What are MacCoins?
These MacCoins aren't just a cheap way to house two Big Macs consecutively. They're also collector's items -- like stamps, or a celebrity's hair, or old school Happy Meal toys. It's specifically a coin as an allusion to the famed Big Mac Index, an economic tool invented by The Economist that uses the price of the Big Mac to compare the purchasing power of different international currencies.
The coins will showcase five different designs, one for each of the Big Mac's decades, with shoutouts to the art, music, and pop culture of the period, and they'll also feature seven languages -- Arabic, English, Indonesian, Mandarin, Portuguese, French, and Spanish -- along the rim of the coin in tribute to the variety of countries participating.
Here's a breakdown of the cultural references on the five coins, as described by McDonald's: the ‘70s, showcasing the decade’s flower power; the ‘80s alluding to pop art; the ‘90s defined with 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.
Still, the greatest tribute of all might be eating two Big Macs in a row.