10 things you need to know about the new Jane Austen tenner

The new Jane Austen 10 banknote will be issued on September 14. Pic: Bank of England/PA Wire.
The new Jane Austen 10 banknote will be issued on September 14. Pic: Bank of England/PA Wire.
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A new £10 note celebrating Jane Austen has been unveiled by the Bank of England on the 200th anniversary of the author's death.

The new tenner, which will be issued on September 14, is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help blind and partially-sighted users.

Bank of England Chief Cashier Victoria Cleland with the new 10 note featuring Jane Austen. Pic: Bank of England/PA Wire.

Bank of England Chief Cashier Victoria Cleland with the new 10 note featuring Jane Austen. Pic: Bank of England/PA Wire.

The new tactile feature is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner of the banknote, developed with the help of the RNIB.

Features already incorporated into banknotes to help vision-impaired people include different sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney unveiled the design of the new £10 banknote at Winchester Cathedral, where the Pride And Prejudice and Sense And Sensibility author was buried after her death in 1817 at the age of 41.

The design of the new note includes a portrait of Austen commissioned by her family, Austen's writing table and a quote from Pride And Prejudice: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!"

Here are 10 things you should know about the new tenner:

1. The new £10 note is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help blind and partially sighted users - a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner.

2. Security features include a see-through window featuring the Queen's portrait, a quill which changes from purple to orange and a hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-coloured when the note is tilted.

3. Winchester Cathedral, where Austen is buried, also features on the note. It is shown in gold foil on the front and silver on the back.

4. The note features a portrait of Jane Austen. An engraving was commissioned by her family and based on an original sketch of Austen drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen. The choice of the portrait has drawn some controversy, with some claims it gives Austen a "makeover" compared with her sister's original sketch.

5. The selection of Austen removed the possibility of a long-term absence of women on Bank of England notes, apart from the Queen, after it was announced that Sir Winston Churchill would replace social reformer Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note. The prospect of a lack of female faces on banknotes caused an outcry.

6. The new Austen note joins the £5 note featuring Sir Winston as the Bank of England's first "family" of banknotes to be made from polymer.

7. Polymer banknotes last around two and-a-half times longer than paper ones and are also said to be able to survive a spin in the washing machine.

8. But the polymer notes issued by the Bank have also been controversial, after the discovery in late 2016 that animal-derived additives were used in the manufacture of the new £5 note. The Bank looked into the issue and decided in February 2017 that the new £10 note would be manufactured on the same polymer material. By then, it had already printed 275 million £10 notes at a cost of £24 million.The Bank has run a public consultation on future print runs of the £10 and £5 and the next £20 note, which will also be printed on polymer.

9. As well seeing Austen on banknotes, you may also spot her on coins - she features on a new £2 coin issued by the Royal Mint.

10. People can still spend the existing paper £10 note alongside the new tenner when it is first issued. Legal status of the paper £10 note featuring Charles Darwin will be withdrawn in Spring 2018.