There was much controversy a few months ago when it was announced that Sir Winston Churchill would replace the only woman featured on British Money on the £5 note.
The Royal Mint has decided to make a change to the £10 note and remove Charles Darwin and replace him with Jane Austen instead in response to the critics.
From the BBC:
Author Jane Austen is to feature on the next £10 note, the Bank of England says, avoiding a long-term absence of women represented on banknotes.
The Pride and Prejudice author will be the next face of the note, replacing Charles Darwin, probably in 2017.
The portrait of Jane Austen, which will appear on the banknote, is adapted from a sketch drawn by her sister Cassandra Austen. Other features include:
- A quote from Pride and Prejudice – “I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!”
- An illustration of Elizabeth Bennet, one of the characters in Pride and Prejudice
- An image of Godmersham Park in Kent – the home of Jane Austen’s brother, Edward Austen Knight, and the inspiration for a number of novels
- A central background design of the author’s writing table which she used at home at Chawton Cottage in Hampshire
Very cool! Though I’m a little disappointed Charles Darwin is being kicked off the £10 note as I always thought it was really cool and bold to put him on the money. Imagine that happening in the USA!