Britain is to get a new ten pound bank note made of plastic and with the face of a famous woman on the back of it, the novelist Jane Austen.
The Bank of England’s governor presented the new tenner in Winchester cathedral where she was buried exactly two hundred years ago.
We’ve unveiled the #NewTenPoundNote featuring Jane Austen
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Four years ago the Bank of England removed Elizabeth Fry, the only woman on the back of a note, which prompted an activist to mount a successful legal challenge on the grounds of gender equality.
The quote “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Jane Austen’s most famous novel Pride and Prejudice will appear on the back of the note when it’s released in September.