Jane Austen Chosen for £10 Note

    This computer generated image provided by the Bank of England Wednesday July 24, 2013, shows the concept design for the reverse of the new 10-pound note with a picture of Jane Austen. The Bank of England chose the chronicler of 18th century English country life as the new face of the note, bowing to critics who complained that the venerable institution was ignoring women as candidates to be featured on the currency. (AP Photo/Bank of England)

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    Move over, Charles Darwin. Jane Austen will be the new face on the £10 note starting in 2017, the Bank of England has announced. The new note will also feature a quote from one of her novels. The Pride and Prejudice author was chosen after 35,000 people signed a petition to urge the bank to have a woman on one of the bills. In April, the bank announced that it would be replacing Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill on the £5 note in 2016. Bank officials said they had already been planning to put Austen’s face on the money. Banknotes are redesigned fairly often to prevent forgery.



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