Comparing American and British Money

what are you doing to our cat hi welcome

to the latest episode of halfway planet

and today we're talking money

for I speak no other language that is so

not true it's not what Paul and that's

not true either but when we were in the

United Kingdom we found ourselves having

to use cash for the very reason well you

explain the reason why did we use cash

because whenever we used our card there

would have been a fee like a bank fee

yeah an international fee for the

percentage as opposed to just a set

amount of whatever was that you used it

for so for example we bought coffees

every day which we did most days that we

were there at least one he made it too

but either way we bought coffee is

pretty much every day that we were in

the UK and every time that we use our

card we would have had a percentage fee

for however much the coffee was for but

today because of that we actually came

home with a lot of British cash so we

thought what better opportunity than now

to do a comparison of British and

American money so without further ado

let's make a deposit I'm so sorry about

that so the first one that we have is

the twenty dollar bill and the 20 pound

note so notes versus bills and you can

see they're both for 20

naturallyspeaking and you'll find this

with all of these sort of British

currency you will find the head of the

Queen on there it's not she haven't been


it's just a bust you know the head boss

not the other kind and thus like said

that's throughout all the money but one

thing that British money has in common

is it doesn't just have the queen's head

on it but it has some other faces on it

as well so if I turn this round has the

profile of mr. Adam Smith on the twenty

dollar bill we have Andrew Jackson

anyway we mostly have just presidents or

founding fathers on arms in Ben

Franklin's case I think an interesting

thing as well let's just do a size

comparison a new size and everything but

look at that I think you'll find

actually I think act well this one's

wider and this one's taller so they're

about equal in many ways who cares

right well they're not quite equal I

think right now at the time of filming

it is a dollar 27 to a pound yeah well

yeah in terms of the the exchange rate

they're not evil that's that's

definitely for sure let's go down in

descending numerical order and I should

point out we don't have any hundred or

fifty dollar bills or pound notes just

because we can't afford them but the

next one is a ten dollar bill something

that I I notice instantly about the ten

dollar bill and the twenty dollar bill

and just sort of All American bills is

there's kind of a grin leanness to them

I had to get that word in there they're

all of a certain colour there are some

different shadings and different

colorings on them whereas the British

money the difference is quite noticeable

I think throughout so you have this is

the ten pound note you have sort of

orangey colors on that one and a purple

color on that one they're all kind of

pastel either yes yeah I suppose so yeah

and on this one as of quite recently we

have Miss Jane Austen right there on the

back of it I think she's quite knew she

was added what is in the last five years

I think yeah but his is an interesting

comparison that the further down the

smaller we get the smaller the banknotes

get as well so now the ten dollar bill

is absolutely destroying the the ten

pound notes I've never really thought

about that before but it is true we do

shrink down the bill another new feature

that I quite like about some of the

smaller money is that you can actually

see through it and what is it made out

of it's made out of polymer this is a

new feature for I think it's the ten and

the five pound note this polymer feels

very shiny is very hard to tear this in

half and also you could in theory put it

in the washing machine and it would be

absolutely fine at least that's what I'm

told I haven't tried it yet maybe I'll

take that risk somewhere down the line

and speaking of somewhere down the line

I think we're moving on to the next one

oh look it's another green bill so yes

all the the major American bills do

carry that tendency this one of course

Hoover gone the front of that mr.

Abraham Lincoln the last one was


away oh yes we didn't mention president

Hamilton president not person another

founder whereas ours has obviously the

Queen again on the front be turnaround

if we got

oh it's Winston Churchill say hello to

that oh look at that Churchill and

Lincoln that have been a dream team of

sorts depending on your politics so and

this one again this one actually more

goes along with your color scheme

doesn't it yeah bluey green but not very

pastel it is and it is a tad smaller

than the ten pound note and of course

very much more than the five dollar bill

I don't remember from from memory

because that's how you remember things

and whether all of the American bills

are exactly the same size could you pass

me a couple of those just do a quick the

same size yeah they're the same size so

that's definitely a difference I've not

considered actually until we started

making this video right now we did have

a list of things we wanted to cover but

that was not one of them so bonus okay

let's move on to our next value as we

just said so you do have the dollar bill

again it fits that same size as all of

the other sort of American bills I'm not

gonna bring out a note here I'm gonna

bring out a coin right there we have a

pound coin we don't actually have notes


I didn't know that yeah I was reading

about that recently something I should

say about this is in fact this the pound

coin did not look like this when I last

lived in the United Kingdom it was just

a gold coin there was no sort of silver

middle part to it but what I should say

and you don't really have an equivalent

of this here is a coin that represents

two pounds sterling and they're kind of

brother and sister look at that they're

both got the sort of gold and silver

thing and the the two pound coin always

had that in my lifetime this was

introduced and he always had that sort

of gold ring to it with the silver in

the middle the pound didn't but I think

they tried to marry them up the only

thing I would say though is if you look

very closely this isn't completely round

there's sort of some edges to it whereas

the two pound coin is entirely circular

so it's it's little things like that

that just filled my heart with nerdy

Joey now there did used to be two dollar

notes oh did that yeah yeah so they've

gone they've gone away right I don't

remember the last time that I had one I

think and then they were still pretty

much obsolete you could still use them

as money but I'm pretty sure I had a few

of them in high school that you know

would go into circulation and out of



but now that we've got past the one

dollar amount I think we're going to get

into the coins on the US side aren't we

so you don't have an equivalent of this

one but this is the quarter and you can

see it has Washington on the front of it

and this is actually a special edition

quarter so on the back it has one of the

50 states and I think in this one it's


it has Missouri on it so yeah the Ozarks

Missouri but there every state has one

of those quarters and just for our

non-american view is how much is a

quarter 25 cents right there so yeah we

do not have a equivalent coin in the

United Kingdom to denote 25 pence we do

have the 20 pence but before we get onto

that I want to hold up a coin we're

gonna get to here in just a minute

that's quite like the quarter in fact

it's almost exactly like it isn't it

let's get a little closer this is the 10

P I suppose I've shifted around a bit

here so we'll we'll cover this now this

is the ten pence coin roughly the same

size I thought the only difference is

you may not be able to see here but the

ten pence is actually slightly thicker

than the quarter obviously different

value but the the closest thing we have

in value I suppose to the quarter is the

20 pence it's actually a 7 sided coin

the 20 pence but you know what I

actually skipped one and the reason I

skipped one is because you don't really

have an equivalent of this in American

money this is kind of like the the

midway point I suppose between zero and

a dollar or a pound in this case and

it's the 50 pence coin and the 50 pence

just like the 20 pence also has seven

sides it's just quite a bit bigger I

always like this one it was easy to find

in your pocket at any one time

and I'm glad to see they haven't changed

the fifty pence you know what though I

think I think they might use to have

been bigger


but what's the next coin on the American

yeah it's not the smallest in number but

certainly the smallest in size and that

is the dime the dime has ten cents and

it has Franklin Delano Roosevelt

president on it very interesting that

this actually brings me on to my next

coin since we've already covered at the

ten pence but once again we have a coin

that's not dissimilar to the Dyne let's

hold them up closer this is the five

pence coin you probably start to see a

trend here if we have a coin that's like

America's is probably worth less and

something else I should say and I didn't

say this about all of the coins is you

don't have any other sort of peripheral

figures if peripheral is the right word

but you do have the Queen on the back of

all of these and yeah very much like the

dime and I've often confused them in

fact cuz we did have a few of these

kicking around after we moved to the US

and I think I once got away with using

one of these in a shop here in the u.s.

oh I've done it so many times I can't

count any more numbers like this it's

crazy so we have Jefferson on the nickel

and the nickel is worth five cents and

this is a new edition Nicole I want you

to look at it because it's got Jefferson

but he's kind of like facing you and

it's a little bit creepy let's have a

look he is a bit he's a bit of a

handsome man the winning oh it's creepy

yeah it's not I love these things though

like the I like the new nickel I'm

partial to it

over the old one but yeah he it like if

you look at it in a certain way it kind

of looks like he's looking at you know

one common theme that you'll see on both

some notes and some of the coinage is

that on the backs of some of these then

you have the monuments they go along

with them so in this case Monticello is

on the back which is what Jefferson's

house was but then also on the five

dollar note on the back you have the

Lincoln Memorial


we are down with the penultimate coins

and in this case we're talking about the

sort of coppery colored coins that might

sound odd to an American hearing that

the copper coins are in this sort of

penultimate section because there's only

one in the US whereas there are two

let's get our coins up and let's do a

bit of compare and contrast what have

you got there we'll all it is and

another way of putting that is what

percent whereas well I'm gonna get my

biggest one our first coin don't get

worried and it's this thing it's much

bigger than that is slightly worth more

but only just this is the two pence coin

it's quite an old one I think this is

this used to be as sort of shiny as the

one Tara has there don't you think the

two pence coins are starting to go out

of fashion I think all cash is for the

most part that's in both countries I

think that we're moving away from sort

of you know cash usage towards sort of

cards or contactless payments in the UK

but nonetheless since we do have it it's

it's interesting to do a comparison this

one this very 2p coin is very special to

me it's from 1981 it's the year I was

born this is as old as me 2016 so it is

a baby but I do have quite a new one and

this this these these can be friends

they're almost the same size I think the

1p coin is actually slightly bigger than

a cent but it was this would born made

in 2016 as well they are their blood

brothers without the blood or the gender

what about in America do you think

America is moving toward a house move

towards a cashless society to some

extent yeah for sure I mean if you think

about just the way that we go through

our daily lives we use our card for

pretty much anything I don't remember

the last time that I got money out that

wasn't for this video

or just for like our weekly laundry yeah

the one exception you might point out

some cities including Chicago is quite

big on this a lot of restaurants and

places like that do weirdly stick to


a cash-only rule but they're they're

more the outlier I think in this this

particular scenario and so you know what

are the alternatives well like we said

it in Britain

you know they mostly moved a lot of

people have moved to this sort of

contactless method of payment and that

you can achieve through your phone if

you're going to purchase don't touch

anything and that's supposed to be a

secure way of doing things it's not

really taken off yet that in the United

States but there are movements toward

doing so just this year I think in banks

across the East Coast and beyond so that

should be interesting to see if that

comes about thank you for joining us for

this video today was very nice too was

nice to hold this amount of money in our

hands doesn't happen often what are you

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