The new £10 note was launched this week in England and Wales on Thursday 14th September. As always when a new note is released, everyone wonders if they might actually bag one that’s worth lots of money!
Amazingly, I withdrew two brand spanking new £10 notes from the cash machine today, only two days after they were released. This is a first for me, usually it’s weeks before I see a new coin or note once it enters circulation. But is it actually worth any more than ten pounds?
Who’s on the new notes?
As well as Her Majesty Queen of England, the new ten pound notes feature the world famous English Author Jane Austen. 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the author’s death so this is quite a fitting tribute!
Which Serial Numbers are worth big money?
As always, the very first notes to be released will be the ones to attract the big money. These notes will be the ones starting with serial number AA01. In previous releases, numbers AK47 and AK007 (for the James Bond fans) have also been good sellers. In fact, back in December 2016, a seller sold a new £5 note with serial number AK37 007 for £5,000! That’s 1,000 times it’s face value! Imagine being the guy that sold that!
This year, with the link to Jane Austen, the serial numbers beginning with JA will also be particularly sought after, especially those beginning with JA17 (Jane Austen 2017).
The JA01, JA75 and JA17 prefixes will also be popular, as these represent Jane Austen’s initials and the years of her birth and death. However, it will probably take years before the JA prefix hits the high streets!
What is it made from?
Like the £5 note released in 2016, the new £10 note is made from polymer.
Polymer banknotes are cleaner, more secure, and more durable than paper banknotes. They will provide enhanced counterfeit resilience, and increase the quality of banknotes in circulation. (http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/banknotes/polymer/Pages/default.aspx)
New £20 note will be released in 2020 and will also be made of polymer.
Have you found one yet? Any lucky serial numbers out there? I’d love to hear in the comments!
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