I’ll take that in Austens, please.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s noble, lovely mien may soon replace Darwin’s on £10 notes. If the change is approved, Austen would become the third woman whose likeness has appeared on a British banknote since 1970 when the Bank of England began putting the images of historical figures on currency.

According to what outgoing governor, Sir Mervyn King, told the British Treasury select committee, the English novelist is “quietly waiting in the wings.” Mark Carney, the new governor, is set to take office on July 1 and will make the final decision.

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7 thoughts on “I’ll take that in Austens, please.

  1. Susan Kaye

    Some enterprising soul should set themselves up as a facilitator of non-Brits wanting the notes. Though I’m sure there are laws governing sending currency outside the country. I’ll be my own forger and just copy a pic of the notes if it all comes about.

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    1. Robin Helm Post author

      I would love one if you find any. People from our church bring home money from the countries they visit. Maybe a team will go through the UK after this is implemented.

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      1. Susan Kaye

        Manipulating currency is frowned on by most nations, but I’m sure Janeites will be granted an exclusion. It’s kind of a sickness, you know.

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    1. Robin Helm Post author

      I Googled “pictures of Jane Austen,” and that one had been used on several sites. I haven’t been able to find its origin, but I like it better than her sister Cassandra’s drawing.

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