Old £10 note to disappear next year

Jane Austin enthusiasts hold the new £10 note outside Winchester Cathedral which marks the 200th anniversary of Austen's death during its unveiling at the cathedral

Jane Austin enthusiasts hold the new £10 note outside Winchester Cathedral

The Bank of England has announced that the old £10 paper banknote featuring Charles Darwin will be officially withdrawn from circulation on 1 March next year.

The old £10 notes have been in circulation since November 2000, but lost out to the new ones on grounds of security as well as durability.

After the introduction of the jazzy new plastic tenner, the Bank of England has revealed the date the old, paper version will stop being legal tender.

The Bank added that the public can continue to use the old notes as normal as most paper £10 notes will be automatically removed from circulation.

Its days have been numbered since the new polymer tenner, depicting author Jane Austen, entered circulation in September.

They also have an inscription in raised dots that helps blind and partially-sighted users to identify them. Now both the old paper £10 note featuring Charles Darwin and the polymer note are in circulation.

However, the new notes have drawn criticism from vegans and religious groups across England and Wales for containing traces of tallow, an animal by-product of beef or mutton fat.

The new £20, to be introduced in 2020, will used palm oil - a decision that has also been criticised because it is an ingredient which has been controversial for its contribution to deforestation.

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