Ten facts about the new £10

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Later this month the £10 note becomes the latest note to be relaunched in polymer. In celebration, we've put together ten fantastic facts about your new 'tenner'.

  • The £10 banknote is the oldest Bank of England banknote design in circulation, having first been issued in 1759 
  • The new note will enter circulation on Thursday 14 September, 2017
  • The new £10 note will be 15% smaller than the current £10 note – but will still be bigger than the polymer £5 note issued earlier this year 
  • It features the author Jane Austen – the only woman other than the Queen to feature on UK currency – and Winchester Cathedral, where Austen is buried
  • On the front of note there are two clusters of raised dots in the top left hand corner to help blind and partially sighted people identify the value of the note 
  • It is expected to last 2.5 times longer than the existing £10 note 
  • It contains sophisticated security features including a clear window featuring a portrait of the Queen; a hologram which contains the word "Ten" that changes to the word "Pounds" when the note is tilted; and letters and numbers underneath the Queen's portrait that can only be seen under a microscope 
  • Production of the new £10 polymer note began last August and the Bank has already printed more than 275 million notes
  • The current paper £10 notes will cease to be legal tender in the Spring of 2018
  • The next polymer note to be released will be the £20 note – but not until 2020

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