New £10 note design unveiled

Jul 20, 2017, 00:48
New £10 note design unveiled

The 10-pound note will be made of the same material as the recently released 5-pound note, which means it also contains some animal fat.

The Telegraph notes that Austen "will be the only woman - apart from the Queen - to be featured on an English bank note, following the withdrawal of the old £5 notes, which featured Elizabeth Fry, in May".

While this is a lovely quote, and had Austen ever said it, it would have been a ideal fit, the words were never actually spoken by the author - instead it was a quote from one of her most renowned novels, Pride and Prejudice.

According to The Bank of England, the £10 note contains sophisticated security features that will make it very hard to counterfeit.

The note is a part of the initial batch of the new "tenner" notes which will be made available to the public from September 14 this year. At first glance, that reads as a perfectly appropriate inscription for this particular banknote, but alas, as The Guardian notes, the quote is actually attributed to Pride And Prejudice character Caroline Bingley, who didn't care for reading.

Bank notes are already in tiered sizes, and have bold numerals, raised print and differing colours to help blind and partially sighted people. It's an author publicity portrait painted after she died in which she's been given the Georgian equivalent of an airbrushing-she's been subtly 'improved.'"Portrait of Jane Austen dated 1810".

Getty Images New ten pound note 2017 The Jane Austen note features a quote from Pride & Prejudice
Getty Images New ten pound note 2017 The Jane Austen note features a quote from Pride & Prejudice

So this seemingly thoughtless quote isn't helping the Bank of England's case. "Austen's novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published", he added.

Carney unveiled the new tender on July 18, 2017, a day that marks the 200th anniversary of the Pride & Prejudice author's death.

Meanwhile, a limited supply of a new £2 coin honouring Jane Austen has been put into circulation by the Royal Mint.

The central bank has printed an initial run of a billion of the new notes, which are known in Britain as "tenners".

Apart from Queen Elizabeth II, whose portrait is on all United Kingdom currency, Austen is only the third woman to feature on a modern-day British bank note, after medical innovator Florence Nightingale and social reformer Elizabeth Fry.

Polymer is a thin, flexible plastic film that is seen as more durable and secure and is used also for notes in Australia and Canada.

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