EBayers seek a good fortune selling Austen notes for £20
OPPORTUNISTIC eBay users attempted to sell the new Jane Austen £10 notes for more than double their face value yesterday as they were released into circulation.
Listings for the notes started to appear on the auction website as they were released and some sellers sold notes at up to £20.
Hundreds of people headed to the Bank of England, and other locations across the UK, yesterday to get their hands on the new polymer banknotes, which are the first to include a series of raised dots to help blind and partiallysighted users identify them.
They also have a number of new security features including a quill at the side of the window, which changes from purple to orange, and a hologram that contains the word “Ten” and changes to “Pounds” when the note is tilted. There is also micro-lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait with tiny letters and numbers that are visible under a microscope
The first million £10 notes will contain a prefix of AA01, while there are also some specific serial numbers related to the Jane Austen note, featuring, for example, her birthday in the serial number, which the Bank plans to auction off next month to collectors.
When the new £5 note was released a year ago, eBay sellers attracted bids of hundreds of pounds for their banknotes (although many were cancelled), but today you can pick up an AA01 £5 note for around £7 on eBay – just £2 more than face value.
The old paper £10 banknotes featuring Charles Darwin will eventually be withdrawn in spring 2018, while a new £20 polymer note featuring the artist JMW Turner will follow in 2020.
The plastic £10 banknotes have new security features including a quill at the side of the window that changes from purple to orange