The bank of England new plastic £10 notes featuring Jane Austen have officially entered circulation

Just over a billion new tenners have now been printed, and they will start to gradually appear in cash machines and in people’s wallets.

 

They are expected to last for about five years – at least two-and-a-half times longer than the current paper £10 notes.

And when you get one, you may notice a series of raised dots in the upper-left corner.

These are special tactile features to help blind and partially-sighted people – the first to ever be featured on a Bank of England banknote.

The Bank of England collaborated with the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) on the feature.

The new plastic £10 notes are finally in circulation

The note features Jane Austen, who died 200 years ago in July 1817 (Picture: Getty Images)

People can carry on spending their paper £10 notes for now, but they will be gradually phased out by spring 2018.

 

The exact date is not yet known, but it will be announced at least three months in advance.

Like the fivers that came out last year, the new £10 notes are made from polymer plastic.

There was a huge controversy over the £5 notes after it emerged that the polymer pellets used to make the notes contained beef tallow, or animal fat.

The new plastic £10 notes are finally in circulation



Britain’s Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney holds the new £10 note (Picture: Reuters)

The new plastic £10 notes are finally in circulation

People in period costume pose with the new £10 note featuring Jane Austen at Winchester Cathedral (Picture: Reuters)

In the wake of the scandal, Hindu temples and vegetarian cafes refused to accept the new notes, prompting a review of the material by the Bank of England.

 

After reportedly looking into non-animal alternatives, the Bank concluded that it would stick with tallow.

Mark Carner, governor of the Bank of England, said: ‘The new £10 note celebrates Jane Austen’s work. Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published.

‘The new £10 will be printed on polymer, making it safer, stronger and cleaner.’

The new plastic £20 note, which will feature the artist JMW Turner, is going to enter circulation in 2020.

Source: Metro UK

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