Bank Of Canada Urges ‘Star Trek’ Fans To Stop ‘Spocking’ Their Fivers

Bank of Canada is pleading with Star Trek fans to stop “Spocking” its five dollar bills. Since Leonard Nimoy’s death, Canadian folks have been “Spocking” the hell out of the five dollar bill that features a portrait of Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

Sir Wilfrid now sports, on certain bills at least, pointy ears, the signature Vulcan haircut and eyebrows and Spock’s mantra “Live long and prosper.”

According to Bank of Canada it’s not illegal to do this but:

“...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.”

I say Spock the hell out of ‘em if it ain’t illegal. Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s face wasn’t that interesting, anyway. In fact, let’s just make this a permanent improvement to the Canadian five dollar bill.

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Gabe Soto 8 years ago Member's comment

the will be a spock. for the beer.

Rev. F.L. Mitchell 8 years ago Member's comment

Can someone in Canada, please send me one of these. I'll pay $10US for one.

Ken Cohen2 8 years ago Member's comment


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Colleen Wilhere 8 years ago Member's comment

Great going, Trekkies!!! Hopefully, some Spock-Fives will make it to the U.S! I will be looking! Very logical move.

John Smith 8 years ago Member's comment

Perhaps if enough people do this, then the government will be force to make it official and put Spock's picture on the 5. I say go for it!

Alexis Renault 8 years ago Member's comment

I actually think this is great. How long is the lifespan of a bill anyway?

Larry Longtin 8 years ago Member's comment

18 months. If they really cared about the cost of making bills, they'd replace them with coins.

Arlene Schwindt 7 years ago Member's comment

Actually since we use polymer bills here in Canada the bills last at least 2.5 times as long as 'paper' (cotton) money. They are significantly more environmentally friendly to make, durable and will be recycled instead of destroyed or burnt at the end of their life. They are also immensely more secure with many security features. And of course really easy to tell the difference between the dominations.

Wendell Brown 7 years ago Member's comment

Fascinating @[Arlene Schwindt](user:30069), had no idea this was the case in #Canada, thanks for sharing.

Thomas Sanders 8 years ago Member's comment

A $5 Canadian coin, now thats just looney.

Marc Groothedde 8 years ago Member's comment

No the loonie is the one dollar coin, it would be the foonie, following the logic we currently use.

Dtc Deals 8 years ago Member's comment

logic? you dare speak of logic in a thread about Spock?

Vilem Stosek-Hamzsek 8 years ago Member's comment

Spock it!!!!!