The Bank of England has today started to circulate the new ten pound banknote, a polymer note featuring the novelist Jane Austin.
Image courtesy of the Bank of England.
It is the second of the new series of polymer banknotes to be issued by the Bank of England, following the release of the £5 banknote on 13 September last year.
The note has been designed and printed by De La Rue, using Guardian™ polymer substrate by CCL Secure. The design is based on the novelist Jane Austin – the banknote was launched on the 200th anniversary of her death.
Security features include:
- a large see-through window containing a portrait image of the Queen illustrated using the CCL Secure CAMEO™ feature
- a colour changing G-Switch™ ink feature from CCL Secure, used to illustrate a writer’s quill, changing from purple to orange when the banknote is tilted
- KINEGRAM COLORS® foil stripe feature from KURZ, detailing Winchester Cathedral in gold
- Micro-lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait
The design also includes a specific tactile feature to assist those with visual impairments to identify the note’s denomination – the first to be included on a Bank of England banknote.
Over one billion ten pound banknotes were printed in preparation for its release into circulation. It will co-circulate with its predecessor until spring 2018 when the old version is withdrawn.
Commenting on the new ten pound banknote’s introduction, the Bank of England Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, said:
“Today is an exciting day. It is wonderful to see the inspirational author Jane Austen celebrated on the new £10, and even more poignant being launched during the 200th anniversary of her death. I am grateful to the cash industry for their support in bringing the cleaner, safer, stronger notes to the public.”
Bank of England press release
For further information about the New Ten pound note: www.thenewten.co.uk