Thursday, 14 September 2017

New £10 note featuring novelist Jane Austen enters circulation



The new £10 note featuring novelist Jane Austen has entered circulation - marking a return of a woman in addition to the Queen on Bank of England notes.

 
The launch comes after a four-month period when women, apart from the Queen, have not been represented on the Bank's notes.


The last was the £5 note featuring reformer Elizabeth Fry which was replaced by a Winston Churchill fiver.


The new £10 note is made of polymer and includes raised dots for blind people.


It replaces the paper £10 note, with the portrait of naturalist Charles Darwin, which will still be accepted in the shops until Spring 2018. The exact date of withdrawal will be published three months in advance.


"Our banknotes serve as repositories of the country's collective memory, promoting awareness of the UK's glorious history and highlighting the contributions of its greatest citizens," said Bank of England governor Mark Carney.


"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," he said.


Scottish banknotes can be issued by a number of banks. They will launch their new £10 notes into circulation in the coming weeks.


The representation of women has continued on Scottish notes, with doctor and suffragist Elsie Inglis still the face of Clydesdale Bank's £50 note.

Security features of new £10 note:

  • A see-through window featuring the Queen's portrait
  • Winchester Cathedral shown in gold foil on the front of the note and silver on the back
  • A quill at the side of the window which changes from purple to orange
  • A hologram which contains the word "Ten" and changes to "Pounds" when the note is tilted
  • A hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-coloured when the note is tilted
  • A book-shaped copper foil patch which contains the letters JA
  • Micro-lettering beneath the Queen's portrait with tiny letters and numbers that are visible under a microscope
  • The words "Bank of England" printed in intaglio (raised ink) along the top of the note
 
 
 
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