Polymer £10 note

The new polymer £10 note, featuring Jane Austen, entered circulation on 14 September 2017.
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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

On the front of 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 value of 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.

The New Ten - Key Security Features

Security features

£10 note

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.

Polymer £10 security feature of a see through window

Polymer £10 security feature of a see through window

£10 note

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.
Polymer £10 note security feature of coloured quills

Polymer £10 note security feature of coloured quills

£10 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’.

Polymer £10 note security feature of foil patches

Polymer £10 note security feature of foil patches

£10 note

Check the polymer and the raised print

The £10 note is printed on polymer – a thin and flexible plastic.  The words ‘Bank of England’ are printed in raised ink on the front of the note, there is also raised print in the bottom right corner, around the number 10.

Polymer £10 note security feature of raised print

Polymer £10 note security feature of raised print

£10 note

Print quality

The printed lines and colours on the note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.
Polymer £10 note security feature of print quality

Polymer £10 note security feature of print quality

£10 note

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.
Polymer £10 note security feature of micro lettering

Polymer £10 note security feature of micro lettering

£10 note

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.
Polymer £10 note security feature of ultraviolet

Polymer £10 note security feature of ultraviolet

This page was last updated 05 January 2018
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