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The Size of Money


Since each denomination of U.S. Dollars are of the same size, texture, and mostly color, the seeing impaired and blind have difficulty handling bills from the United States.

On the other hand, European bills, called Euros, have a unique size and color for each denomination. Thus, Euros are much more distinguishable to the seeing impaired and blind.


I am actually surprised with all the political correctness laws that the United States of America has that the differentiation of U.S. Dollars for the blind has not happened yet. I know there has been some resistance for this change, since cash registers, wallets, ATMs, and vending machines would have to be retrofitted or replaced if new bills of different sizes are introduced. However, just adding some braille writing to the bills and changing to unique colors would have a major impact while minimizing costs and resistance for this change.

Furthermore, changing the size of each denomination of cash has stirred the economies of other countries. Something that can only help, since the the United States of America may have entered a period of stagnation.

If the United States of America changes the size of their cash, then they should not make the same mistake as their coins. The United States is the only country that I know of that have coins that are worth more that but are smaller in size of other coins. For example, the U.S. dime or 10 cents is significantly smaller than the U.S. penny or 1 cent and the U.S. nickel or 5 cents. This has continuous confused visitors to the U.S., and even has resulted in some minor ridicule and jokes.

Therefore, please contact your congressman or woman, and ask for U.S. bills to be differentiable for the seeing impaired and blind.

by Phil for Humanity
on 20070526

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