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New Textured Bills from Bank of England

Bank notes with textured markings have been making their way into currencies around the world to increase accessibility for people with visual impairment. Recently the Bank of England announced that “it will add four clusters of raised dots to the top-left corner of its new 50₤ note, meaning that all the notes in circulation in the U.K. will be distinguishable to people who are blind or partially sighted.” The U.K. is the latest nation to add this feature to all of its bank notes to make them accessible – already a feature in Australian and Canadian dollars and the euro. Accessibility advocates in the United States have been urging the U.S. Treasury Department to adopt similar changes. Read about it in The Wall Street Journal here.