New plastic £10 note hits banks this week

It's the first noted to offer tactile information for blind and partially sighted people

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We've only just got used to the new £5 notes.

But the new tenners will finally hit banks this Thursday and become legal tender.

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The polymer note will be the first British bank note to offer tactile information for the blind and partially sighted people.

It also features an image of Jane Austen, to recognise her "universal appeal and enduring contribution to English literature".

She is the first woman to ever be featured on a British bank note, apart from the Queen.

Here's a guide on it...

Its unusual design

The new £10 note replaces the oldest Bank of England banknote design in circulation. It will feature a picture of the author Jane Austen, marking 200 years since her death in 1817. The picture of Austen was drawn by her nephew in 1870, based on a sketch by her sister, Cassandra.

First unveiled in July, the design will include Winchester Cathedral where Austen is buried along with the quote "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!"

Also featured is an image of Godmersham Park House, the estate owned by Jane Austen's brother, Edward.

The note will also be 15% smaller than the £10 paper equivalent but larger than the new £5.

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The new tenners will hit banks on Thursday

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£10 note features

On the front, 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.

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 while the background remains dull in contrast.

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.

Clusters of raised dots will help blind or partially-sighted people.

When will it be released?

Production on the new £10 began last August and the new £10 will start to go into circulation on Thursday, September 14, with 275 million notes already waiting to be released.

Also printing their new £10 in polymer, Scotland will be releasing its new note a week later on September 21.

Where can I get one from?

When the new £5 notes were launched, ATMs in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Hull and Cardiff were among the first to stock them.

Cardiff was one of the cities where banks were the first to receive the new £1 coins.

So there's a good chance that the cash machines of the capital city of Wales will be among the first to be stocked with the polymer tenners.

Most bank branches are expected to have the notes within a week so, if your cash machine doesn't deliver the goods, walking into the biggest bank branch near you to ask may be the best bet.

New £10 note hits banks this week

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Will some £10 notes be worth more than others?

It all depends on the serial number.

When the new £5 note launched, the serial numbers that began AA, AB, AC or AK quickly became worth more than their face value.

Can I still use my old £10 notes?

With 800 million £10 notes in circulation available at 70,000 cash points, the old version featuring Charles Darwin will still be accepted for a few months yet.

The old £10 will go out of circulation in spring 2018, with banks and businesses gradually removing old notes before that date.

Anyone with old £10 notes can get them exchanged at the Bank of England.

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What is the new £10 note made of?

Just like the £5, the new £10 will be made of polymer.

Predicted to last two and a half times longer than its current equivalent, the plastic notes are also said to be more environmentally friendly with an 8% lower carbon footprint.

However, despite outbursts among vegetarians, the new note will still contain traces of animal fat thought the Bank of England is reportedly looking into ways to make its notes tallow-free.

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The new notes will be printed on a thin, flexible plastic film

What's this about dots on the note?

On the front of the £10 polymer note (the side with raised print), 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.

Will there be other new notes?

The new £20 note featuring English romanticist artist JMW Turner is due to be launched in 2020.

There are no plans in place to replace the £50 note, with an announcement expected "in due course".

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