‘Star Trek’ fans told to stop ‘Spocking’ Canadian $5 bill

Bank of Canada executives have urged Star Trek fans to stop a campaign to deface currency as a tribute to late actor Leonard Nimoy.

A drive was launched in the aftermath of Nimoy’s death on Friday to ink the features of his most famous character, Star Trek’s Mr. Spock, on five dollar bills showing a portrait of Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier

  • DVult

    What’s the harm? It seems pretty clever to me and all in good fun. It does look like Spock.

    • Exile1981

      The down side is it is a felony to deface money in Canada.

      • DVult

        What about refacing?

        • Exile1981

          Technically the law actually says coins can not be defaced, modified or bent etc. etc. It never actually says bills, though some lawyers have argued that it is implied to mean bills as well. To add to the confusion the last update to the currency act was in 2012. Having read it; it does mention coins and bills but only coins as far as the crime portion.

          The Canadian mint has an official response saying it defames the pride of the nation and they see it as a crime because you don’t own the bills they do.

          According to the records on line no one has ever been charged under the act except for a few people who shaved silver coins back in the early days – when coins actually contained silver.

          • DD_Austin

            defames the pride of the nation?
            They own the bills?

            Herbert is alive and well, and living in Ottawa


          • Torn money, I have read, can be redeemed for whichever portion is not destroyed.

          • Exile1981

            Technically if both serial numbers are still on your portion it is considered legal tender; anything less and yes it can be redeemed for a portion of the value based on what remains.

          • I had read that it is worth whatever remains (one-half, one-third, ect).

        • Xavier


      • Frau Katze

        I read that it wasn’t (not that I’ve done anything myself…strictly using debit cards these days).

      • Since they criminalized me I no longer recognize the government of Canada.

        • Are we forming our own state? Can I have a cool title and a cooler car?

          • Exile1981

            I want a title too. Can I minister of hidden things?

          • I guess so. But you should probably bribe me, just to be sure.

          • Exile1981

            How about a cool cape? Red or black or would you prefer lime green?

          • Don’t know as I want a cape. Money, preferably. Can’t go wrong with money.

        • Exile1981

          I assume your referring to the CISiS article about them being more worried about anti-islam sites than they are about islamic terrorists?

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    That’s awesome!
    I rarely get to see a five dollar bill since I got married.
    My daughter asked me for five bucks the other day.
    I said I don’t have any money, I’m married with kids.

    • Frau Katze

      I haven’t seen one lately either.

  • Tom Forsythe

    The drawing of Laurier doesn’t really look Laurier. But when I draw my own money, which has a much closer resemblance, I get into trouble.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Live long and prosper, eh!

    Funny gag. Sir Laurier makes a convincing Spock.

  • Hard Little Machine

    This is why they need plastic money, like Australia

    • Exile1981

      We have plastic money, in fact the fives they show in the picture are in the process of being removed from circulation. Banks are required to not re-issue them when they come in.

  • Xavier

    Oh come on. Worn bills are burned and replaced by the millions every year. What harm could this do?

    • Minicapt

      All the Bank of Canada needs to do is announce that defacing the image on any bill makes it unusable in a commercial transaction.


  • Sir Wilfred Laurier was a Vulcan?

    We’re through the looking glass here, people.