Have you found a New Ten Pound Note yet?
The new ten pound note will be issued today – 14 September 2017. Soon they’ll be old news but today and in the coming days and weeks the notes leave cash centres around the country and enter general circulation. Customers can continue to spend paper ten pound notes as usual and these will be gradually withdrawn as they are banked. Legal tender status of the paper ten pound note featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in Spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.
Speaking at Winchester Cathedral, the resting place of Jane Austen, 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 ten pound 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 new ten pound note will be printed on polymer, making it safer, stronger and cleaner. The note will also include a new tactile feature on the new Ten Pound to help the visually impaired, ensuring the nation’s money is as inclusive as possible.”
Security features on the new £10 note include:
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 letter 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.
Victoria Cleland, the Bank’s Chief Cashier, said: “The new £10 note marks the next exciting step in our introduction of cleaner, safer, stronger polymer banknotes, and I am grateful to the cash industry for their work towards a smooth transition. I am delighted that the Jane Austen £10 note incorporates an innovative tactile feature, which I hope will greatly benefit blind and partially sighted users.”
As announced in July 2013, the note will celebrate the achievements of Jane Austen. The design includes:
The quote – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI).
Portrait of Jane Austen. An engraving by William Home Lizars that was commissioned by her family and based upon an original sketch of Jane Austen drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen.
An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking “The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988).
The image of Godmersham Park. Godmersham was home of Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen’s brother. Jane Austen visited the house often and it is believed that it was the inspiration for a number of her novels.
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.
Further details about The New £10 Note can be found on www.thenewten.co.uk