UK gets new plastic £10 note with ‘sophisticated security features’

The Bank of England has released a new plastic £10 note into circulation on Thursday, 14 September.

The note features the renowned novelist Jane Austen and is the first UK banknote with a tactile feature to support blind and partially sighted users.

The new Jane Austen £10 joins the Churchill £5 in the first series of polymer Bank of England banknotes. A new £20 note featuring J.M.W Turner will follow in 2020, the bank said.

The new £10 will be printed on polymer, “making it safer, stronger and cleaner”, the BoE said. The note will also include a new tactile feature on to help the visually impaired, and is also 15% smaller than the paper £10 note.

The new £10 note contains “sophisticated security features which make it very difficult to counterfeit”. It is expected to last at least 2.5 times longer than the current paper £10 notes – around five years – and stay in better condition during day-to-day use, the BoE said.

The series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner helps blind and partially sighted users to identify the denomination of the note. This tactile feature is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired users: the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.

Paper £10 notes featuring Charles Darwin will be gradually withdrawn from circulation as they are banked by retailers and businesses.

The BoE said that citizens can continue to spend paper £10 notes as usual until legal tender status is withdrawn in spring 2018. “The exact withdrawal date will be announced at least three months in advance,” it said.

Security features:

1. See-through window – Queen’s portrait
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’ printed twice around the edge.

2. See-through window – Winchester Cathedral
A finely detailed metallic image of Winchester Cathedral is positioned over the window. The foil is gold on the front of the note (and silver on the back of the note). When the note is tilted a multi-coloured rainbow effect can be seen. The foil £ symbol in the window is silver on the front of the note (and copper on the back of the note).

3. See-through window – coloured quill
At the side of the window is a coloured quill which changes from purple to orange when the note is tilted. This effect can be seen on the front and back of the note.

4. Silver foil patch – Ten Pounds
Below the see-through window is a silver foil patch. When the note is tilted the word ‘Ten’ changes to ‘Pounds’ and a multi-coloured rainbow effect can be seen.

5. Silver foil patch – coronation crown
Above the see-through window is a silver foil patch containing an image of the coronation crown which appears 3D. When the note is tilted a multi-coloured rainbow effect can be seen.

6. Raised print
By running your finger across the front of the note you can feel raised print in areas such as the words ‘Bank of England’ and in the bottom right corner, around the number 10.

8. The Microlettering
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.

9. The ultra-violet feature
If you look at the front of the note under a good quality ultra-violet light, the number 10 appears in bright red and green whilst the background remains dull in contrast.

1. See-through window – Winchester Cathedral
A finely detailed metallic image of Winchester Cathedral is positioned over the window. The foil is silver on the back of the note (and gold on the front of the note). When the note is tilted a multi-coloured rainbow effect can be seen. The foil £ symbol in the window is copper on the back of the note (and silver on the front of the note).

2. See-through window – coloured quill
At the side of the window is a coloured quill which changes from purple to orange when the note is tilted. This effect can be seen on the front and back of the note.

3. Copper foil patch – JA
On the back of the note, there is a book-shaped copper foil patch which contains the letters JA. It is immediately behind the silver crown on the front.


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