BOE governor Mark Carney unveiled the new note in Winchester, southern England, where Austen is buried.
Carney, who unveiled the note at Winchester Cathedral said the notes serve as "repositories of the country's collective memory, promoting awareness of the United Kingdom's glorious history and highlighting the contributions of its greatest citizens", the Associated Press reported.
The new note will follow last year's issuance of £5 notes made of a durable polymer containing animal fat.
Tuesday's launch follows the introduction of a polymer five-pound note a year ago that sparked controversy after the Bank of England confirmed that tallow, or animal fat, is used in the production process. The Bank of England also says that along with the portrait of Austen, the note also has an illustration of one of her most beloved characters, Elizabeth Bennet. apart from the Queen, Austen will be the only woman to appear on a modern British banknote.
It has cost the bank £46million to print the £5 note and £24 million to print the £10 note.
The quotation came from Caroline Bingley, a character who, in fact, had no interest in books and was merely trying to impress a potential suitor, Mr Darcy.Читайте также: Solanke shines as Liverpool beat Palace in Hong Kong
The new currency is not without controversy. "I am delighted that the Jane Austen £10 note incorporates an innovative tactile feature, which I hope will greatly benefit blind and partially sighted users".
Meanwhile, a limited supply of a new £2 coin honouring Jane Austen has been put into circulation by the Royal Mint.
Carney said that the quote was quintessential Austen: It could be read straight or enjoyed ironically.
The Bank of England responded that the likeness was from an 1870 engraving commissioned by Austen's nephew, James Edward Austen Leigh, based on an 1810 sketch by her sister, Cassandra. "Austen's novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published".
The Bank of England said it had considered destroying, reprinting and delaying the issue of the new note in response to the backlash from vegetarians and vegans.
The current ten-pound note features scientist Charles Darwin, famous for his theory of evolution but these will be gradually phased out.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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