The plastic tenner will feature author Jane Austen and be presented to the public for the first time tomorrow on the 200th anniversary of her death.
The Bank of England will hold the launch at Winchester Cathedral, where Austen is buried, but people will have to wait a few more weeks until the note's release.
The date of September has been set for the new polymer note – which will be smaller than the current one – to be released into circulation.
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REUTERSNOD TO JANE: The face of the new tenner will be author Jane Austen
It will be larger than the new fiver and made of the same materials as the new £5 note, meaning it will have traces of animal fat in it.
Banknote equipment manufacturers have already started to work on adapting machines to fit the new tenner, and new ATM parts are being ordered.
The move to feature the Pride & Prejudice author on the note was confirmed by Bank of England governor Mark Carney at a 2013 press conference.
It proved a popular move, with no women on the back of current English banknotes, which caused controversy when Winston Churchill was announced as the new face of the fiver.
Recently, a study by Swedish finance firm Advisa found only 52 women feature on the world’s banknotes compared with 398 men.
Nearly 60% of Brits believe women are underrepresented on currency, with 46% keen to see Florence Nightingale return to feature on the UK’s banknotes.
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Confirmed features of the design on the reverse of the Jane Austen note will include:
- The quote – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI).
- A portrait of Jane Austen. Commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, adapted from an original sketch of Jane Austen drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen.
- An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking “The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988).
- The image of Godmersham Park. Godmersham was home of Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen's brother. Jane Austen visited the house often and it is believed that it was the inspiration for a number of her novels.
- Jane Austen’s writing table – the central design in the background is inspired by the 12 sided writing table, and writing quills, used by Jane Austen at Chawton Cottage.
After the frenzy that followed the release of the fiver, as collectors scrambled to pick up low serial numbered notes worth hundreds, the same is expected of the tenner.
"The £10 paper banknote is the oldest Bank of England banknote design in circulation and therefore the security features require updating to take advantage of developments in technology," the Bank said recently.
After the new £10 note hits the high street, a new plastic £20 note will be released in 2020, but there are no plans to issue a plastic £50.