Bank to auction Austen-linked currency
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