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First, we saw the new polymer five-pound note replace the paper version in our wallets, now we wait just 50 days until the release of the new refined ten-pound note.

The Bank of England have revealed the plastic tenner will be released into circulation on September 17, 2017, and will withdraw the paper £10 note featuring Charles Darwin in Spring 2018.

The polymer era?

The latest trend of turning all the old English bank notes into a new polymer design stems from the idea that plastic notes are more environmentally friendly, secure and durable. Not to mention, the new added safety features ensure less chances of counterfeit.

There are many benefits to the plastic design; If you have ever forgot about the ten pound note that you left in your jean pocket before throwing them in the washing machine, there is no more need to worry; polymer notes are more resilient and last at least 2.5 times longer than the regular paper note we have been used to.

The new polymer £20 note, featuring artist J.M.W Turner is expected to make an appearance in 2020.

Jane Austen makes the first woman on the reverse side on English bank note

Other than the Queen, Jane Austen has been chosen as the first woman to make it on a bank note. Austen’s incredible influence over British literature has left her publications wowing the nation 200 years later.

Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, released his speech at Winchester Cathedral on July 18, that the new ten-pound note will feature the portrait of Jane Austen. The announcement was delivered on the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death at a building that was once admired by Austen herself and now commemorates her legacy.

Mr. Carney said,

“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. “

However, Jane Austen fans have criticized the quote used on the note from Austen’s famous Pride and Prejudice novel that reads, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment but reading!”

Fans are outraged that a quote from character, Caroline Bingley, who detested reading, has been used as a dedication to Austen and her passion for literature.


Other new £10 note features include:

More celebrations of Austen’s work:

  • An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking “The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”
  • An image of Godmersham Park, the home of Austen’s Brother and inspiration, Edwards Austen Knight.
  • Jane Austen’s writing table – the central design in the background is inspired by the 12-sided writing table, and writing quills, used by Jane Austen at Chawton Cottage.


Security features such as:

  • 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.


The note also has elements for vision impaired people including, a series of raised dots are allocated in the top left-hand corner, tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.


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