LONDON — The Bank of England on Tuesday unveiled the design of the new £10 note, the latest in a series of brand new polymer notes being brought into circulation by Britain’s central bank.
In a ceremony at Winchester Cathedral, BoE Governor Mark Carney presented the new note, featuring an image of the author Jane Austen. Tuesday marks 200 years since Austen’s death.
“Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published,” Carney said in a speech.
Austen’s image is accompanied by a quote from Pride and Prejudice: “I declare after all that there is no enjoyment like reading!”
The quote has caused some consternation in some circles on the internet.
In its original context, the character who utters the words, Caroline Bingley, is being more than a little disingenuous. Bingley has no real interest in literature and instead pretends to be an avid reader to attract the attentions of the book’s heartthrob, Mr Darcy.
The new note will come into circulation on September 14, with the currently circulated £10 notes ceasing to be legal tender in the Spring of 2018.