The Bank of England's new 10-pound note enters circulation Thursday, and with it the most advanced features seen yet on United Kingdom bills.
It is the second plastic note to enter circulation in England and Wales after last year's launch of the £5 note featuring Winston Churchill.
Anybody left with an old £10 note when the deadline arrives will need to spend it or exchange it at a bank or post office. "First of all we were trying to understand, is it possible to have a feature that is easy to recognise, and will last well", the bank's chief cashier Victoria Cleland told Business Insider prior to the note's release.
The exact date will be announced at least three months in advance.
The Bank of England said that the task of updating "tens of thousands of machines" was "significant".
"The new £10 note celebrates Jane Austen's work".
"I am grateful to the cash industry for their support in bringing the cleaner, safer, stronger notes to the public". "Austen's novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published", he said. It has persevered with this, despite complaints from religious and vegan groups that the animal fat tallow is used in the production process.
Queen Elizabeth is also featured in a see-through window on the new note. They also have features that accommodate the blind and partially sighted.
Security features on the new banknote include a see-through window featuring the Queen's portrait, a quill which changes from purple to orange and a hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-coloured when the note is tilted. It has been used before on Australian and Canadian banknotes.
When does the old £10 note go out of circulation?They remain an acceptable form of cash until early next year.
A new polymer £20 featuring artist JMW Turner is due to be issued by the Bank of England in 2020, but there are no plans to replace the current £50 note, which was released in 2011.