Paper £10 notes to be withdrawn from March 2018

14 November 2017

Paper £10 notes featuring Charles Darwin will cease to be legal tender from 11.59pm on 1 March 2018, the Bank of England has announced.

The notes, which were first issued in 2000, can continue to be used as normal until they’re withdrawn or you can swap them at your bank before 1 March 2018.

After 1 March 2018, you will still be able to swap the Charles Darwin notes at the Bank of England in person or by post.

The move follows the launch of the new polymer (plastic) Jane Austen £10 note on 14 September.

As at 3 October, over half (55%) of the £10 notes in circulation were polymer notes, according to the Bank of England.

However, 359 million paper £10 notes are still in circulation. Most of which will be automatically withdrawn from circulation.  

The Jane Austen note was the second polymer banknote to launch in the UK, following in the footsteps of the Winston Churchill £5 note, which went into circulation in September 2016.


In reply to by anonymous_stub (not verified)

Have to unstuff my mattress again, had to do it for £50 & £5 notes now £10 notes then in 2 years £20 notes. Now bank branches have closed it's hard getting large amounts like £20K to £50K swapped. Banks are a pain and also is cash now, should be a BoE office in every town to handle transactions when notes change, can't send safely by post as not insured and then I like to see them counted in front of me. I once drew £130K in £50 notes and sealed pack was £50 short.

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