The new polymer £10 note is released today

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The very first polymer £10 notes were released today, so if your business handles cash for offline sales then you may start seeing them soon.

The old linen style tenners will remain legal tender until sometime in Spring 2018 but we’ll have at least three months notice before they’re finally withdrawn. For the next few months both style of £10 note will be in circulation although the Bank of England will be gathering in the old notes as they’re replaced with the new ones.

Just over one billion polymer £10 notes have been printed ready for issue and once again we have a note which features a prominent female figure – novelist Jane Austen.

The new £10 note contains sophisticated security features which make it very difficult to counterfeit. It is expected to last at least 2.5 times longer than the current paper £10 notes – around five years – and stay in better condition during day-to-day use.

The series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner helps blind and partially sighted users to identify the denomination of the note. This tactile feature is in addition to the elements already incorporated in Bank of England banknotes for vision impaired users: the tiered sizing, bold numerals, raised print and differing colour palettes.


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