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17 Feb 2021

Rolling Along on Canadian Tires

| Mokie

When most of us think of a McDonald's character, we think of Ronald McDonald, or the Hamburgler, etc. But in Canada, you might think of Sandy McDonald, the personification of Canadian Tire. Canadian Tire is a chain of stores in Canada that are roughly similar to Walmart and Target (with gasoline).

Canadian Tire also issues scrip depicting Sandy McDonald in denominations of 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1. And $2. You receive your scrip when you make purchases at Canadian Tire and you can only spend your scrip there. One nice feature, even if you make your entire purchase with scrip, you are still issued more scrip based on the total sales value.

The issuing of Canadian Tire scrip began in 1958. At that time, you were given 5% of your purchase in scrip, nowadays it is only 4/10%. The scrip itself has a currency-like feel and appears to have an embedded security strip. I understand that a German citizen printed 11 million worth of counterfeit scrip but was caught before he could travel to Canada. Fun Fact, the only commemorative issued were a 10¢ note issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Confederation and a 10 cent note for the 1976 Montreal Olympics. I just ordered them both. (:

PS - Scrip is no longer issued as scrip is now added to a loyalty card for convenience. Sad!!!!

Comments

CentSearcher

Level 5

That is both very interesting and neat. Thanks for the info!

Mal_ANA_YN

Level 4

Neat looking private currency. Great story!

I. R. Bama

Level 5

We had S&H green stamps, in Cleveland we had Eagle Stamps too. They were gold colored and if my memory is correct had an eagle posed as Lara Garden Fraser's eagle on the reverse of the Alabama Commerative half dollar. Lol! I don't think I could work on tires wearing a Tam O' Shanter

coinsbygary

Level 5

Very sad that they don't issue script anymore. Loyalty cards take all the fun out of it. Do they still redeem the script? The script from your pictures has the look and feel of paper money. Incidentally, Mcdonald's did issue those tokens that NGC graded, lol!

Mokie

Level 6

Gary, from what I've read, they will still accept the scrip if it shows up at the register but when they first issued the cards, they offered to load your scrip on the card for convenience. That was probably a popular option. The notes DO feel like real currency and were printed by the Canadian Banknote Company, mine in 1992. This may send me on a new collecting adventure as their are many issues and different designs to keep me interested.

World_Coin_Nut

Level 5

Cool. I like those. It's amazing how much stuff is out there that I have never seen.

Kepi

Level 6

These are very cool! Our family always enjoyed the old Blue Chip Stamps! Fill those books up! haha Thanks for a fun blog!

Long Beard

Level 5

Thanks for the education on a very interesting and unknown subject. The scope of your numismatic collecting far exceeds anyone else I could think of.

coinfodder

Level 4

Neat. But how will this attract people. This looks like the PM got on a Pennywise the Dancing Clown suit to try to imitate McDonald. That face may give me nightmares.

Mokie

Level 6

LOL, I think I would rather run into Sandy than Ronald in a dark cemetery at midnight, but that's just me.

Longstrider

Level 6

Makes me think of Blue Chip stamps. Same idea. Cool addition to your Canadian stuff. Thanks.

Mokie

Level 6

I guess the big difference between those stamp premiums and this scrip (besides the absence of licking) is that you usually redeemed the stamps at a dedicated third-party showroom while this scrip can only be redeemed in Canadian Tire stores. I am like Mike, used to lick a lot of stamps for Mom and Dad.

Stumpy

Level 5

Love those notes! As for S & H green stamps, we would take the sign that said "We give S & H green stamps", and place it in front of the funeral home every Halloween, it was funny because the sign was huge and blew back and forth in the wind. Hey, I grew up in a small town, you got your fun where you could! Loved this blog!

Mokie

Level 6

ROTFL, That is the best Halloween prank I have ever heard of. AWESOME!!!!!

Golfer

Level 5

Great store. Those must of been the days. I have never heard of this store or script before. I did live near the border with Canada growing up, but don't think I ever saw this store in our travels into Canada. Nice story. Might go check out the script on EBAY for fun. thanks

Mike

Level 7

That reminds me of green stamps. I guess I'm showing my age. My mom would try and fill those books up. . I like these better. The stamps were messy. The bad part is she made me lick them!!. These are easier and I like the designs. Thanks for the memories!

CoinHunter

Level 5

hahaha that made me laugh!

CoinHunter

Level 5

That is very interesting and cool, and like @TheNumisMaster, I never knew this. Thanks for sharing!

TheNumisMaster

Level 5

Interesting!! Never knew this... thanks for sharing! Cya 'round!

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