For Big Mac's 50th anniversary, McDonald's is giving away free burgers

Credit PA

Credit PA

It's not exactly pennies from heaven, but McDonald's is planning to make it rain coins to celebrate the Big Mac's 50th anniversary.

McDonald's is rolling out five commemorative coins that have designs each representing a decade of Big Mac by pulling in history, art, music and pop culture from the different time periods.

The Rubik's cube, the Blarney stone, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Big Mac.

Starting August 2, customers will receive a cool limited-edition collectible metal coin with the purchase of every Big Mac while supplies last. This global connectivity of the Big Mac inspired the creation of the MacCoin. As for how to actually procure a MacCoin, though, the company is a wee bit more vague in a press release: "a variety of exciting giveaways with each participating country celebrating the arrival of the MacCoin in its own unique way". Customers can redeem the MacCoin for a free Big Mac at participating restaurants in the US and in more than 50 countries.

According to McDonald's, 14,000 restaurants in the US will participate in the promotion.

Or, fans can just forgo the freebie and start a collection.

The Big Mac, since it arrived fifty years ago, has become ubiquitous as a mainstay of speedy, beefy goodness.

McDonald's agreed to let Delligatti sell the sandwich at a single location, on the condition that he use the company's standard bun. In Canada alone, sales for the burger, over the last few years specifically, has "gone up a number of percentage points each year", says Grachnik.

"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". It's located on Route 30 in North Huntingdon Township, Westmoreland County, just off the Irwin interchange of the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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