You are here: Home - Saving & Banking - News -

This is what the new plastic £10 note will look like

Written by: Paloma Kubiak
The new plastic £10 note featuring Jane Austen has been unveiled today to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the author’s death and will enter circulation in September.
This is what the new plastic £10 note will look like

The note was unveiled by Bank of England governor, Mark Carney at Winchester Cathedral, the site where Austen was buried in 1817.

The £5 polymer note caused a stir after it was released when it was revealed to contain animal fat (tallow), and the new £10 notes have the same substance. They are considered to be cleaner, stronger and safer than the old notes according to the Bank of England and can withstand more wear and tear.

The notes have enhanced security features making them much harder to counterfeit, including a see-through window featuring the Queen’s portrait, Winchester Cathedral shown in gold on the front and silver on the back, plus a hologram which contains the word ‘Ten’ which changes to ‘Pounds’ when the note is tilted.

The new £10 note also has a lower carbon footprint than its paper counterpart.

For the first time, the note will contain ‘tactile features’ – raised dots – in the top left hand corner to help blind and partially sighted people identify the value of the note.

However, it will be some time before shoppers can get their hands on them. The notes will enter circulation on 14 September and the old paper notes featuring Charles Darwin will be gradually removed until spring 2018. The exact date of withdrawal will be announced at least three months in advance to give everyone enough time to spend or exchange the old notes.


Mark Carney said: “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.

“The new £10 note celebrates Jane Austen’s work.  Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published.  The new £10 will be printed on polymer, making it safer, stronger and cleaner.  The note will also include a new tactile feature on the £10 to help the visually impaired, ensuring the nation’s money is as inclusive as possible.”

The new Bank of Scotland £10 polymer note was unveiled in May and it features novelist and poet, Sir Walter Scott. It will enter circulation on 10 October.

A new polymer £20 note, featuring the artist J.M.W Turner, will be launched in 2020. The Bank of England has yet to make plans to replace the £50 note featuring Boulton and Watt.

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

ISAs: your back-to-basics guide for 2018/19

Here’s everything you need to know to make the most of your unused ISA allowance ahead of the 5 April deadli...

A guide to Sharia savings accounts

A number of Sharia savings products have upped their game in recent months, beating more familiar competitors ...

Five ways to get on the property ladder without the Bank of Mum and Dad

A report suggests the Bank of Mum and Dad is running low on funds. Fortunately, there are other options for st...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

Having a baby and your finances: seven top tips

We’re guessing the Duchess of Cambridge won’t be fretting about maternity pay or whether she’ll still be...

Protecting family wealth: 10 tips for cutting inheritance tax

Inheritance tax - sometimes known as 'death tax' - can cause even more heartache for bereaved families. But th...

Travel insurance: Five tips to ensure a successful claim

Ahead of your summer holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right level of travel cover or you co...

Money Tips of the Week

  • Are you planning to make a last-minute investment into your ISA or SIPP during this tax year? Here are five tips to…
  • Forget a delay, more than a third of private investors favour a no-deal Brexit - #Brexit
  • Have you ever tried to save money but unintentionally ended up spending more in the process? Here's how to avoid th…

Read previous post:
Dividend allowance cut could hit 90,000

The government has reintroduced plans to cut the dividend tax break, hitting personal investors funding their retirement.