The Ten Pound Note

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The current paper Ten Pound Note is technically a Series E variant and was first issued in its current guise on the 7th November 2000. The Polymer Jane Austen Ten Pound Note is the first note of Series G. Polymer £5 notes were issued first, the new £20 notes will be introduced over the next couple of years.

Note that the words ‘SPECIMEN’ must be shown twice on reproductions of Bank of England notes to comply with their legal requirements.

The new Polymer £10 note, introduced September 14th 2017:

Obverse:

Reverse:

 

Size: Approx. 132 x 69mm. The images were made on a red background, in order to properly show the transparent window area around Winchester Cathedral.

Chief Cashiers: New style £10 notes in circulation bear the signature of current Chief Cashier Victoria Cleland.

The story behind the design:

The reverse of the £10 note shows Jane Austen, the 19th century popular novelist. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/austen_jane.shtml

This new Polymer (plastic) £10 note will circulate along side the paper Charles Darwin £10 notes until Spring 2018.

Ones to look out for:

Scarcer (but not necessarily valuable) notes include the following

AA01 is the first prefix with first serial range and therefore the first 999,999 notes made (the earlier the number the better). Notes with AA01 have been seen, so are certainly in circulation, despite some false stories that they start at AH01 or AE01 this time! Very early notes, i.e. AA01 000xxx will not be found in circulation.

No doubt there will be other hyped up prefixes that may temporarily go a bit silly online, just as with the new £5 note and the AK47 prefix (which soon subsided).

The old style £10 note, which will be used in parallel with the new style note until Spring 2018:

Obverse:

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Reverse:

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Size: Approx. 142 x 75mm.

Chief Cashiers: £10 notes in current circulation bear the signature of one of four different Chief Cashiers, namely Merlyn Lowther (1999 to 2003), Andrew Bailey (2004 to 2011), Chris Salmon (2011 to 2014) or Victoria Cleland (2014 to date).

The story behind the design:

The reverse of the £10 note shows the naturalist Charles Darwin. Author of ‘On the Origin of Species’ and possibly one of the most influential British scientists. http://darwin-online.org.uk/biography.html

Ones to look out for:

Scarcer (but not necessarily valuable notes) include the following

Merlyn Lowther notes with AA01, Aj01, EL, LL, CC80, MH, MJ, MK or MM prefixes. The correct wording in the band of text above the central oval where the Queen’s watermark appears is ‘The Governor and Company of the Bank of England’. A variety exists with the wording ‘The Governor and the Company of the Bank of England’ (with an extra ‘the’). This is technically incorrect, however both types were made in high numbers.

Andrew Bailey notes with CC41, EL, HL, LL or LA prefixes.

Chris Salmon notes with JH prefixes (and possibly others, more research is needed).

Victoria Cleland notes with LH (and possibly others, more research is needed).

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