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Old £10 note to disappear next year

15 November 2017

The old paper £10 note featuring Charles Darwin will expire shortly before midnight on March 1, 2018, the Bank of England has announced.

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

Now both the old paper £10 note featuring Charles Darwin and the polymer note are in circulation.

While Brits will no longer be able to spend the old note after March 1, it will still be possible to exchange the notes at the Bank of England by swapping them in person at the bank's City of London headquarters.

The note also includes a quote from her famous work, Pride and Prejudice, which says: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading".

Around 55 per cent of £10 notes now in circulation are the polymer version, while the remaining 359 million are paper "old style" 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.

Over one billion new £10 notes were printed ready for issue back in September.

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.

At the time, many major banks and building societies confirmed that customers could continue to deposit old £5 notes after the cut-off date, so the same may happen for the £10 note.

Old £10 note to disappear next year