The Bank of England £10 note has a new design and security feature.
Jane Austen replaces Charles Darwin. Charles Dickens was of an earlier generation.
The notes are made of Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene (BOPP), a non-fibrous and non-porous polymer that is processed through the following steps:
- Opacifying – two layers of ink (usually opaque white) are applied to each side of the note, except for any areas deliberately left clear;
- Sheeting – polymer substrate roll is cut into sheets to suit a flatsheet printing press;
- Printing – traditional offset, intaglio and letterpress processes are used; and
- Overcoating – notes are coated with a protective varnish.
Compared with paper banknotes, those made using BOPP are harder to tear, more resistant to folding, more resistant to soil and are waterproof.