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LONDON — The Bank of England on Tuesday unveiled the design of
the new £10 note, the latest in a series of brand new polymer
notes being brought into circulation by Britain’s central bank.
In a ceremony at Winchester Cathedral, BoE Governor Mark Carney
presented the new note, featuring an image of the author Jane
Austen. Tuesday marks 200 years since Austen’s death.
“Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully
today as they did when they were first published,” Carney said in
The new note will come into circulation on September 14, and like
the polymer £5 will be both more durable and harder to
counterfeit than cotton notes, but will be prone to sticking
together at first. The polymer material sparked outrage among the
vegan community after it emerged that it contained
a tiny amount of tallow, a substance derived from
“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,” the Bank of England’s chief cashier Victoria Cleland
said in a statement.
One new feature of the note that has never been seen before in
British bank notes is a so-called “tactile feature” which will
allow the blind and partially sighted to identify the notes more
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Austen’s image is accompanied by a quote from Pride and
Prejudice: “I declare after all that there is no enjoyment
has caused some consternation in some circles on the
In its original context, the
character who utters the words, Caroline Bingley, is being more
than a little disingenuous. Bingley has no real interest in
literature and instead pretends to be an avid reader to attract
the attentions of the book’s heartthrob, Mr Darcy.
The currently circulated £10 notes cease to be legal tender
in the Spring of 2018.