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Spock’s Canadian fans mark up money

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Executives at Canada’s central bank have urged Star Trek fans to stop a campaign to deface currency as a tribute to late actor Leonard Nimoy.

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

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”.

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Bank of Canada spokeswoman Josianne Menard has confirmed the stunt is not illegal, but she urges Spock fans to stop.

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Actor Leonard Nimoy as Star Trek’s Mr Spock. Photo: AAP

“It is not illegal to write or make other markings on bank notes…however, there are important reasons why it should not be done,” Ms Menard said in a statement.

“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.”

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