The £10 note featuring Jane Austen goes into circulation from today

Gladys Abbott
September 14, 2017

Just over one billion polymer £10 notes have been printed ready for issue and they will start to appear in wallets as the notes leave cash centres around the country and enter general circulation.

Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen has a family tree firmly rooted in the county, with strong links to the Ashford borough.

That's where Austen is buried-and where BOE Governor Mark Carney unveiled the new note.

Apart from being able to survive the washing machine and being hard to tear, it is the first British banknote with tactile information which helps blind and partially blind people identify its value.

The new note also features a drawing of Godmersham Park.

The Bank of England won't confirm which cash machines and bank branches will have the first new notes, although major towns and cities will receive them before rural areas. It is wonderful to see the inspirational author Jane Austen celebrated on the new £10, and even more poignant being launched during the 200th anniversary of her death.

From today, (Thursday 14 September 2017), the new polymer tenner will replace the current paper £10 note, which features scientist Charles Darwin.

The paper fiver is no longer legal tender, and once the new £10 note enters circulation, its paper predecessor will be withdrawn from circulation in Spring 2018. Austen's novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published.

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The exact date will be announced at least three months in advance.

Anyone wanting to exchange a note will usually need to be a customer of that particular bank.

The new note is the first United Kingdom banknote with a tactile feature to support blind and partially sighted users.

The £20 note will be the next to be updated in 2020.

These polymer notes have courted controversy for their use of animal fat - known as tallow - in the production process.

The note contains sophisticated security features which make it very hard to counterfeit.

These include a see-through window behind the Queen's portrait, a quill at the side of window which changes from purple to orange and Winchester Cathedral shown in gold on the front and silver on the back.

A hologram which contains the word "Ten" and changes to "Pounds" when the note is tilted.

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