Got one of these? Get rid of it NOW!


In case you didn't know, today is the last day that the 'Elgar' £20 note can be used in shops. After today, banks and building societies may handle them at their discretion - if not, you might have to see if the Bank Of England will take it off your hands.

There is still believed to be £1.5 billion worth of these in circulation, so it might be worth checking your pockets and wallets for any right this minute.


  • The B.
    "There is still believed to be £1.5 billion worth of these in circulation" No, there are still believed to be £1.5 billion worth of these in circulation.
  • rolly
    That's very pedantic of you Bob, well done. (That's me being patronising by the way ;))
  • maxtweenie
    Post Offices will always take old notes as payment for goods or services. And your own bank will let you deposit them into your account. I don't know why people make such a fuss about old notes. There's still a few thousand quid from the Great Train Robbery buried somewhere in Bedfordshire.
  • jim
    Have burnt all mine, i just couldn't handle the shame of pulling out an old £20 note in front of people.
  • PokeHerPete
    If anyone still has any I will be happy to replace them for you. Just post them to me and you will receive a new not within the next 5 working years.
  • Chris
    See, we don't have this problem in Scotland... if a shop hands us an English £20 note we'll throw it back in their faces and demand a Scottish £50 for the insult.
  • Peter G.
    Banks have to take them, so no problem
  • PokeHerPete
    Scottish people paying for things in shops? Dont make me laugh!
  • KB
    Peter - wrong... Only the Bank of England have to accept these notes now
  • PokeYerMaw
    English person being a wanker? That's much more believable!
  • I f.
    @ PokeYerMaw Yes because using a Bank of England notes in a Scottish shop is clearly behaviour that could be described as 'being a wanker'.
  • PokeHerPete
    Hah! Im nigerian
  • Codify
    wtf is dis real? i've got loads of those in my mattress. time to get spending...
  • Jack
    Grrr, only those shitty Euro style notes, I hate them. Still, better than the monopoly money that comes over here from Scotland and NI.
  • maxtweenie
    Did you know that Scottish bank notes aren't even legal tender in Scotland. The only notes that are legal tender in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are those issued by the Bank of England.
  • Nobby
    > Did you know that Scottish bank notes aren’t even legal tender in Scotland. Yes, I did. Although I rarely use legal tender anyway. I usually pay with a credit or debit card for anything more than a quid or so.
  • H A.
    I think you'll find that no bank notes are 'legal tender' in Scotland, no matter where they come from. And Scottish notes may not be legal tender in England, but they are legal currency.
  • Wood B.
    I got one of these £20 notes from a cash machine today! What an absolute piss take! Is it only banks that will accept this for certain now?

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