The last day you can use the old £10 notes has been announced

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Old £10 note

by Anna Sky Hulton |
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A couple of months ago there was much excitement when the new, more secure £10 note was released, but at the time there was no word on when the old notes would come out of circulation.

The date for this has now been revealed by the Bank of England and we have another four months until the old notes are taken out of circulation. After the 1st March 2018 any of the old paper £10 notes (featuring Charles Darwin), will no longer be legal tender.

The new polymer £10 note entered circulation on the 14th September and features British author Jane Austen on the new design.

Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier
©Victoria Cleland, Chief Cashier © Bank of England

Like with any new notes there are special serial numbers which can be worth a lot more than the face value. According to the Change Checker website there are a few different ones that we should keep a look out for, namely JA01, as well as JA75 (Jane Austen’s birth year) and JA17 (the year of Jane Austen’s death). Find out how your new £10 note could be worth thousands of pounds.

The £10 note is the second Bank of England note to be made out of polymer. We should also expect a new £20 note in 2020, however there are no plans to replace the paper £50 note.

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When the new £5 note entered circulation last year the public quickly found unexpected ways to use the new polymer note, including using it as a straw and a record player!

See our gallery below of special money:


Special Money - coins and notes

UK Crowned Shield £1 coin1 of 14

UK Crowned Shield £1 coin

Although they are fairly common, they can currently fetch around £3 - £5.50. They are one of the oldest £1 coins around having been minted in 1988, just five years after the £1 coin was introduced.

Edinburgh City £1 coin2 of 14

Edinburgh City £1 coin

This was released in 2011 and is thought to be worth £12 - £16.

Scotland's Thistle and Bluebell £1 coin3 of 14

Scotland's Thistle and Bluebell £1 coin

Even with a mintage of 5.1 million it is worth £3 - £5 to collectors.

Cardiff City £1 coin4 of 14

Cardiff City £1 coin

This coin features the Coat of Arms of Cardiff as the principal focus to represent Wales. It is thought to be worth £11 - £15.

London City £1 coin5 of 14

London City £1 coin

Although more common than the Scottish and Welsh versions it is still worth £5 - £8.

EC and Kew Gardens6 of 14
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EC and Kew Gardens

Dating back to 1992/3 this larger 50p coin (left) was issued to celebrate the British presidency of the council of Europe. No longer in circulation could be worth around £40.The Kew Gardens design was minted to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Only 210,000 coins were made and is now expected to sell on eBay for £70 - £100.

2011 WWF and 2012 The Offside Explained7 of 14
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2011 WWF and 2012 The Offside Explained

2011 WWF design of the 50p (left) can often sell for around £200 to collectors.The Offside Explained 50p apparently regularly changes hands for around £10.

2012 Olympics - Swimmer8 of 14
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2012 Olympics - Swimmer

Early versions of the coin show the swimmer with the water covering their head, however later versions have the lines of water removed.According to eBay only 600 of the early version are in circulation, fetching up to £3000 when they were first placed on eBay.

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New fiver (£5)

The new £5 note was released into circulation on the 13th September 2016. Notes with serial numbers starting with AA or AK 47 sold for much more than than their face value.

New tenner (£10)10 of 14
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New tenner (£10)

The new £10 note, featuring Jane Austen was released on 14th September 2017.As before many with the serial number AA or AK 47 were highly sought after as well as those with serial numbers relating to Jane Austen's birthday, date of death, or date the Pride and Prejudice was first published.

Peter Rabbit 50p11 of 14
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Peter Rabbit 50p

The Peter Rabbit collectable coin is available to buy from the Royal Mint.

Benjamin Bunny 50p12 of 14
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Benjamin Bunny 50p

Benjamin Bunny was released earlier this year (2017).

Tom Kitten 50p13 of 14
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Tom Kitten 50p

Tom Kitten was released earlier this year (2017).

Jeremy Fisher 50p14 of 14
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Jeremy Fisher 50p

Jeremy Fisher was released earlier this year (2017).

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