Earlier in the week, the Canadian government condemned the actions of scores of people who defaced the country’s currency to memorialize screen legend Leonard Nimoy.

Star Trek fans commemorated the late thespian by adding facial features to the man who appears on the Bank of Canada’s five dollar bill, Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier, morphing the former lawmaker into the USS Enterprise‘s pointy-eared extraterrestrial.

Some Americans were upset they hadn’t thought of the idea.

Croatians also took Canadians’ cue:

In response to the mass “spocking,” the Bank of Canada issued a message, not declaring the act illegal, but imploring citizens not to deface their fiat currency because “national pride”:

“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.”

The Bank of Canada’s attempt to Vulcan death grip citizens’ creative remembrance of Nimoy is humorous given that the fiat paper money, like the US Dollar, holds no intrinsic value.

“The Canadian Dollar, among a long list of other currencies around the world, is no longer backed by gold,” writes Chris Ferreira for Economic Reason. “No gold, silver–nada is backing the value of the Canadian Dollar. The Gold Standard for the Canadian Dollar was officially abandoned on April 10th, 1933.”

So, the bank is essentially asking people not to deface money whose only value comes from the good faith placed in it by the Canadian people.

Good luck with that.


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