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Despite one or the other is singing swan songs on the use of notes and coins, physical cash still is in great demand as a means of payment and a store of value in many countries around the world. I discuss the available evidence on illicit cash uses - sometimes called the dark side of cash - and the economic cost of making cash payments. Privacy, security, inclusiveness and reliability constitute some of the advantages of using cash and are therefore introduced as the bright side of cash. Weighing the arguments I conclude that cash will play a role in the future of money.