McDonald's unveils MacCoin to celebrate Big Mac's 50th anniversary

McDonald's unveils MacCoin to celebrate Big Mac's 50th anniversary

Big Mac creator Jim Delligatti, right, poses with a Big Mac birthday cake and Ronald McDonald at his 90th birthday party in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, on August 21, 2008.

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.

McDonald's iconic Big Mac turns 50 today and to mark the occasion, the company has unveiled the "Mac Coin".

Starting at the lunch rush on Thursday, customers can receive a MacCoin with the purchase of a Big Mac at 14,000 participating restaurants across the United States, McDonald's announced Sunday.

In total, there are five designs for the coins, each referencing one of the five decades and giving a nod to the art, music and pop culture references of that era.

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.

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Diners can redeem the new currency for a free Big Mac starting Friday and running throughout the rest of 2018.

Or, fans can just forgo the freebie and start a collection.

"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", fourth-generation McDonald's owner-operator Nick Delligatti said in a release.

They follow last year's efforts to promote the Big Mac with the larger Grand Mac and the smaller Mac Jr. and giveaways of bottles of the special sauce.

McDonald's agreed to let Delligatti sell the sandwich at a single location, on the condition that he use the company's standard bun.

After similar results at more stores, the Big Mac was added to the national menu in 1968. So they're launching a Big Mac-backed currency, the MacCoin.

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