Following on from the new five pound note and the new 12-sided £1 coin, the Royal Mint is issuing a new £10 note this September, 2017.
The new notes
are made of a polymer material, which is seen as cleaner more durable and safer to use, i.e. harder to counterfeit.
Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney said, “Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes.”
He went on to say, “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.”
The new £10 note will feature a quote by the author – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI), a portrait of Jane Austen commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, based on an original sketch by the writer’s sister, Cassandra Austen.
An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet, the protagonist of the famous ‘Pride and Prejudice’ novel and the background will feature Austen’s 12-sided writing table.
Image source - www.banknotenews.com
The new £20 notes are scheduled for release in 2020 and will feature a portrait of British artist, J.M.W. Turner.
Header Image source - The Sun newspaper.