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Home > Banknotes > Polymer £10 Note (Jane Austen) - Security and Design Features
 

Polymer £10 Note (Jane Austen) - Security and Design Features

Find out more on the New Ten website.

​Design features

Size

 
The polymer £10 note is 15% smaller than its paper equivalent. Approximately 132mm x 69mm.
 

Denomination numeral

 
The large number 10 and £ symbol in the top-left hand corner of the front of the note help you easily see its value. There is also a slightly smaller number 10 in the top-right corner.
 

Unique numbering

 
A unique serial number is printed horizontally and vertically on the back of the note. The horizontal numbers is in the bottom right corner. It is made up of multi-coloured letters and numbers, which increase in height from left to right. The vertical number runs down the left-hand side and the numbers and letters are the same height and colour.
 

Tactile feature

 
Raised dots help blind and partially sighted people identify the note. There are two clusters of raised dots in the top left hand corner. This tactile feature helps blind and partially sighted people identify the note.
 

Copyright symbols

 
The international copyright symbol is included on the front and back of the note, below the ‘Ten pounds’ text.
 

Historical character:​Jane Austen

 
Jane Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published. Her books have been translated into over 40 languages of which there have been countless film and television adaptations. She used wit and satire to provide insights into everyday life among the landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. She rejected the sentimental style of many contemporary writers in favour of irony and cynicism, which she used to highlight the social conventions that constrained women.
 
Jane began to write when she was just 11 years old, and by the age of 23 she had already drafted early versions of some of her most famous novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. All of Jane’s work was published anonymously so, despite the fact her work was generally well received and even became fashionable in some circles, she achieved little recognition until after her death.
 
 
The note was issued in 2017 which coincides with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. She is buried at Winchester Cathedral, which appears on the new £10 note.
 

Security features

 

Raised print


​The words ‘Bank of England’ are printed in raised ink on the front of the note.
 

Material

The £10 note is printed on polymer – a thin, flexible plastic.
 

See-through window


​There is a large see-through window on the note. A clearly defined portrait of the Queen is printed on the window, with the words ‘£10 Bank of England’ twice around the edge.
 

Winchester Cathedral

 
There is a finely detailed metallic image of Winchester Cathedral, where Jane Austen is buried, over the see-through window. The foil is gold on the front of the note and silver on the back. When you tilt the note, you will see a multi-coloured rainbow effect.
 
The foil £ symbol in the window is silver on the front of the note and copper on the back.
 

Quill


​At the side of the see-through window is a coloured quill, which changes from purple to orange when you tilt the note. You can see this effect on both the front and back of the note.
 

Foil patches


​On the front of the note, below the see-through window, is a silver foil patch. When you tilt the note the word ‘Ten’ changes to ‘Pounds’, and you will see a multi-coloured rainbow effect.
 
On the front of the note, above the see-through window, is a silver foil patch containing an image of the coronation crown, which appears 3D. When you tilt the note, you will see a multi-coloured rainbow effect.


Foil book


On the back of the note, a book-shaped copper foil patch contains the letters ‘JA’.

 

Print quality


​The printed lines and colours on the note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.
 

Micro-lettering


​Using a magnifying glass, look closely at the lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait – you will see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers.
 

Ultraviolet feature


​If you look at the front of the note under a good-quality ultraviolet light, the number 10 appears in bright red and green, while the background stays dull in contrast.
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