Published on September 20th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Valuable £10 Serial Numbers
With the launch of the new Jane Austen £10 note last week, avid collectors are now looking out for the most valuable serial numbers.
The new £10 replaces the oldest Bank of England banknote design in circulation. Just like the £5 note, its polymer construction ensures a higher resistance to dirt and moisture. It is also recyclable when it reaches the end of its shelf life.
As with the new £5 notes launched a year ago, certain serial numbers are expected to ensure certain new £10 notes will be worth more than their face value. Last years, £5 notes with the prefix AA fetched up to £20, four times their face value.
Jane Austen Related Serial Numbers
Featuring one of our country’s greatest authors, Jane Austen, is the first woman to appear on a British bank note, apart from the Queen. Significant numbers and letters associated with the author are expected to be particularly valuable.
Currency experts Change Checker have pointed out the following serial numbers as being ones to watch out for:
121775 – This is Jane Austen’s date of birth. 16 notes include this sequence of numbers.
071817 – The date Jane Austen died. 18 notes include these numbers.
751817 – Combining the birth and death year of the author. 17 notes include these.
011813 – The date that Pride and Prejudice was published. 28 notes will have this combination of numbers.
JA – Any notes with the initials of Jane Austen will be sought after. However, it will be several years before any notes including “JA” will enter circulation.
Bank of England Auction of Early Serial Numbers
Collectors will be pleased to know that the Bank of England will holding an auction on 6th October 2017. This auction will allow the public to buy some of the earliest serial numbers. A similar auction was held last year for the $5 notes and raised £194,500 for charity.
Have You Entered Our Latest Competition?
On Monday, we launched a new competition for a selection of collectible coins. The winner will receive a selection of coins worth £250 along with a Jane Austen Stamp cover. There are also four runner-up prizes worth £120. To find out more, read the Win a Selection of Collectible Coins blog post.
The closing date for entries is midnight, Sunday 1st October 2017.