Tuesday 19 March 2019

Bank of Canada issues statement requesting ‘Star Trek’ fans stop ‘Spocking’ $5 bill

A defaced Canadian $5
A defaced Canadian $5
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

THE Bank of Canada has been forced to issue a statement requesting ‘Star Trek’ fans stop defacing the $5 bill in tribute to the late Leonard Nimoy.

A campaign was launched in the aftermath of the actor’s death to begin defacing the bills in tribute.

Eagle eyed fans noticed that the portrait of Sir Wilfrid Laurier printed on the bill could easily be made look like the legendary character.

Sir Wilfrid Laurier was the seventh Prime Minister of Canada.

Large numbers of notes in circulation now feature Laurier with Spock’s pointed ears, haircut and eyebrows.

Some even go a step further and include a Star Trek badge.

However the Bank of Canada has been forced to issue a statement discouraging the practice – saying that although it is not illegal, it reduces the bill’s lifespan.

Spokesperson Josianne Menard said: “It is not illegal to write or make other markings on bank notes... However, there are important reasons why it should not be done.

“Writing on a bank note may interfere with the security features and reduces its lifespan. Markings on a note may also prevent it from being accepted in a transaction.

“Furthermore, 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.”

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