New £10 note: Londoners get their hands on new Jane Austen note as it enters ciculation

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Londoners today got their hands on the new polymer £10 notes as the hunt was on to find examples with a low serial number.

Three branches of Santander in the capital were among the first to get deliveries, with the Triton Square branch getting £40,000 worth to deal with demand. 

The new note, which features Jane Austen, is designed to be more secure with a number of security features, including a hologram window.

Dominic Seymour, 45, a television commercial producer from Wandsworth, was first in line at Triton Square this morning. 

The new notes ready to enter circulation. (PA)

He said: “I heard in the radio this morning that the new £10 notes were out and I had some old pound coins which I wanted to change.

“It’s good we have Jane Austen on the new notes, making them more representative of who we are, and them being plastic is more useful, they feel like they’re going to last.”

Victorio DiezGarcia, Santander’s divisional deputy director, said: “They last two and a half times longer than the old notes.” 

Sellers were taking bids on eBay for what they promised were low serial number notes. 

The serial numbers show when the note was printed, starting with the prefix of AA01 and going up from there – the lower the number, the more valuable the banknote.

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