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Jane Austen unveiled as face of new £10 note

Jane Austen unveiled as face of new £10 note.

As of 2017, Jane Austen will be the face of the new £10 banknote.

The note featuring the 19th-century author will replace the current note featuring Charles Darwin as soon as it ceases circulation.

Mark Carney, the new Governor of the Bank of England, announced his decision today, following a high profile campaign to ensure that a woman remained on an English banknote, after Sir Winston Churchill replaced Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note.

The decision meant that there would be no women represented for their contributions to the country’s history on the British banknote, apart from Her Majesty the Queen, a move which prompted a major online campaign set up by women’s rights advocate, Caroline Criado-Perez.

Mr Carney has also today agreed to review the Bank of England’s process for selecting historical figures to appear on banknotes, acknowledging concerns that had been raised recently about the diversity of characters on the notes.

Features of the new Jane Austen £10 note, which will be issued within a year of the Sir Winston £5 banknote, include a quote from her most famous novel, Pride and Prejudice – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”, a portrait of the author and a picture of her writing table against the backdrop of Godmersham Park – the home of her brother, Edward Austen Knight.


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