Bank to auc­tion Austen-linked cur­rency

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Jamie Phillips THE Bank of Eng­land is auc­tion­ing off a se­ries of new £10 notes with se­rial numbers that col­lec­tors could pay thou­sands of pounds for.

Changechecker.com has claimed the se­rial numbers that they ex­pect to fetch the high­est prices are the birth­day of Jane Austen – whose portrait will fea­ture on the note – 16 121775, and the date of her death, 18 071817. Also, the code 17 751817 equates to Austen’s birth and death com­bined.

Other high-pric­ing codes are ex­pected to be sig­nif­i­cant dates in the

au­thor’s life, in­clud­ing the dates of when her books were re­leased. will be 28 011813. Se­rial numbers be­gin­ning AA01 will also be highly sought af­ter – as th­ese will have been the first printed.

The new poly­mer notes are re­leased to­day and the Bank’s auc­tion is on Oc­to­ber 6. A sim­i­lar auc­tion for the new £5 notes last year raised £194,500. The pro­ceeds went to three char­i­ties. The Royal Mint has also is­sued £2 coins fea­tur­ing the au­thor to com­mem­o­rate the 200th an­niver­sary of her death. Jane Austen will fea­ture on the £10 note and £2 coin to mark 200 years since her death

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