The Bank of England has unveiled the design of the new ten pound polymer banknote due to begin circulating on the 14 September 2017.
The new polymer banknote is the second of the new series of banknotes to be issued by the Bank of England, following the release of the New Fiver last September.
Celebrating the works of Jane Austin, the new ten pound banknote was unveiled today on the 200th anniversary of her death at a ceremony at Winchester Cathedral where the English writer is buried.
The design notably includes a tactile feature of raised dots located on the note’s obverse top left-hand corner, aiding those with visual impairments to identify the note’s denomination. It is the first time such a feature has been included in a Bank of England banknote design, having been purposefully omitted from the recently issued five pound note – which will be the only denomination without the feature thus making it identifiable.
Other features include:
- a large clear window
- a perfect register see through feature incorporating the Queen’s portrait
- a holographic security foil (assumed to be a Kinegram® foil by Kurz) including illustrations of Winchester Cathedral, text and the Coronation Crown
- a colour changing quill feature set in a clear window
- a copper foil feature with the initials “JA”
- raised intaglio ink
- UV features
Speaking at the ceremony, the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland 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. I am delighted that the Jane Austen £10 note incorporates an innovative tactile feature, which I hope will greatly benefit blind and partially sighted users.”
To see the key security features of the new ten pound note, watch this video from the Bank of England