Plastic replaces paper as Jane Austen banknote hits UK streets

Jane Austen is famous for work printed on paper, but the author's face now adorns plastic as the UK launches a ...
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Jane Austen is famous for work printed on paper, but the author's face now adorns plastic as the UK launches a replacement for its £10 paper banknote.

A new plastic £10 note featuring Jane Austen, one of Britain's most renowned authors, has gone into circulation in the UK.

The new "tenner" is the first British banknote with a tactile feature involving a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner to help blind and partially sighted users.

More than 1 billion of the notes have been printed and the UK public should start seeing them over coming days and weeks.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney poses with one of the central bank's new £10 notes, featuring British author Jane ...
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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney poses with one of the central bank's new £10 notes, featuring British author Jane Austen, during its unveiling at Winchester Cathedral in July.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney says banknotes serve as "repositories of the country's collective memory, promoting awareness of the United Kingdom's glorious history and highlighting the contributions of its greatest citizens".

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The new note, which is being rolled out on Thursday, is made of polymer, and follows last year's launch of the similar £5 note that showcases Winston Churchill.

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 - AP

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