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NGC to Grade McDonald’s MacCoin Tokens

by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation….

NGC ran a metallurgical analysis on one of the tokens celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac.

The world’s newest “currency” is the MacCoin, released August 2, 2018, through the global fast food restaurant McDonald’s. NGC, the world’s largest third-party grading service for coins, medals and tokens, has already begun to receive MacCoins for certification.

2018 McDonald's MacCoin, 90s Abstract Art, graded NGC MS 68.
2018 McDonald’s MacCoin, 90s Abstract Art, graded NGC MS 68.

The tokens are available at McDonald’s restaurants with the purchase of a Big Mac, and can be redeemed for a Big Mac in more than 50 countries through the end of 2018. They celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Big Mac, the iconic hamburger that was introduced in the Pittsburgh area in 1967 and nationwide in 1968.

The obverse of the MacCoin shows a “50” at center with the denomination, “1 Big Mac,” above it and a small McDonald’s logo below it. Around the perimeter are the words “Valid Thru” in English and their equivalent in six other languages: Arabic, Indonesian, Mandarin, Portuguese, French and Spanish, along with the year, 2018.

MacCoins are being issued with five different reverse designs, one for each decade of the Big Mac.

NGC examined a MacCoin in its X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer, and determined it to be brass — or, more precisely, 70 percent copper and 30 percent zinc. The MacCoin has a diameter of 32 mm and weighs 10.9 grams, making it slightly wider and lighter than a Kennedy Half Dollar.

According to McDonalds, more than 6.2 million MacCoins will be distributed.


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NGC was founded in 1987 and has become one of the largest third-party grading services. Their parent company is the Certified Collectibles Group (CCG).

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  1. This has nothing to do with numismatic coins or tokens. I’m sick over this I have been getting and messages all day. It’s a dark day for this hobby were supposed to be collecting coins and tokens with numismatic value. This is a food give way but when organizations can get together and set this up now it’s big money. The label says abstract art can you tell me what a company like NGC is doing involved with this? Let’s look at who wins. NGC for one the people out there getting them by the boxes. These will be sold on eBay. So eBay and pay pal makes out. Who else. Well there is what they call a show coming up you can bet there will be more than on table selling these. So they make out also the people running the show. Who is the loser. The buyer. If they think they can turn these over and get back the fees for grading it will never happen. When the mint puts out a set and those legal coins don’t grade high how can these? Well there not tokens let’s get that straight there
    abstract art. Who ever came up with that is very smart. So now NGC is into grading abstract art a new field but not Numismatics. They have the value of a hamburger that’s it. So send them in spend your money buy the way the fees are not cheep. This is the biggest scam to come along in years. It was well played out the timing everything anyone who pays for these has nothing better to do with there money. How about you give one to the homeless they won’t be in coin magazines there abstract art not tokens. I recommend you get them and leave them in the bag. What a waste of good money.

    • Clearly, this is not everybody’s bag… but this type of marketing is nothing new. Think store cards. I have a Chipotle free burrito token. Worth more than the burrito, so I haven’t spent it.


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