Yesterday, Tuesday 18th July 2017, saw the unveiling of the new £10 note.
The note, next in the series from the polymer £5 note, features a portrait of Jane Austen and is due to enter circulation on Thursday 14th September 2017.
Along with the note, a limited number of the new £2 coin, also featuring Jane Austen, are also being circulated.
Despite a petition, with over 100,000 signatures, the new polymer note will be made from the same material as the £5 note (containing animal fats), sparking fury amongst vegan and religious groups.
The smaller note, commemorating 200 years since the death of Jane Austen, features the quote “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”
Mark Carney, Bank of England Governor explains the choice: “It captures much of Jane Austen’s spirit, at least in my mind. It draws out some of the essence of some of her social satire and her insight into people’s character. So it works on multiple levels.”
The new polymer £20 note is set to be issued by 2020.
– A transparent window featuring the Queen’s portrait.
– On the front of the note, Winchester Cathedral is in gold foil, and silver foil on the back.
– A quill that changes from purple to orange.
– A hologram that when tilted, changes from “Ten” to “Pounds”.
– A 3D hologram of the coronation crown that changes to multicoloured when tilted.
– A copper foil book that has the letters JA.
– Micro letters beneath the Queen’s portrait.
– “Bank of England” printed in raised ink along the top of the note.
There is also a feature that will aid visually impaired people; Raised dots in the top left hand corner of the note, that were developed with the help of the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
In May, the Bank of Scotland unveiled their new £10 note design featuring Sir Walter Scott alongside the Mound in Edinburgh on the front, and on the back the Glenfinnan Viaduct. It also features a steam locomotive and is due to be circulated in the autumn.
The new £10 notes are expected to last five years, double the current life expectancy of two and a half years.