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# How do American blind people tell the difference in their dollar bill banknotes, as they all appear to be the same size and the same texture? Can anyone enlighten me?

Question #15715. Asked by ebonyuk. (Jan 05 02 7:42 PM)

Brainy Blonde

Currently there is nothing done to American bills that help blind, or visually impaired people. They are however, working on it. There are many ideas that have to be tested to determine which one would work best and be cost efficient at the same time.

So, until they make a decision, I imagine blind people work out some kind of system that works best for them. See the following sites:
http://www.ustreas.gov/opc/opc0034.html#braillemarkings

http://www.bep.treas.gov/document.cfm/18/127

 Jan 06 02, 3:55 PM
ebonyuk

All banknotes in the UK are different sizes therfore it is relativly easy for a blind person to tell the difference between notes. Thanks to brainy blonde for her answer. Have a good new year.

 Jan 06 02, 7:51 PM
zhorik

according to a blind website
Coins such as nickels, pennies, dimes, and quarters are easy to tell apart. They all are different sizes, and quarters and dimes have ridges around them, while pennies and nickels are smooth. There are many ways that paper money—like one, five, ten, or twenty dollar bills—can be identified. Some blind people like to keep different bills in separate places in their wallets, especially if it is a larger bill that they perhaps do not often carry with them. The most common way to tell paper money apart is to fold the bills in different ways. Each person will have his or her own way of folding them; there is no standard for everyone. Maybe a five dollar bill is folded in half the long way, and a ten dollar bill is folded in half the short way. Or maybe the ten is folded twice. A one dollar bill might be folded one way or not folded at all. Or maybe a twenty dollar bill is folded in fourths or not at all. Everyone uses his or her own methods. When we get money back from someone else, we ask which bill is which and then fold it.

 Apr 10 06, 1:38 AM
reddernu

There is what is called the corduroy coat method, although most may use electronic readers, dating from the 1930's. This method is another way to spot counterfeit bills.
Lay a bill on a flat surface and, with a fingernail, scrape the coat of the person pictured from the shoulder toward the waist. If it is genuine, you will feel ridges embossed into the cotton fabric of the bill. With a little practice you need only use a fingertip to identify the different size and shape of the coats, thus the denomination, even in the dark.

Also see Question #58777.

 Jan 16 08, 8:31 PM

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