Jane Austen – the writer of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility – will feature on the new polymer £10 banknote. The Bank of England revealed the new design on 18 July, to mark the 200th anniversary of her death.
The novelist is now the first female writer after William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens to feature on a banknote. To get you up to speed, we explain what the new Jane Austen £10 note will look like and when the Bank of England will release it.
What will the new £10 note look like?
The new polymer £10 note will feature a portrait of Jane Austen adapted from a sketch drawn by her sister Cassandra Austen.
The design will include the following features.
• The quote "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" from Pride and Prejudice.
• Illustration of the Pride and Prejudice character Elizabeth Bennett.
• Image of Godmersham Park which was the home of Jane Austen's brother.
• Images of Austen's writing desk and quills.
• A quill at the side of the window which changes colour from purple to orange.
There are a selection of raised dots in the top left hand corner on the front of the note. This feature helps blind and partially sighted people to identify the value of the note. The polymer £20 banknote will include something similar.
When will the new £10 note be released?
The Bank of England will issue the new tenner on 14 September 2017. You might start to see it from this date.
A new polymer £20 note featuring JMW Turner will launch in 2020. There are currently no plans to issue a plastic £50 note.
It isn't just banknotes that are changing. For the first time in 30 years, the Royal Mint updated the design of the pound and released the new 12-sided £1 coin on 28 March 2017. Find out if your new £1 coin is worth £250 in our blog.
What will happen to my old £10 notes?
Whenever there are changes to currency, it will mean that old coins and notes get phased out. The same will happen to old tenners after the new £10 note is released.
The Bank of England has said that the old £10 notes will go out of circulation in Spring 2018. This means you'll have to either spend your old tenners before this date or exchange or deposit them at your bank or building society.
You don't have to do anything about this for now.