The new £10 note is coming

The new £10 note

The new £10 note is released in just 29 days according to The Bank of England website. Issued on Thursday 14th of September, the £10 note is the second polymer note to go into circulation, joining the earlier released £5 note.

Just like the first polymer note, it has key security features.

On the front of the polymer £10 notes (the side with the raised print), there are two clusters of raised dots in the top left hand corner. This tactile feature helps blind and partially sighted people identify the value of the note.

The polymer £20 will also have a tactile feature, but with a different pattern. Therefore the polymer £5 will be identifiable as the only polymer note without a tactile feature.



Stronger –  though polymer notes are not indestructible, they can withstand more wear and tear than their paper counterparts and are expected to last 2.5 times longer.

Cleaner – polymer notes are resistant to dirt and moisture so stay cleaner far longer than paper notes.

Safer – polymer notes use enhanced security features to make them harder to counterfeit.


On the new £10 note you will find a portrait of Jane Austen. This was commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, adapted from an original sketch drawn by her sister Cassandra Austen in 1810. Next to the portrait is an illustration of Elizabeth Bennet, a character from Pride and Prejudice. The quote ‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!’ was said by Miss Bingley in Pride and Prejudice. Beneath this image is Godmersham Park House, the estate owned by Jane Austens’ brother.

2017 is a significant year as it marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She is buried at Winchester Cathedral, this also appears on the new £10 note which is a fantastic tribute.


Time for some £10 facts!

  1. The polymer notes have a longer life than paper notes – up to 2.5 times longer!
  2. There are 70,000 ATMs that dispense £10 notes.
  3. The first £10 note was introduced in 1759.
  4. There have been five different £10 note designs to date.

Remember, genuine Bank of England notes that have been withdrawn from circulation retain their value for all time and can be exchanged at the Bank of England.

If you want further information on the new ten pound note visit for everything that you need to know.

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