Published on July 19th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw0
Jane Austen £10 Revealed
The much anticipated Jane Austen £10 note was revealed yesterday by the Bank of England. Its unveiling corresponded with the 200th anniversary of the author’s death.
Jane Austen, the author of novels including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility died aged only 41, in 1817. She is buried at Winchester Cathedral and this was where the unveiling of this new £10 took place.
Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England revealed the new note which includes an interesting quotation. Rather than from Jane Austen herself, the quote is form one of her characters, Caroline Bingley:
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”
However, the character did not have any interest in books. Instead she was only trying to impress Mr Darcy. Understandably, many may say.
The new polymer £10 enters circulation on 14 September 2017. It is the first Bank of England bank note to include a tactile feature to assist the blind and partially sighted. A series of raised dots will be situated in the left-hand corner of each note.
New £2 Jane Austen Coin Now in Circulation
In addition to the reveal of the Jane Austen £10 note, yesterday saw the Royal Mint put a limited supply of £2 Jane Austen coins into circulation. This coin has initially been launched in areas around Basingstoke and Winchester.
More of these Jane Austen coins will be released across the UK later this year.
Jane Austen Remembered at the Post Office
Jane Austen is the first female author to be featured on a UK banknote. She follows in the footsteps of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens.
To mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, the Royal Mint has released a selection of commemorative £2 coins. The Enduring Romance with Jane Austen 2017 selection is available now at the Post Office Shop.
It is the first official UK coin to celebrate this outstanding writer and two specifications are available:
The coin design is by Dominique Evans at the Royal Mint. It emphasises the elegant Regency style of Jane Austen’s era. The framed silhouette of Jane is set perfectly by the bicolour coin design.