Bank of England: Old £10 note to disappear next year

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The Bank introduced the paper £10 note featuring naturalist Charles Darwin on November 7, 2000.

March the 1st is the last day you can spend you old paper ten pound notes. As of October 3, 55pc of £10 notes in circulation were polymer.

People who still have paper £5 notes can exchange them at the Bank of England in person, or via post by completing a form and sending the note to Department NEX, Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8AH.

The new £10, which features author Jane Austen as a picture, follows the introduction of the new £5 in September 2016, while a new polymer £20 note is due for introduction in 2020.

After the March deadline, the old notes will only be able to be exchanged at the Bank of England.

The Jane Austen notes have a number of features built in that make them particularly hard to forge.

Beneath this image is Godmersham Park House, the estate owned by Austen's brother.

The shiny new tenner was unveiled to the public at Winchester Cathedral - where the Austen was buried - back in July.

Now the new plastic £10 note has been jettisoned into circulation the old tenner is to be withdrawn.

The new note is also the first Bank of England note which helps blind and partially sighted users with an identifiable raised print in the top left corner.

It has persevered with the material despite complaints from religious and vegan groups that the animal fat tallow is used in the production process.

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