Everything you need to know about the new £10 note
October 13, 2016
The new plastic £5 note sent collectors into a spin as they searched for special editions of the polymer bill - but what about the new £10 note?
Following the Bank of England's launch of the new fiver, which features Sir Winston Churchill and is hailed as "longer lasting" and "harder to forge", attention is beginning to turn to the forthcoming plastic £10 note.
Details are sketchy, with officials remaining tight-lipped about the official release date of the upcoming £10 note.
The new note will be smaller than the current one - but larger than the new fiver. It will be made of the same materials as the new five pound note too.
The three Scottish issuing banks are also printing their next £10 notes on polymer - they will be released between September and October next year.
The Bank of England said that we can expect the new polymer £10 note in the summer of 2017. After this, a new plastic £20 note will be released in 2020 - there are currently no plans to issue a plastic £50.
Jane Austen will feature on the upcoming polymer note, as confirmed by Bank of England governor Mark Carney at a 2013 press conference.
There are currently no women on the back of English banknotes, something that caused some controversy when Winston Churchill was announced as the featured figure on the new fiver.
Austen's presence on the new £10 note was one of the first things announced by Carney after taking up his position.
“Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes," the Bank of England governor said.
"Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature.
"As Austen joins Adam Smith, Boulton and Watt, and in future, Churchill, our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals who have contributed in a wide range of fields.”
Features of the design on the reverse of the Jane Austen note will include:
• The quote – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI).
• 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.
• 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).
• The image of Godmersham Park. Godmersham was home of Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen's brother. Jane Austen visited the house often and it is believed that it was the inspiration for a number of her novels.
• 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.