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New plastic £10 note due to arrive in banks this week - everything you need to know

The polymer note will be the first to incorporate reading assistance for the blind

The new Jane Austen inspired £10 note will hit banks on Thursday (September 14) and has a number of "upgrades" from the paper notes we have been used to using for so long.

Not only is this the first "all-female" note that has ever been produced by the Bank of England but it is the first time a female, other than the Queen, has appeared all together.

The note joins the " polymer-family " along side the new £5 that is already in circulation.

The new £10 note featuring Jane Austen(Image: PA)

It retains the same brownish colour that was used for its predecessor but has a many number of features designed as part of a new generation of currency.

Here's everything you need to know about the new addition to the polymer family.

The Jane Austen factor

The new note will replace the the oldest Bank of England banknote design in circulation.

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, revealed the featured picture of Jane Austen back in July and it was drawn by her nephew in 1870.

The 2017 release of the note will mark 200 years since Austen's death in 1817.

The design also features Winchester Cathedral where she is buried alongside the quote, “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”

Also featured is an image of Godmersham Park House, the estate owned by Jane Austen’s brother, Edward.

The design

The note itself will be 15% smaller than the £10 paper equivalent but larger than the new £5.

When the note is tilted the word "ten" changes to "pounds" and a multi-colored rainbow effect can be seen.

When placed under a UV light the number 10 appears in bright red and green and on the back there is a foil patch that contains the initials "JA."

Clusters of raised dots are also featured to help blind and partially sighted people distinguish between the notes.

So where and when can you get one?

Most bank branches are expected to be stocking the notes within a week.

When the £5 was circulated, ATMs in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Hull and Cardiff were among the first to distribute them.

If you live in these cities you are probably more likely to get your hands on them first.

The old £10 will go out of circulation in spring 2018, with banks and businesses gradually removing old notes before that date.

Anyone with old £10 notes can get them exchanged at the Bank of England.

The Future

A new polymer £20 is set to follow in 2020 and will feature English romanticist artist JMW Turner.

There are no solid plans to replace the £50 note at this point in time.

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