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Your old £10 notes are going out of circulation – here’s what to do with them

Davis Budd
Nov 21, 2017

The old Charles Darwin £10 notes will soon be victims of evolution when they are replaced by the new Jane Austen notes.

The paper notes, which feature the scientist, will lose their legal tender status as of midnight on March 1. 

This means that once March 2 rolls around, your old tenners won’t be accepted in the UK, but that doesn’t mean they’re worthless.

The new notes will be slimmer, and stronger, and they’ll strike a blow for equality by displaying one of the most important female novelists ever. 


Savings silhouette


What should you do with your old notes?

Check your old trouser pockets and wallets because you can still put your Darwins to use.

The Darwin £10 note, first issued in 2000.

If you find one after March 2, don’t worry, you will still be able to exchange them for the new note.

The Bank of England is legally obliged to exchange any genuine and undamaged old notes for the new ones after the deadline.

Most banks will allow account holders to exchange the old notes, too. But they don’t have to, so contact your bank or check their website.


Why the change?

According to the Bank of England, there have been many improvements to the new notes.

The Jane Austen £10 note.

The polymer will be stronger and more resistant to dirt and moisture than paper, making sure the notes stay cleaner longer.

They’re also much harder to counterfeit, and will last longer that the old ones, making them more environmentally friendly.


What’s different about the new note?

The big changes are the new polymer material and the addition of novelist Jane Austen, who authored many famous works including Pride and Prejudice.

The new note is also 15% smaller, and its raised dots will help blind or partially sighted people identify it better.

Also, an image of Winchester Cathedral has been added along with a see-through window.