Around the world, people are doing many different things to remember and honor Leonard Nimoy, aka Mr. Spock, after his recent passing. For those north of the border, the Bank of Canada is allowing everyone to pay tribute to Nimoy by doing something that is a bit out of the ordinary — drawing on $5 bills and turning Wilfrid Laurier into Mr. Spock.
— David Bodnarchuk (@DavidBodnarchuk) March 2, 2015
Yes, as Syracuse.com reported, Canadians are “Vulcanizing” their $5 bills and turning Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier into Mr. Spock. It’s quite an easy task, and the finished product is extremely convincing at that.
It is believed that this may be against the law, illegal, and that the $5 bills won’t be honored if Mr. Spock is drawn on them.
Well, that’s the furthest thing from the truth. The Bank of Canada has stated that it is not illegal to deface banknotes. While it’s true that you can’t reproduce current bills electronically, there is nothing against drawing on them.
The Royal Canadian Mint‘s website states explicit specifications for how currency should be treated.
“The Currency Act and The Canadian Criminal Code clearly state that no person shall melt down, break up or use otherwise than as currency any coin that is legal tender in Canada.”
Bank of Canada spokeswoman Josianne Menard states that it is technically not illegal to draw on the banknotes, she doesn’t recommend it. She says that it defaces a Canadian symbol and that if bills are defaced, they may end up being taken out of circulation.
“The Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride,” Menard wrote in an email.
When Leonard Nimoy passed away on Friday, numerous tributes were being made to him around the world in person and on social media. In Canada, many users were posting their own versions of Laurier’s Vulcan makeover to pay tribute to the late Mr. Spock.
Nimoy has received tributes around the globe, and some that even came from as far away as the final frontier.
Don’t be surprised if you’re in Canada and happen to find a $5 bill that has the face of Mr. Spock on it. The Bank of Canada isn’t encouraging it, but they certainly aren’t going out of their way to stop the massive tribute to Leonard Nimoy either.
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