De La Rue designed Jane Austen £10 note enters circulation

14 September 2017

The new £10 banknote, featuring the novelist Jane Austen, will be available from today as it enters general circulation.

De La Rue, the world’s largest commercial producer of banknotes and passports, designed and printed the new polymer note. The award-winning design team used a well-known portrait of the world famous author and turned it into the iconic image on the note.

This is the first time a Bank of England banknote includes a specific tactile feature to help blind and partially sighted people to identify the notes. De La Rue worked closely with the Bank of England to develop this new feature for the £10 note. This is in addition to the elements already incorporated into their banknotes for vision impaired people, such as bold numerals, different colours and sizing.

Martin Sutherland, the Chief Executive of De La Rue, said:

“As a great British business we have been designing symbols of national identity for 200 years, whether they be in currency or passports, so we were delighted to work so closely with the Bank of England on the development of the new note.

“Jane Austen is also a national icon and so it is fitting that she is celebrated on the new note which is a symbol of national pride. It is a tribute to our talented design team that they have so skilfully brought her to life in this image.”

The release of the new £10 note marks the company’s strong relationship with the Bank of England following a 10 year contract signed in 2014, and including the design and printing of the new £5 polymer note.

uk ten pound front image

Bank of England £10 Jane Austen back image


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About De La Rue:

De La Rue’s purpose is to enable every citizen to participate securely in the global economy. As a trusted partner of governments, central banks and commercial organisations, De La Rue provides products and services that underpin the integrity of trade, personal identity and the movement of goods. As the world’s largest designer and commercial printer of banknotes, De La Rue designs, manufactures and delivers banknotes, banknote substrates and security features to customers in a world where currency will continue to be a key part of the developing payments eco-system.

De La Rue is the only fully integrated supplier of both paper and polymer banknotes, and creates security features that ensure banknotes are protected against counterfeiting. De La Rue is the world’s largest commercial printer of passports, delivering national and international identity tokens and software solutions for governments in a world that is increasingly focused on the importance of a legal and secure identity for every individual. De La Rue also creates and delivers secure product identifiers and ‘track and trace’ software for governments and commercial customers alike to help to tackle the challenge of illicit or counterfeit goods and the collection of revenue and excise duties.

De La Rue is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LON-DLAR).

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