Since actor Leonard Nimoy’s death on Friday, Feb. 27th, 2015, $5.00 bills in Canada have turned up “Spocked” after there was a campaign to do this was launched. According to the Toronto Sun, the Bank of Canada executives have urged Star Trek fans to stop defacing currency in tribute to Nimoy who played the Star Trek character, Spock. Canada’s seventh prime minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier is on the $5.00 bill.
Large numbers of the notes in circulation now show Laurier with Spock’s pointy ears, trademark haircut and eyebrows, a Star Trek badge and the character’s mantra “live long and prosper.”
The Sun says Bank of Canada spokeswoman, Josianne Menard, has confirmed the stunt is not illegal, but she urges Spock fans to stop. She says in a statement, “It is not illegal to write or make other markings on bank notes… However, there are important reasons why it should not be done. Writing on a bank-note may interfere with the security features and reduces its lifespan. Markings on a note may also prevent it from being accepted in a transaction. Furthermore, the Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride.”