"Mac Coin" commemorates Big Mac 50th anniversary

How to Get a Free Big Mac at McDonald’s

This global connectivity of the Big Mac inspired the creation of the MacCoin.

Many people remember all the ingredients to the McDonald's burger because of its ad campaign saying "two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions on a sesame seed bun".

Beginning at lunch time on August 2, customers can pick up a MacCoin with each purchase of a Big Mac at 14,000 McDonald's locations.

There will be a whole lot of them - more than 6.2 million - and the MacCoins will feature artwork that throws back across the decades of the Big Mac's history at McDonald's.

The coins will be handed out on a first-come first served basis.

The chain is rolling out the tokens at 14,000 restaurants in 50 countries starting August 2 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac.

McDonald's has been an influential global force over the years, and its burger prices have even become an indicator for the purchasing power of an economy.




The early '00s MacCoin highlights the decade's emerging technology.

"The legendary taste of the Big Mac has helped it achieve universal recognition and a lasting legacy", said Marcia Graham, president of the Greater Philadelphia McDonald's Owner/Operator Association.

"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", said Nick Delligatti, fourth-generation McDonald's owner-operator and great-grandson of Jim Delligatti, the inventor of the Big Mac. McDonald's added the Big Mac to its national menu in 1968 after Delligatti tested the burger in his Pittsburgh restaurants.

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.

Jim Delligatti died past year.

"What iconic sandwich do you know that can beat the Big Mac as far as longevity?"

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