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UK: New tenner featuring Jane Austen challenges counterfeiters

The security features include an image of Winchester Cathedral carved in gold foil on the front side and in silver on the reverse side Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Sep 14, 2017, 12.27 PM (IST)

The Bank of England’s will start circulating the newly-introduced 10-pound notes on Thursday.

The note is known to have the most advanced features seen yet on any UK bills.

The new bills are the second denomination printed on polymer by the the bank and are believed to last 2.5 times longer than other paper notes.

The bills feature an image of early 19th author Jane Austen of "Pride and Prejudice" fame. 

The new banknote has eight visible security characteristics to deter counterfeiters

The note also has features that makes it useful for people who are blind and other with partial visual impairments.

The security features include an image of Winchester Cathedral carved in gold foil on the front side and in silver on the reverse side.

Winchester Cathedral - the church in England is also where the famous author is buried. The significance of the landmark made the BOE Governor Mark Carney to unveil the new note at the same spot.

The picture of a quill, symbolic of the author, changes from purple to orange based on the angle of the note.

A book-shaped copper foil patch contains Austen’s initials, and the words “Bank of England” are printed in raised ink, known as intaglio.

The tenner (as it is known) also has two holograms, one containing the word “Ten,” which changes to “Pounds” when it’s tilted, and the other of a crown.

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