England Unveils New 10-Pound Note Featuring Jane Austen

20 July, 2017, 00:47 | Author: Archie Newman
  • Chris J Ratcliffe  PA Wire

BOE governor Mark Carney unveiled the new note in Winchester, southern England, where Austen is buried.

As it is made using the same materials as the polymer £5 note, the new tenner will again contain small amounts of tallow: rendered beef and mutton fat.

The old £5 note featured prison reformer Elizabeth Fry, but Sir Winston Churchill took her place when the polymer fiver entered circulation. The Pride And Prejudice author joins such other literary greats as Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare, though the Austen £10 banknote is the only one now in circulation.

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 element in the note had created an issue with vegans and some religious groups questioning it after its launch in last September. 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.

From March 2017 new £1 coins were introduced as currency in the UK.

As announced in July 2013, the note will celebrate the achievements of Jane Austen.

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Jane Austen is one of the world's most celebrated authors, and is credited with having written 14 books before her death in 1817.

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.

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 note received mixed responses from Twitterati.

The current ten-pound note features scientist Charles Darwin, famous for his theory of evolution but these will be gradually phased out. "Austen's novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published", he added.

The Bank of England responded that the likeness was from an 1870 engraving commissioned by Austen's nephew, James Edward Austen Leigh, based on an 1810 sketch by her sister, Cassandra.

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