Plastic £10 due out tomorrow
The new plastic £10 note adorned with Jane Austen’s face is to enter circulation tomorrow – with shoppers urged to look out for certain serial numbers that could be worth far more than a tenner.
Existing cotton-paper £10 notes, featuring Charles Darwin, will stop being legal tender from next spring, although the Bank of England has not set a date for their withdrawal.
The polymer-based tenner – which will include traces of animal fat despite protests – comes into circulation precisely a year after the launch of the first plastic note, the £5, featuring Winston Churchill.
The Queen will be presented with the first tenner – with serial number AA01 000001 – while Prince Philip will be given the second and Theresa May the third. The public must wait a little longer: only a handful of ATMs are expected to be dispensing the notes tomorrow.
Collectors are on the hunt for very low serial numbers – those beginning AA01 – after the lowest number £5 note issued to the public, AA01000017, sold for £4,105 at a charity auction last year.