Bank of England unveiled the design of its new polymer £10 note featuring the world-renowned author, Jane Austen, on the 200th anniversary of her death.
The note will be issued on September 14, 2017. It is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help blind and partially sighted users identify it. This is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
It is expected to last 2.5 times longer than the current paper £10 notes – around five years in total – and stay in better condition during day-to-day use. It joins the Churchill £5 note in the first family of polymer Bank of England banknotes, with a new £20 note featuring the well-known British landscape painter, JMW Turner, set to follow in 2020.
Legal tender status of the paper £10 featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in spring 2018 with the exact date being announced at least three months in advance.