Novelist Jane Austen used wit and satire to provide insights into everyday life among the landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. She rejected the sentimental style of many contemporary writers in favour of irony and cynicism, which she used to highlight the social conventions that constrained women.
Jane began to write when she was just 11 years old, and by the age of 23 she had already drafted early versions of some of her most famous novels including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. All of Jane’s work was published anonymously so, despite the fact her work was generally well received and even became fashionable in some circles, she achieved little recognition until after her death.
2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She is buried at Winchester Cathedral, which appears on the new £10 note.
On the front of the polymer £10 note (the side with raised print), there are two clusters of raised dots in the top left hand corner. This tactile feature helps blind and partially sighted people identify the value of the note.
The polymer £20 will also have a tactile feature, but with a different pattern. The polymer £5 will be identifiable as the only polymer note without a tactile feature.
Polymer notes are cleaner, more secure and last longer than paper notes. They will provide enhanced counterfeit resilience, and increase the quality of notes in circulation.
Polymer notes are resistant to dirt and moisture so stay cleaner far longer than paper notes.
Polymer notes use enhanced security features to make them harder to counterfeit.
Though polymer notes are not indestructible, they can withstand more wear and tear than their paper counterparts and are expected to last at least 2.5 times longer.
The new £10 note is unveiled at Winchester Cathedral.
The new £10 note
The old paper £10 notes will be gradually removed.
Nothing. We will gradually start withdrawing paper £10 notes as they are banked by retailers and businesses. You can continue to use the paper £10 note, featuring Charles Darwin, until it is withdrawn from circulation in Spring 2018. Notice will be given at least 3 months prior to the withdrawal date. Genuine Bank of England notes that have been withdrawn from circulation retain their face value for all time and can be exchanged at the Bank of England.
The polymer £20 note, featuring the artist J.M.W Turner, will be launched in 2020. We have not yet made plans to replace the £50 note featuring Boulton and Watt and we will announce the material for future £50 notes in due course.
We have a range of free educational materials to help retailers identify genuine notes.
In this document we detail the measures you can take to get ready for the new note.
This document runs through the key security features for the new polymer £10 note.
Retailers will also need to update machines that handle cash so they can recognise the new notes.
For more information on how to get your business ready for the new notes, please see our main website.
Notes in circulation
ATMs that dispense £10s
First £10 note introduced in 1759
£10 note designs to date
Polymer banknotes are also more environmentally friendly than paper due to their durability. The Carbon Trust has certified that over their full life cycle, the carbon footprint of a £5 polymer banknote is 16% lower than the £5 paper banknote, while the carbon footprint of a £10 polymer banknote is 8% lower than the £10 paper banknote.
This certification was completed in accordance to the international standard PAS 2050, looking at the full life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions related to the banknotes, including from their production, use in circulation and final disposal.