Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

McDonald's to offer "Mac Coins"

McDonald's to offer

Starting August 2, customers will receive a cool limited-edition collectible metal coin with the purchase of every Big Mac while supplies last.

From Thursday, more than 6.2 million MacCoins will be distributed globally, including 50,000 coins in New Zealand.

The company is celebrating the 1968 national launch of the double-decker sandwich whose ingredients of "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and a sesame seed bun" were seared into American memories by a TV jingle.

One way you can get them is to by entering the #BigMac50 contest on Twitter @McDonaldsCanada, from August 2nd until August 8th and sharing why they love the Big Mac.

Suggesting the global appeal of the iconic burger, there are seven languages featured across the various designs: Arabic, English, Indonesian, Mandarin, Portuguese, French and Spanish.

The Big Mac, since it arrived fifty years ago, has become ubiquitous as a mainstay of speedy, beefy goodness.

The Big Mac is turning 50 soon, and McDonald's is going to celebrate the way everything is celebrated in 2018: by releasing their own currency - though it comes with a twist.

The deal was inspired by the Big Mac Index, an annual report that uses Big Mac prices at countries around the world to see whether currencies are properly valued. Customers can redeem the MacCoin for a free Big Mac at participating restaurants in the USA and in more than 50 countries.

The coins will come in five designs representing one of the five decades of Big Mac.

His great-grandson Nick Delligatti said: 'When my great-grandfather Jim Delligatti invented the Big Mac at his grill in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, he just wanted to make his local customers happy'. "The MacCoin transcends currencies to commemorate our global iconic burger while giving customers all over the world a chance to enjoy a Big Mac on us".

As of August 2, McDonalds fans will be able to secure a MacCoin when they buy a BigMac. "They use it to this day, ' Easterbrook said".

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