The new polymer £10 note is out for circulation on 14th September 2017. It is to feature Jane Austen who used wit to provide insights into every day life at the end of the 18th century.
2017 marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She was buried at Winchester Cathedral, which appears on the new £10 note.
On the front of the polymer £10 note (the side with raised print), there are two clusters of raised dots in the top left hand corner. This is what the Bank Of England calls the tactile feature. It helps blind and partially sighted people identify the value of the note.
The polymer £20, which is due for release in 2020, will also have a tactile feature with a different pattern. The polymer £5 will be identifiable as the only polymer note without a tactile feature.
The £10 note has so far had 5 designs done to date, however, the new polymer style note is the first major enhancement to the UKs currency.
They are cleaner as they are more resistant to dirt and residue. They are safer as they are harder to counterfeit and they are stronger. Whilst they are not indestructible, they can withstand a lot more than their paper counterpart.
Sneak a look at the £20 note!