Recognising money – part two

A two part guide to recognizing different amounts of money for those with sight loss.


In this video the focus is on supporting people with visual impairments to handle money effectively. The video discusses various techniques and technologies to identify different denominations of currency.

For individuals with visual impairments, recognising money can be challenging, but in the UK, there are different denominations that can aid them. One method shared is using their fingers to gauge the size of the notes. By comparing the notes to the size of their fingers, they can identify the denominations. For example, Mark’s wedding finger is the same size as a five-pound note, while their index finger corresponds to a ten-pound note, and their middle finger matches a twenty-pound note.

Another approach is to use a plastic gauge with steps that can hold the notes, and the position where the note stops will reveal its denomination. Additionally, there is a device called Bank Note by Cobalt, which operates similarly to the plastic gauge. Users insert the note into the unit, press a button, and the device will vibrate a specific number of times to indicate the denomination – three vibrations for a twenty-pound note, two for a ten-pound note, and one for a five-pound note.

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