Here’s your new favourite party trick, Australia. You’re welcome.
The Reserve Bank of Australia announced last year that, for the first time in 15 years, Australia is getting a new $5 note.
A lot of people weren’t stoked about the new design (especially the Queen still being on there), but it comes with a whole new suite of fancy features – one of them being that you can use the currency to play records on a vinyl player.
When you hold the plastic note at a certain angle, it performs the same function as the needle.
The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) gave it a whirl on their Youtube channel – succesully playing ‘Brit’s Blues’ by Red Norvo:
While it’s certainly pretty damn cool, the NFSA recommend you don’t try it out on your favourite records in case it damages them.
The new $5 bills will have a tactile feature to help people with a vision impairment figure out which note is which as well as enhanced security upgrades to help in the fight against counterfeit currency.