) instead of McCoins (McDonald's coins) but I guess that makes sense given it's for the 50th year of the sandwich and they are only valid for Big Macs.
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    • Urrrh I'm still boycotting McDonald's so no thanks.
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    • How about the celebrate by making the big mac the original size for a few weeks or something?
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    • I will most likely keep the coin if I am lucky enough to get one.Now if I won 50 of them, well I would give some away,Spend some for Big Mac's and keep a few because I do collect coins.
      ty
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    • I would love to receive one , and I will be keeping it for a memory piece
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    • I would love to receive one , and I will be keeping it for a memory piece
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    • I would love to receive one , and I will be keeping it for a memory piece
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    • Canada can never do anything the easy way... god forbid the coins can be obtained by ordering a Big Mac... I mean, that would make too much sense.

      Harveys for me.
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    • I just won 50 MacCoins on Twitter :)
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    • It's over?
      Never noticed them announcing the winners.

      I guess I can unfollow McD then.
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    • I won 50 MacCoins on twitter too 😆
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