Bank of England presents new 10-pound note

On 18 July 2017 the Bank of England has officially unveiled its new polymer 10-pound note featuring the image of writer Jane Austen (1775-1817) on the back. As it turns out, the leaked image from February 2017 was the actual new image. 

Features of the design on the reverse of the Jane Austen note include:
  • The quote – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI).
  • Portrait of Jane Austen. Commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, adapted from an original sketch of Jane Austen drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen.
  • An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking “The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988).
  • The image of Godmersham Park. Godmersham was home of Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen's brother. Jane Austen visited the house often and it is believed that it was the inspiration for a number of her novels.
  • Jane Austen’s writing table – the central design in the background is inspired by the 12 sided writing table, and writing quills, used by Jane Austen at Chawton Cottage.

The new tactile feature on this note is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the RNIB. This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people: the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.

Security features on the new note include:
  • A see-through window featuring the Queen's portrait.
  • Winchester Cathedral shown in gold foil on the front of the note and silver on the back.
  • A quill at the side of the window which changes from purple to orange.
  • A hologram which contains the word 'Ten' and changes to 'Pounds' when the note is tilted.
  • A hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-coloured when the note is tilted.
  • A book-shaped copper foil patch which contains the letter JA.
  • Micro-lettering beneath the Queen's portrait with tiny letters and numbers that are visible under a microscope.
  • The words 'Bank of England' printed in intaglio (raised ink) along the top of the note.

The full design can be viewed in high-resolution detail on the Flickr page of the Bank of England (I wish more bank's would provide such detailed pictures!). 

The new 10-pound note will be issued from 14 September 2017. The public can continue to spend paper 10-pound notes as usual. They will however be gradually withdrawn as they are banked by retailers and the public. Legal tender status of the paper 10-pound featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in Spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.


Steven Saturday 22 July 2017 at 09:56 am | | news
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