It’s bittersweet news with the new ten pound note. As we welcome a woman back to our legal tender, we also wave goodbye to one of Britain’s greats, Charles Darwin.
The new plastic £10 note will be home to a sketch of English novelist Jane Austen, and will be a bit smaller than the current tenner, but still bigger than the fiver.
The Bank of England have announced that we can expect the new polymer note to be released in Summer 2017, the Mirror reports.
This announcement follows the recent issue of the new five pound note, displaying the face of Winston Churchill which replaced the only woman on a banknote previously, Elizabeth Fry.
There are plans to release a new £20 note in 202o, but none to release a plastic £50.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney said in his 2013 press conference:
Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes,” the Bank of England governor said.
Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature.
As Austen joins Adam Smith, Boulton and Watt, and in future, Churchill, our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals who have contributed in a wide range of fields.
The Pride and Prejudice quote “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” will also appear on the note, as well as an illustration of Elizabeth Bennett, and of Jane Austen’s 12-sided writing table.
I just had a horrible flash-forward to Kim Kardashian being on a banknote in the future…please no.