The new ‘plastic’ £10 note: all the essential information, right here

Following the release of the ‘plastic’ fiver earlier in the year, the Bank of England has promised a new polymer ℒ10 is on the way, too. Here’s everything you need to know…

Enjoy paper cash while you can – a new ‘plastic’ tenner will soon join the fiver Credit: Bank of England

When will the new ten pound note enter circulation?

The Bank of England has set the release date of the new note as September, 2017, with the unveiling of the new £10 taking place on July 18 to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death – who will feature on the note.

When will the current paper £10 note go out of circulation?

Although no exact date has been given, going on the paper £5 note, which went out of circulation May 5, 2017, the current ten pound note could cease to be legal tender by June 2018.

Will the new £10 polymer note feature the animal product  called tallow – like the ‘plastic’ fiver?

As the new £10 note will be made of the same materials as the polymer £5 note, it will again contain small amounts of tallow – a rendered form of beef or mutton fat.

Due to the backlash from vegetarians and vegans, the Bank of England said it considered destroying, reprinting and delaying the issue of the new note.

However, it said that doing so would compromise anti-counterfeit measures and would prove expensive. So expect the tallow to remain.

What and who will feature on the new note?

  • A portrait of Jane Austen commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, adapted from an original sketch of Jane Austen drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen.
  • The quote – ‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!’ from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI).
  • An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking ‘The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her’ – from a drawing by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988).
  • 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.

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