20-Sep-2017
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New polymer £10 note featuring Jane Austen is due to be released this week

LONDON Sept 12: The new polymer £10 note featuring Jane Austen is due to be released this week -and some could be worth thousands.
 
The release will see a repeat of the scramble to find currency with the coveted 'AA' serial number.
 
When the £5 polymer notes were put into general circulation earlier this year a lucky few cashed in - making thousands of pounds because of the rarity of their fivers.
 
The new currency is plastic, difficult to tear and can survive being put through the washing machine and other spills.
 
Adapting bank cash machines, rail ticket machines, self-service tills and other vending machines to cope with them is costing up to £236million, say consultants CMS Payment.
 
Not all machines are ready to take the new notes, which have extra security features, making them harder to counterfeit.
 
To help the blind and vision-impaired distinguish between denominations, new £10 and £20 notes will have tactile features created by a series of raised dots.
 
The note will be distinguishable by not having raised dots. The denominations will still be different sizes and have a similar colour scheme to existing notes.
 
More than 30 countries already use plastic banknotes. Australia was the first to launch them in 1988, followed by countries including New Zealand and Singapore.
 
Scotland has had polymer notes since March, when two mmillion were released by the Clydesdale Bank. 
 
The transition to polymer has sparked controversy after the Bank confirmed that an 'extremely small amount' of tallow - or animal fat - was used to produce polymer pellets, which were part of the production process for creating the notes.
 
Activists and religious groups have been pushing for sustainable, plant-based alternatives and have accused the central bank of forcing unethical products on the public. 
 
The note will be the only one in circulation to feature a woman, aside from the Queen, following the replacement of the old £5 note which featured prison reformer Elizabeth Fry, with the polymer version featuring Sir Winston Churchill. 
 
But the note has caused anger over what is claimed to be a misleading quote from Pride and Prejudice character Caroline Bingley - an antagonist in the famous novel.
 
The words 'I declare after all there is no enjoyment but reading!' feature underneath a portrait of Austen, commissioned by her family.