Size: 142 x 75mm
Main color: orange-brown
Date of issue: 7 November 2000
Date ceased to be legal tender: 1 March 2018
The Series V banknote, the 10 pound note, entered circulation on 7 November 2000. It features a portrait of 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. The banknote was withdrawn from circulation after 1 March 2018. For information about how to exchange withdrawn notes check Bank of England Exchanging old banknotes page.
Security features can help you to tell if a £10 Series V note is fake or real.
(1)Check he paper and raised print
Banknotes are printed on special paper that gives them their unique feel. By running your finger across the front of the 10 pound note you can feel raised print in areas such as the words ‘Bank of England’.
(2)Check the metallic thread
There is a metallic thread embedded in every banknote. This appears as silver dashes on the back of the Series V 10 pounds note. If you hold note up to the light the metallic thread will appear as a continuous dark line.
(3)Check the watermark.
Hold the banknote up to the light and you will see the image of the Queen’s portrait.
(4)Check the print quality.
The printed lines and colors on the £10 note are sharp, clear and free from smudges or blurred edges.
Using a magnifying glass, look closely at the lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait on the £10- you will see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers.
(6)Check the ultra-violet feature
If you look at the front of the note under a good quality ultra-violet light, the number 10 appears in bright red and green whilst the background remains dull in contrast.
(7)Check the hologram
There is a hologram on the foil patch on the front of the Ten pound note. If you tilt the note, the image will change between a brightly colored picture of Britannia and the number 10.