Canada’s Central Bank Requests End To Defacing of Debasing Canadian Dollar

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by Mark O’Byrne, via

– From “Spocking” in Canada to overtly political imagery in Greece, paper currency is growing in popularity
– Outpouring of affection for Leonard Nimoy has inspired the phenomenon of “Spocking” in Canada
– Greek artist Stefanos alters euro notes to deliver a political message
– Defacing notes is illegal and a criminal offence in the EU, U.S. and most countries
– Disgruntled citizens defaming already debasing currencies … this may catch on …

The death of Leonard Nimoy inspired a wonderful outpouring of affection across the world, and possibly beyond.

Nimoy was best known for playing the role of Dr. Spock in Star Trek, possibly the most beloved character in the sci-fi genre for several generations.

From our point of view, with our interest in the nature and history of money, the most interesting of these expressions is the resurgence of the phenomenon of “Spocking” in Canada.

“Spocking” is the act of defacing the Canadian $5 note by superimposing the likeness of the half-Vulcan doctor onto the image of former prime minister, Sir Wilfred Laurier. There is quite a resemblance and therefore not much art is required to transform the former prime minister into the beloved Dr. Spock.

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