How Jane Austen's 10-Pound Banknote Is Secretly Witty

by Dominic Parks July 20, 2017, 0:48
How Jane Austen's 10-Pound Banknote Is Secretly Witty

Criado-Perez gathered 35,000 signatures when the Bank of England announced that it would replace Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note with Winston Churchill, meaning women were totally unrepresented.

When the note circulates in September it will be the only note which features a woman, apart from the Queen, since the replacement of the old £5 note.

Jane Austen will make her debut on the £10 note today and the quote that accompanies her image is causing some controversy. The £10 note contains sophisticated security features which make it very hard to counterfeit.

The new tenner went into production in October, and the Bank has already printed hundreds of millions of them.

More information on the new note is available on The New Ten website. The public can continue to spend paper £10 notes as usual and these will be gradually withdrawn as they are banked by retailers and the public.

"Our banknotes serve as repositories of the country's collective memory, promoting awareness of the United Kingdom's glorious history and highlighting the contributions of its greatest citizens", Mr Carney said at the unveiling. She was chosen after Labour MP Stella Creasy and writer Caroline Criado-Perez launched a campaign for increased female representation, and she will be the first female author to appear on a British bank note. A new 20-pound note that will feature the landscape painter J.M.W. Turner is also in the works and scheduled to be rolled out in 2020. Rarest and most valuable £2 coins in circulation revealed - do you have a design worth £72?

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A quill at the side of the window which changes from purple to orange.

The cotton-based Charles Darwin ten pound note will be no longer be issued by mid-September.

So this seemingly thoughtless quote isn't helping the Bank of England's case.

Victoria Cleland, the Bank's Chief Cashier, said: "The new £10 note marks the next exciting step in our introduction of cleaner, safer, stronger polymer banknotes, and I am grateful to the cash industry for their work towards a smooth transition".

The new note also includes a new tactile feature to assist the visually impaired, which was developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People. The line in question is "I declare after all that there is no enjoyment like reading!" which superficially sounds quite positive.


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