Jane Austen is the face of Britain's new £10 note


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/07/18/jane-austen-is-the-face-of-bri.html


#2

I remember it being Darwin when I was in the UK, and being so happy there was a place that would put scientists on the currency. Kinda wished they’d gone with Rosalind Franklin here instead, but, hey, this works.


#3

In with “Pence and Sensibility” before anyone else gets to it.


#4

We’ve also had George Stephenson on the £5, Michael Faraday on the £20 and James Watt is on the current £50 note.


#5

Perhaps Franklin and Hodgkin could replace Smith on the £20.


#6

I was hoping for Marx and Engels, just to piss off the right wingers.


#7

Which would piss them off more, do you think? Communists on the money, or a Prussian and a German on the money?


#8

Nice!

I don’t know if it was in wide circulation, or more of a novelty, but my girlfriend at the time, having noted how enamored I was with the 10 pound Darwin note, later sent me a 2 pound Darwin coin.

Of course, these days I can’t even keep track of all the stuff that’s getting put on the U.S. quarter, but still no scientists that I know of.


#9

#10

Baldrick: What, Jane Austen’s a man?

Black Adder: Of course – a huge Yorkshireman with a beard like a rhododendron bush.


#11

As a very infrequent visitor to the UK I find this regular changing of banknotes irritating.
I always have a few left over which I then find are no longer legal tender when I visit again.


#12

Jane Austen? Why not Reginald Dyer? Getting rid of 'furriners is the new theme of british politics after all.


#13

[sigh]

Jane Austen is not “the face of Britain’s new £10 note”.

She’ll appear on the Bank of England’s notes, widely circulated in England and Wales and accepted in Scotland, but Scotland has its own £10 notes (that’s notes - plural). If we extend it beyond Britain to the rest of the UK, Northern Ireland has its own £10 notes too.

As may have been mentioned, England =/= the UK.

Coins are issued for the whole UK. Apparently 3 4 million of that design were minted, and they’re still in use.


#14

And they photoshopped her portrait.


#15

I was pleased to see this when I was in Serbia a couple years ago: https://goo.gl/images/52kLjZ


#16

They’ve already got a German on the currency. And the stamps…


#17

I’ve taken a look online and apparently, the currency goes: linguist, writer/philosopher, musicologist, scientist, painter, scientist, financier/philantropist, scientist, jurist/politician.


#18

Tesla was the only one I recognized.


#19

It’s cool but I kind of hoped they’d get Kate Beaton to produce the portrait


#20

This makes me so happy. I want to get one.