Jane Austen Tenner – Launch Announced

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April
2017

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Well, we all knew that Hampshire’s Jane Austen was going to be the face of the new £10 note – but now we know when we can get first sight of it!

The Bank of England says that on 18 July the Bank will mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death, by unveiling the new £10 note featuring the renowned writer. The event will take place at Winchester Cathedral, where Austen was buried in 1817.

At a press conference at Chawton House on 24 July 2013, Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, confirmed that Jane Austen would appear on a forthcoming Bank of England banknote: the next new character following Sir Winston Churchill.

Jane Austen Banknote Concept
The Governor saysJane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes. “Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature.
“As Austen joins Adam Smith, Boulton and Watt, and in Churchill, our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals who have contributed in a wide range of fields.”
The Austen note will be issued as a £10 note printed on polymer in September 2017. Features of the design on the reverse of the Jane Austen note will include:
  • The quote – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!” from Pride and Prejudice (Miss Bingley, Chapter XI).
  • Portrait of Jane Austen. Commissioned by James Edward Austen Leigh (Jane Austen’s nephew) in 1870, adapted from an original sketch of Jane Austen drawn by her sister, Cassandra Austen.
  • An illustration of Miss Elizabeth Bennet undertaking “The examination of all the letters which Jane had written to her”– from a drawing by Isabel Bishop (1902-1988).
  • The image of Godmersham Park. Godmersham was home of Edward Austen Knight, Jane Austen’s brother. Jane Austen visited the house often and it is believed that it was the inspiration for a number of her novels.
  • Jane Austen’s writing table – the central design in the background is inspired by the 12 sided writing table, and writing quills, used by Jane Austen at Chawton Cottage.​

VIDEO: HOW JANE AUSTEN MADE IT ON TO THE NEW £10 NOTE

VIDEO 2 – HOW A NEW BANKNOTE IS PRODUCED