Five Ways to Celebrate Big Mac’s Big Birthday

The Big Mac is turning 50 and you’re invited to the party!

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It’s not everyday an icon like the Big Mac turns the big 5-0, and to celebrate McDonald’s is handing out a free MacCoin with every Big Mac sold in 14,000 participating restaurants starting at lunch time Aug. 2nd (until supplies run out, of course.)

Psst: this post is sponsored by McDonalds, my drive through of choice!

McDonald’s will give away 6.2 MILLION MacCoins around the globe! Starting Aug 3rd, those coins can be redeemed for a delicious Big Mac all over the world–and right here in St. Louis–or you can keep it as a collectible and tell your kids how you were there when the Big Mac turned 50.Big Mac 50th Birthday

Big Mac’s Birthday

The Big Mac was invented by a McDonald’s franchise owner in Pennsylvania. It was such a hit with customers it was placed on the national menu in 1968, and we’ve been craving them ever since!

“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,” said Nick Delligatti, fourth-generation McDonald’s owner-operator and great-grandson of Jim Delligatti, the inventor of the Big Mac. “August 2 would have been my great-grandfather’s 100th birthday, and I believe he would be very proud knowing his humble sandwich has made such a lasting impression that people all around the world can enjoy it wherever they find a McDonald’s.”

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What’s a MacCoin?

So why a MacCoin to celebrate? The Big Mac has become such a global icon that The Economist created the Big Mac Index, a lighthearted economic tool to compare the purchasing power of different international currencies year after year. Click that link and see how the British Pound stacks up to a US Dollar…in Big Macs.  

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A Coin for Every Decade

The commemorative MacCoins have five unique designs, each representing a decade of Big Mac awesomeness.

·       The 70s: Flower Power
·       The ‘80s: Pop Art
·       The ‘90s: Bold and Abstract
·       The ‘00s: High Tech
·       The ‘10s: Social MediaBig Mac Coin
Of course these coins don’t have any cash value, but they are worth a tasty Big Mac at your local McDonalds, across America and in 50 countries around the globe. Not a bad party favor if I say so myself.

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Here’s a little legalize for you:

Coin is valid for one (1) free Big Mac on a future visit to a participating McDonald’s in the United States and other participating countries only. Visit for a list of participating countries. Expires 12/31/2018. One-time use. Not valid with any other offer, discount, coupon or combo meal. No cash value. Limit one free Big Mac per person per visit. Coin may not be auctioned, sold, or duplicated in any way. Valid when product served. May not be valid for custom orders. Void where prohibited.