Bank of England reveals last day to use old £10 notes

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If you still have any old £10 notes, make sure you spend them before 1 March next year.

The notes, featuring Charles Darwin, were introduced on the 7th November 2000, but have now been replaced by a polymer version - which gives pride of place to author Jane Austen.

Old notes can still be spent ahead of this date and you can exchange them at the Bank once this point has passed.

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Around 55 per cent of the £10 notes now in circulation are the newer version pictured above, while the remaining 359 million are made of paper.

An important notice from the Bank of England: despite the circulation only new polymer tenner since 1st March 2018, the old note can still be exchanged by the Bank after the cut-off date.

However the Bank of England made the decision to keep the notes in circulation. Approximately 359 million paper £10 notes are estimated to still be in circulation.

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Beneath this image is Godmersham Park House, the estate owned by Austen's brother.

The transition to polymer has caused controversy after the Bank confirmed that an "extremely small amount" of tallow - or animal fat - was used to produce polymer pellets, which were part of the production process for creating the notes.

The Bank of England says the new tenners also contain sophisticated security features and are expected to last five years - two and a half years longer than the current ones.

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Now the new plastic £10 note has been jettisoned into circulation the old tenner is to be withdrawn.

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