Gimme Some Purple!


If there’s one thing that I found especially satisfying about working for cash in Scotland, it’s the beautifully coloured bank notes. Well, the newer Bank of Scotland and some of the Clydesdale bank ones certainly are. The phrase “Gimme some green” still works here, but as green is the colour of £50 notes and the scarcely seen £1 notes, we don’t see them all that often. What we usually gather during a shift are a bunch of blue fives, goldeny-brown tens and bright purple twenties. Since twenty is the highest denomination, it is especially satisfying to take home a wad of purple at the end of the night. Purple has long been my favourite colour (well, indigo is but purple is a close second) and this has only made it more so.

This is the particular note that we see often that I love. I feel that even without its colour, it would still be beautiful. Honestly, if I ever came across a scarf printed version of it similar to these US dollar style ones, I probably wouldn’t be able to resist getting it.



We see this one a lot too, but less frequently. It’s also worth £20 and very purple, but I find it less ascetically pleasing for some reason. It’s no wonder that the English are often suspicious of Scottish bank notes considering each bank makes it’s own notes and doesn’t change them infrequently either. Still, it makes handling Scottish notes a fair bit more interesting.


Also, English £20 notes seem to have a good old touch of purple as well. It seems the number twenty just seems to equate to “purple” on this island.



Too bad they’ve all dropped 17% in value since June.. Cheers Brexit voters.