British writer Jane Austen is the new face on £10 note

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 19, 2017

The note, which follows the polymer 5 pound, will go into circulation on September 14 and has a portrait of Austen on the 200th anniversary of the author's death. 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.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney unveiled a new £10 note with a portrait of Jane Austen, one of Britain's most beloved writers.

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.

Austen received a £10 publisher's advance for her first novel and the new banknote bears a quotation, "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" from her later work, "Pride and Prejudice".

The new £10 note follows the launch of the new £5 note a year ago, which raised millions for charity through the #firstfiver campaign, created by John Thompson.

The coin will initially only be available in tills at key locations in the Winchester and Basingstoke areas that have connections with Austen, including Winchester Cathedral and the Jane Austen House Museum.

Her removal sparked a public outcry over the lack of female figures on banknotes - except for Queen Elizabeth II who appears on the front of all British notes and coins now in circulation.

"It works on many levels", he said.

The tactile feature was developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner of each note.

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

It has cost the bank £46million to print the £5 note and £24 million to print the £10 note.

The event took place in the Winchester Cathedral of southern England.

Reprinting those notes using new materials would mean incurring those costs again, while the destruction of those notes would cost a further £50,000, the Bank said.

The appearance of Austen comes after the image of wartime leader Winston Churchill was chosen for the polymer five-pound note.

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