The new £10 note, which is also called a tenner by Brits, goes into circulation in the UK today.
It follows the launch of the new £5 note a year ago.
From which famous face is featured on the banknote to who gets their hands on the prized first new tenner, here’s everything you need to know about the new £10 note.
The #NewTenPoundNote featuring Jane Austen: coming 14 September 2017. https://t.co/VMGsueavyh pic.twitter.com/f6PF9DWglM— Bank of England (@bankofengland) 18 juillet 2017
What is it made of?
The new polymer banknote is made of a very thin, flexible, transparent plastic film.
Polymer notes repel dirt and moisture and are expected to last 2.5 years longer than today’s notes.
Unlike old cotton paper banknotes, they’re almost impossible to tear and can survive the washing machine.
It is even possible to pour a glass of red wine over the new banknote and wipe it clean.
The new plastic banknotes, which contain traces of animal fat, have sparked anger among some vegans, vegetarians, Hindus and Sikhs in the UK.
However, the Bank of England has refused to bow down to pressure despite objections from the public over the use of tallow.
The Bank is looking into using palm oil instead of animal fat for future production, which has also proved controversial with rainforest conservation groups.
What does the new £10 look like?
The new £10 note will feature English novelist Jane Austen who is best known for her publications Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.
The image of the famous Victorian author was taken from a portrait which was commissioned after her death at the age of 41, which is on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Some critics have accused the Bank of England of airbrushing Austen’s image on the banknote to make her noticeably more attractive than she appears in the original portrait.
The banknote also features a quote from Pride and Prejudice: “I declare after all there is no enjoyment but reading!”
Many Austen fans have criticised the choice of quote as it was’t said by the novelist herself, but by one of her most obnoxious characters who doesn’t actually like reading books at all.
The new banknote is the first to be printed with a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner to help blind and partially sighted users.
The new banknotes have enhanced security measures making them harder to counterfeit, including a quill that changes colour from purple to orange when you tilt it.
The #NewTenPoundNote features a coloured quill that changes from purple to orange when you tilt the note. https://t.co/VMGsues6pP pic.twitter.com/svPS2oyTy2— Bank of England (@bankofengland) 8 septembre 2017
Why Jane Austen?