10 Jan 2018
The Bank of England has announced that the old £10 note is to be removed from circulation on 1st March 2018, so get spending before they’re no longer legal tender.
Although the new polymer £10 note, which launched in September 2017 created complaints from religious and vegan groups because of the use of animal fat tallow in its production, the creators continued to use the new material, despite trialling different materials including palm oil and coconut oil.
Security and durability were the main reasons for the change in note, with the old one in circulation since November 2000. This new series of notes is the 6th change since its creation in 1759.
A see-through window featuring Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait
Winchester Cathedral shown in gold foil on the front of the note and silver on the back
A quill at the side of the window which changes from purple to orange
A hologram which contains the word "Ten" and changes to "Pounds" when the note is tilted
A hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-coloured when the note is tilted
Micro-lettering beneath the Queen's portrait with tiny letters and numbers that are visible under a microscope
A book-shaped copper foil patch which contains the letters JA
The words "Bank of England" printed in intaglio (raised ink) along the top of the note
There are also a series of raised dots on the note to help blind and partially sighted people.
What do you do if you have an old £10 note after 1st March, you ask? Don’t fret, you can swap them with your bank for a shiny new note.
We know a great way to spend your old £10 notes too… Plan ahead and buy your travel money for future holidays! We recommend doing this with new £10 notes too… 😉.