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10 pound note

10 Pound Sterling note

+ Pound sterling- General information

Quick links to current banknotes:

- 5 Pound Sterling polymer note
- 10 Pound Sterling polymer note
- 20 Pound Sterling note
- 50 Pound Sterling note

Withdrawn banknotes:

- 5 Pound Sterling note
- 10 Pound Sterling note

Size: 142 x 75 mm 

10 Pound Sterling note obverse 10 Pound Sterling note reverse

The current 10 pound note features Charles Darwin, the Victorian naturalist who developed the theory of evolution. Also pictured is an illustration of Darwin 's own magnifying lens and the flora and fauna that he may have come across on his travels.

+Security Features:

10 pound note specimen front
10 pound note specimen back

(1)Check the paper and the raised print

10 Pounds Sterling note raised print

Banknotes are printed on special paper that gives them their unique feel. By running your finger across the front of the 10 pounds note you can feel raised print in areas such as the words ‘Bank of England’.

(2)Check the metallic thread

10 Pound Sterling note metallic thread

There is a metallic thread embedded in every banknote. This appears as silver dashes on the back of  the 10 pound sterling note. If you hold the note up to the light the metallic thread will appear as a continuous dark line.

(3)Check the watermark.

10 Pound Sterling note watermark

Hold the banknote up to the light and you will see the image of the Queen’s portrait.

(4)Check the print quality.

10 Pound Sterling note print quality

The printed lines and colours on the 10 pound note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.

(5)Check microlettering

10 Pound Sterling note microlettering

Using a magnifying glass, look closely at the lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait on the 10GBP- you will see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers.

(6)Check the ultra-violet feature

10 Pound Sterling note ultra-violet feature

If you look at the front of the 10 pounds sterling note under a good quality ultra-violet light, the number 5 appears in bright red and green whilst the background remains dull in contrast.

(7)Check the hologram

10 Pound Sterling note hologram

There is a hologram on the foil patch on the front of the 10 GBP note. If you tilt the note, the image will change between a brightly coloured picture of Britannia and the number 10.

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