Five MacCoins To Go


As some of you know, last week, I wrote about the environmental impact of the plastic straw and the new citywide ban taking affect in San Francisco. I did my very best to defend the plastic straw and show my love for the plastic straw and the response from the community was totally overwhelming.

For starters, I would like to thank each person who gave me straws. Several people brought me straws to hoard and one loyal reader brought me a straw dispenser loaded with fat, chewable straws that I will enjoy for months to come.

While I will enjoy my straws for months to come, this week, my attention will be focused on trying to secure five different coins or MacCoins from McDonald’s. Now, normally, I visit McDonald’s for the Chicken McNuggets, strawberry cream pies and the fat straws, but last week, McDonald’s launched a marketing scheme that has coin nerds like myself more than a little bit excited.

There is nothing special about the MacCoin launched by McDonald’s to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac. They are not exactly made from gold or silver. They have no monetary value other than being good for a free Big Mac, but something tells me they may be worth owning.

Up until this past Sunday, I was totally in the dark about the MacCoin until a quick text from a friend and fellow coin nerd tipped me off.

My Sunday morning started like every Sunday morning. I woke up to a television newscast talking about Russian collusion, if you can believe that, a story about a U.S. senator who had hired a Chinese spy to drive her around for the past 20 years, and a story about the president having a Twitter feud with a professional athlete. Needless to say, the news of the day left me totally uninspired, but a collectible coin good for one free Big Mac was something that I had to investigate.

As luck would have it, as a family we had planned a Sunday drive to Charlotte to visit my oldest daughter who was in town for the weekend and I knew we were sure to pass more than a few McDonald’s restaurants on the way. At the time, I knew nothing about the process of acquiring a MacCoin or how much it was going to cost my children for me to get one, but I was sure I was going to score the entire set.

After hounding my family for the better part of three hours we finally stopped at a McDonald’s where I learned the hard way how you acquire a MacCoin.

Now, if you are a coin nerd like me, and you think McDonald’s will simply let you buy all five MacCoins, you would be mistaken. If you want a MacCoin you must buy a Big Mac. It’s really that simple — no Big Mac, no MacCoin.

Well, after losing that argument with the manager of a Charlotte McDonald’s, I bought a Big Mac that I did not want, and gave it to my daughter’s dog who actually did want a Big Mac. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to get in the habit of feeding my dog Big Macs everyday, but if Copper is called upon to take one for the team, he is more than willing.

For the record, I now own two MacCoins and Copper has eaten two Big Macs. I know I run the risk of some hate mail from PETA if I continue to feed Copper Big Macs, but the MacCoins are neat, well-struck coins that will surely inspire the coin nerd in your family.

To all my friends who donated plastic straws, this week I will be taking your unwanted MacCoins and Copper will gladly take “two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions on a sesame seed bun.”

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