Plas­tic £10 due out to­mor­row

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Patrick Collinson

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.

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