Paper £10 note

The paper £10 note featuring Charles Darwin was issued on 7 November 2000. We issued a new polymer £10 note on 14 September 2017. The paper £10 will be withdrawn on 1 March 2018.

The last day to use your paper £10 notes is 1 March 2018. After this date you can exchange them at the Bank of England in person or by post. Some retailers, banks and building societies may still accept these notes; however this is at their own discretion. For more information, see our frequently asked questions.

Retailers and businesses can download the paper £10 note withdrawal poster below, or order hard copies using the online order form on our How to check your banknotes page.

PDFPaper £10 withdrawal poster

PDFPaper £10 withdrawal poster - Welsh (Cymraeg)

Design features

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.

Recognition symbol

For the partially sighted, the £10 note has a densely coloured orange diamond on the front.

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.

Copyright symbol

The international copyright symbol is included on the front and the back of the £10 note, around the edge of the watermark area.

Historical character: Charles Darwin 

Charles Darwin was employed as a naturalist on the HMS Beagle as a young man. The ship appears on the £10 note alongside an illustration of Darwin's magnifying lens, and some of the flora and fauna that he may have come across on his travels.

Security features


Hold the £10 note up to the light to see the Queen's portrait. 
Watermark on the front and back of the note

Watermark on the front and back of the note


Tilt the note to see the hologram change between a brightly coloured picture of Britannia and the number 10. 
Hologram on the front of the note

Hologram on the front of the note

Feel of the paper and raised print

The special paper gives our banknotes their unique feel.

You will feel raised print in areas such as the words 'Bank of England’ on the front of the note.

Raised print

Raised print

Ultraviolet feature

Look at the front of the £10 note under a good-quality ultraviolet light to see the number 10 appear in bright red and green. The background stays dull in contrast.
Ultraviolet feature on the front of the note

Ultraviolet feature on the front of the note

Metallic thread

A metallic thread appears as silver dashes on the back of the £10 note. If you hold the note up to the light, the metallic thread will appear as a continuous dark line.
Metallic thread on the back of the note

Metallic thread on the back of the note

Print quality

The lines and colours are sharp and clear, without smudges or blurred edges.
Clear vs blurred

Clear vs blurred


Use a magnifying glass to look closely at the lettering beneath the Queen's portrait. You will see the value of the note in small letters and numbers.
Close up vs magnified

Close up vs magnified

This page was last updated 04 December 2017
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