A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of”– Jane Austen
England has produced a new 10 pound note to mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death.
The new polymer note featuring one of England’s most beloved female authors will start circulating in September.
Jane Austen will be the only female featured on a bank note (apart from the Queen) since Elizabeth Fry was removed from the old five pound note (the previous note featured Winston Churchill).
The new tenner is not without its controversy. It has been under fire for using animal fat and tallow in its development, inciting backlash from vegans and certain religious groups. More than 100,000 people signed a petition to ban the production of the new note, but were unsuccessful.
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According to author and historian, Lucy Worsley, the new note is bittersweet for die-hard Austen fans:
It's deeply ironic that the image chosen by the Bank of England isn't really her.
"It's an author publicity portrait painted after she died in which she's been given the Georgian equivalent of an airbrushing — she's been subtly "improved."
Despite uproar, the new polymer note will go ahead and is believed to last 2.5 times longer than their paper predecessor.
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