Jane Austen to be new face of £10 note

25 July 2013

Jane Austen has been revealed as the new historical figure who will grace the back of £10 notes, yet the majority of Brits don't know who currently holds the coveted position.

Almost two thirds (64%) of people were unaware that Charles Darwin currently sits on the back of their tenner, yet 55% thought they should be allowed to vote on who replaces him.

The new bank note is likely to come into circulation in 2017; the Bank of England announced in April that Sir Winston Churchill will appear on £5 notes from 2016.

Mark Carney, new governor of the BoE, confirmed the news today, saying: "Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes.

"As Austen joins Adam Smith, [industrialist] Boutlon and [physicist] Watt, and in future, Churchill, our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals who have contributed in a wide range of fields."

The design will also feature notable quotes from the novels of the author.

More than 80% of people surveyed by Top Cashback said they would be happy to see Jane Austen on the back of the bank note, with other suggestions ranging from David Beckham to Emmeline Pankhurst.

This article was written for our sister website Money Observer

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