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New £10 note launches 14th September


The new, plastic £10 note was formally unveiled on the 18th July 2017, the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and will feature the world-renowned author

Jane Austen died in Winchester in 1817 and is buried in the North aisle of the Cathedral. Speaking at Winchester Cathedral, the Governor said: “Our banknotes serve as repositories of the country’s collective memory, promoting awareness of the United Kingdom’s glorious history and highlighting the contributions of its greatest citizens.  The new £10 note celebrates Jane Austen’s work.  Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published.”

The note will be printed on polymer and is the first Bank of England note with a tactile feature to help blind and partially sighted users. The paper £10 note is the oldest Bank of England note currently in circulation, whilst the new £10 note is cleaner, safer and is expected to be 2.5 times stronger. It joins the Churchill £5 note and there will also be an additional £20 note featuring J.M.W Turner in 2020.

The new note contains sophisticated security features, therefore it will be very difficult to counterfeit. It will be smaller than the current note but larger than the new £5 note. It will also be made of the same materials, meaning it will have traces of animal fat. However, The Bank of England is currently exploring ways to make its new note tallow-free, saying it will “work closely with banknote polymers suppliers to determine what alternatives might be available”.

After entering general circulation the public will be able to see the new note in the following days and weeks from 14th September 2017. The paper £10 note will gradually be withdrawn as they are banked by retailers and the public. The legal tender status of the paper £10 note featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in Spring 2018, with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.

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