Playing A Record With Britain's New £5 Note

October 12, 2016


This is a short video of Youtuber Michael Ridge playing a 7-inch vinyl record with one of Britain's new £5 notes serving as the needle. The bill, released last month, is made of a plastic polymer and is allegedly crumple-proof. It does shrink to a quarter of its size though if you accidentally put one in the dryer in your pant's pocket (picture after the jump). No word if it's only worth £1.25 then.

The new polymer five pound notes have a rather curious ability of being just about able to play vinyl records (with the aid of a contact microphone and small amplifier not shown on screen). As the corners on these new banknotes are more durable and sharper than its paper counterpart it acts like a very crude record needle.

If you haven't already guessed it's playing the 1976 7" vinyl single 'Money, Money, Money' by ABBA.

So yeah, the new note can play a record. So if you're a counterfeiter and about to pass off some new fivers to a merchant with a record player, I recommend turning around and walking away. I remember when I was eight my parents took me to Disneyland and I used one of those machines that presses a penny into a souvenir and my dad was all, "What have you done? You can't deface money, the cops are coming for you!" I was so scared. I still am, which is why I ran away and have been living in the woods ever since.

Keep going for the video, as well as a bill that went through the dryer, complete with disgusting little fingernail for size reference.


Thanks to Jessica C, who plays a record with a diamond ring as a party trick. Oh man, the crowds love that one.

  • What I like about the new Fivers is that I can hide them in my underwear without worrying about the moisture.

  • Pockets?

  • That's no fun!

  • SuperFRANK

    5 pound note, plays a Swedish band, great job loser. Pink Floyd's Money should have been the go-to.

  • Bradical Best

    Cool! we have had Plastic money in Australia since the 90's. It's great because aside from being durable, it rolls up to easily create a convenient drinking straw. For drinking...

  • Bling Nye

    Yo dawg, I heard you like using notes to play notes.

  • Bradical Best

    Yes, but that's strictly off the record.......... :D

  • Patrick

    You can do this also with Canadian money.

  • Bling Nye

    Instructions unclear. Penis stuck in ceiling fan.

  • Ripping off ancient Youtube comments? Come on, man. You're better than that.

  • Bling Nye


  • Patrick

    You skipped a step. First comes the car door.

  • Sławomir Uchto

    I did everything wrong, I came first.

  • Bling Nye


    ...all the toonie did was scratch the shit out of the CD.

  • Patrick

    Did you heat it up over the fire first? The toonie, not the cd..
    I am determined to help you trouble shoot this.

  • Bling Nye

    Tried a loonie, put it on top of the cassette, but still no success. Might need new batteries. Definitely need a new ceiling fan, but one step at a time...

  • GeneralDisorder

    Anyone know what record that is? The song sounds familiar but I can't hear it well it enough to identify.

    Also, plastic monopoly money is kind of neat and all but I'll take the US denim pulp money any day.

  • Bling Nye

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
    ― Dr. Seuss

  • GeneralDisorder

    That sounds like a literal hell. I don't want to go places. Besides if I go somewhere I have to come back. Fuck that.

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