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Posted On: 30 July 2018 03:50 pm
Updated On: 5 March 2023 03:21 pm

McDonald's kicks off fifth decade with MacCoin—the world's first food-backed currency!

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It was exactly 50 years ago since an American by the name of Jim Delligatti created and first introduced the now well-established Big Mac to the public.

And to celebrate this milestone, McDonald's brings to its loyal customers for the first time an innovation they call MacCoin—the world's very first food currency!

Yes, you heard it right! Starting August 2, you'll get a MacCoin for every purchase of a Big Mac meal in more than 50 participating countries worldwide—including Qatar!

And what's the coin good for? Another Big Mac!

Or if you think that the coin is too precious to exchange for a Big Mac, then you can just keep it for yourself—just like what most of people will prefer to do since these coins are one in a million and Qatar only has over 8,000 pieces!

Dubbed as "a global currency for a global icon," the MacCoins will be up for grabs at all McDonalds outlet across Qatar—and all over the world—starting August 2 (Thursday) and running throughout the rest of 2018!

The coin idea sprung from the role that the Big Mac has played in measuring purchasing power, specifically by the Big Mac Index, an annual report that uses Big Mac prices at countries around the world to see whether currencies are properly valued.

Update as of August 2, 5:45 PM:

To get a coin, consumers need to download the McDonald’s app (not McDelivery Qatar) and use it to buy 1 Large Big Mac meal to get a MacCoin. The coins will be available in all McDonald's outlets in Qatar between 11AM and 5PM only.

The five designs of the MacCoin.

Frequently-asked questions:

Q: Can we purchase the MacCoin before August 2?

A: No. But there's a way to get yours earlier than the rest by scrolling all the way down in this article and joining our competition!

Q: So one Big Mac sandwich is equivalent to one MacCoin?

A: Correction: One Big Mac MEAL not one Big Mac sandwich will entitle you a MacCoin.

Q: Can we still get a MacCoin for every purchase of a Big Mac meal after August 2?

A: Yes, you can for the rest of the year and until supplies last. Moreover, each MacCoin has an expiration date to signify when the global promotion will end.

Q: So we can also exchange the MacCoin with another Big Mac meal in that case?

A: No. You'll get a Big Mac sandwich when you pay using a MacCoin.

Q: If we buy a Big Mac using a MacCoin, will we get another coin?

A: No. Once you use the Mac Coin to get a Big Mac, you won't get another MacCoin. And we will repeat: You only get a MacCoin when you buy a Big Mac MEAL, not a sandwich.

Q: If we buy 5 Big Mac meals, will we also get five MacCoins?

A: Yes, but not at the same time. You will have to check at the counter. Because the love has to be shared with everyone so we will try to share the coins with as many people as possible.

Q: Can we still get a MacCoin when we order a Big Mac meal in the drive-thru rather in the counter?

A: Absolutely yes as long as stocks remain and the redemption is made at any McDOnald's outlet in Qatar.

Q: Do we get the chance to choose the design of the MacCoin that we will get with every purchase of the Big Mac meal?

A: No. We want to surprise you guys with the coin designs that you will get!

McDonald's launches MacCoins!

MacCoins will feature five unique designs, each representing a decade of the Big Mac, highlighting the following:

  • The ‘70s: Showcasing the decade’s flower power
  • The ‘80s: Alluding to pop art
  • The ‘90s: Defined by bold, abstract shapes
  • The early ‘00s: Specifically focusing on the technology that was at the forefront of the turn of the century
  • The ‘10s: MacCoin calling attention to the evolution of communication

Some of the key aspects of the Big MacCoin are:

  • The world's first fully-backed food currency
  • The MacCoin has no monetary value.
  • The 7 languages featured on the front-side of the MacCoin represent many of the countries participating, including: Arabic, English, Indonesian, Mandarin, Portuguese, Quebecois and Spanish.
  • Each MacCoin is made of brass.
  • For nutrition information on the Big Mac, visit

Luckily, has been chosen to be part of an exclusive and selected group of social media influencers and websites to get their hands on the Mac Coins in advanced and we're giving away four pieces to FOUR LUCKY WINNERS!

All you have to do is click on this LINK and follow the mechanics!

We wish you the best of luck!

Are you as excited as everyone else to get your hands on the limited-edition MacCoins? If yes, how are you planning to get one or if possible, collect all five? Drop us a line in the comments and also, don't forget to like and share this article—it keeps us going!