New 10-pound plastic note unveiled in Bank of England

Vastavam web: The Bank of England unveiled a new 10-pound plastic note featuring British literary great Jane Austen at Winchester Cathedral, where she is buried.The note, which follows the polymer 5 pound, will go into circulation on September 14 and has a portrait of Austen on the 200th anniversary of the author’s death.Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published,” Bank of England governor Mark Carney said today.

The design of the note includes the quote “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Austen’s novel ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and a portrait of the novelist based on an original sketch drawn by her sister Cassandra. Hindu Council UK held a number of meetings with UK’s central bank to explain that as Hindus see the cow as a symbol of grace and veneration, the use of tallow made from beef fat in the notes went against their beliefs.The Bank of England had announced that it would not be withdrawing the polymer notes and that new 10-pound notes made of the same material would also go ahead for their launch later this year.Meanwhile, a limited supply of a new two-pound coin honouring Jane Austen has been put into circulation by the Royal Mint today.