The old £10 note will go out of circulation in March 2018

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As at 3 October 2017, 55% of £10 notes in circulation were made of polymer with an estimated 359 million paper £10 notes in circulation.

However, the Bank said that while the old notes will not be accepted in shops and other businesses from March 1, it will still be possible for Charles Darwin notes to be exchanged at the Bank of England.

If you still have the old tenner past this date the Bank of England, in the City of London, will swap your out-of-date paper for a crisp, new plastic £10 note featuring author Jane Austin.


The new, plastic tenner, which features Jane Austen, went into circulation in mid-September.

Here is a video explaining the security measures on the new polymer note.

The innovative polymer is more secure and durable in comparison with an old note, depicting Mr Darwin, one of the greatest personality in England's history.


Until this date you can still spend your old £10 notes.

The Bank of England argues that these notes are much harder to counterfeit and last longer than paper notes.

However the introduction of the new material caused some controversy when it was revealed that the polymer used contained traces of animal fat - or fallow - and were unsuitable for vegetarians. Changing production would also involve considerable extra costs to taxpayers.


Despite the vegans' protests, the note with Jane Austen also has an inscription in raised dots that help blind and partially-sighted users to identify them.

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