The United Kingdom has introduced a new £10 note. The note does not come with the potriat of the Queen as usual but that of one of Britain’s most renowned authors, Jane Austen.
Apart from the Queen, whose portrait is on all U.K. currency, Jane Austen is only the third woman to feature on a modern-day British banknote, after medical innovator Florence Nightingale and social reformer Elizabeth Fry.
2017 marks 200 years since the death of the Pride and Prejudice author.
The note went into circulation this morning Thursday September 14.
The new tenner is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help blind and partially-sighted users. 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 Royal National Institution of the Blind.
It is made from polymer, like the new £5 note, which was introduced in 2016. A new £1 coin was introduced in March
Security features on the new banknote 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.
Apart from the Queen, whose portrait is on all U.K. currency, Austen is only the third woman to feature on a modern-day British banknote, after medical innovator Florence Nightingale and social reformer Elizabeth Fry. She was chosen after a campaign for more female representation.