Independent retailers are being urged to be ready for the new £10 polymer note entering circulation on 14 September so they and their staff are able to recognise and authenticate them.
At 132mm x 69mm, the new note will be smaller than the current one but will be larger than the new fiver.
Author Jane Austen will feature on the upcoming polymer note. The current paper note features Charles Darwin and is 142mm x 75mm in size.
“Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes,” Bank of England governor Mark Carney said. “Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature.”
Features to look out for on the reverse of the Jane Austen note include: the quote “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice; a portrait of Jane Austen; an illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet from the novel; the image of Godmersham Park, the home of Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight; and Jane Austen’s writing table.
To help train staff, there is a range of materials on note issues and withdrawals at: www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/Pages/educational.aspx
The three Scottish issuing banks will release polymer £10 notes between September and October next year.
A plastic £20 note featuring painter JMW Turner will be released in 2020. There are currently no plans to issue a plastic £50.
Retailers are advised to contact the manufacturer or supplier of their machines to discuss what adaptations will be required for the issuance of the new £10 note, and when they will be available.
For most machines a software update will be needed.
Stores should aim to implement adaptations to their machines before the new £10 note is issued.