Local MP Chris Elmore joined the Bank of England’s Chief Cashier, Victoria Cleland, to find out more about the new £10 note featuring the world-renowned author Jane Austen.
The Ogmore MP tested the new tactile feature on the £10 note which helps blind and vision impaired users identify their value – a first for Bank of England banknotes. The tactile feature is a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner and has been developed in conjunction with the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB). This is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired people; the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.
Chris Elmore said: “The new £10 note celebrates the life of Jane Austen whose novels are loved by many across the world. It’s great that we have a woman on the note and some so iconic to British culture.”
As it is made of polymer, the new £10 note is cleaner, safer and stronger. It joins the Churchill £5 in the first family of polymer Bank of England banknotes and a new £20 note featuring J.M.W Turner will follow in 2020. The £10 note contains sophisticated security features which make it very difficult to counterfeit. It will last at least 2.5 times longer than the current paper £10 notes – around 5 years in total – and stay in better condition during day to day use.