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it a new chapter? 1is THE new PS10 banknote featuring Pride And Prejudice novelist Jane Austen will be issued on September 14 and will start appearing in the nation's wallets as the notes leave cash centres around the country. This s week also marks the 200th anniversary of the famous writer's death.

you taking note? 2are THE new tenner is the first Bank of England banknote with a tactile feature to help blind and partially sighted users. There is a series of raised dots in the top left hand corner of each note.

security paramount? 3is 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.

she as pretty as a picture? 4is THE portrait of Jane Austen featured on the new PS10 note is an engraving which was commissioned by her family and is based on an original sketch of the writer drawn by her sister Cassandra Austen. The picture on the PS10 note has sparked some controversy with some claiming the novelist has been given a "makeover" compared with her sister's original sketch. Winchester Cathedral, where Jane Austen is buried, also features on the note.

for some girl power? 5ready THE choice of Jane Austen has removed the possibility of a long-term absence of women on Bank Of England notes - apart from the Queen - after it was announced that British war-time Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill would replace social reformer Elizabeth Fry on the PS5 note. The prospect of a lack of female faces on banknotes caused an outcry.

it cost a mint? 6does AS well as seeing Jane Austen on banknotes, you may also spot her on coins. She features on a new PS2 coin issued by the Royal Mint.

costs how much? 7it TEN pounds in Jane Austen's time would have been worth the equivalent of PS786 in today's money, according to analysis by Aviva. The design of the new note also includes Austen's writing table and a quote from Pride And Prejudice: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" is taking it for a spin? 8who THE new Austen tenner and the Sir Winston Churchill PS5 notes are part of the Bank Of England's first "family" of banknotes to be made from polymer. Polymer notes last around two-and-a-half times longer than paper ones and are also said to be able to survive a spin in a washing machine.

printing problems? 9any THE polymer notes have also caused controversy following the discovery last year that animalderived additives were used in the manufacture of the new PS5 note. The Bank Of England looked into the issue, but decided in February that the new PS10 note would be manufactured on the same polymer material. By then, it had already printed 275 million PS10 notes at a cost of PS24 million. The bank has run a public consultation on future print runs of the PS10 and PS5 and the next PS20 note, which will also be printed on polymer.

there a time limit? 10is BANK of England Governor Mark Carney unveiled the new tenner at Winchester Cathedral - the author was buried there in 1817 at the age of 41. People can still spend the existing PS10 note until it is withdrawn in spring 2018. The new PS20 note featuring artist JMW Turner is due to be released in 2020.


Bank of England Governor Mark Carney with the new ten pound note

A period drama at the launch of the new tenner

James Andrews' 1869 watercolour portrait of Jane Austen
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2017
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