Weatherford Democrat

Community News Network

July 24, 2013

Writer Jane Austen to appear on 10-pound banknote

LONDON — Jane Austen will appear on Britain's next 10-pound note, ensuring at least one female historical figure is represented on the currency in circulation.

The Bank of England plans to issue the new note with the early 19th-century novelist in 2016 or 2017, the 200th anniversary of her death. The central bank said Wednesday the note will include a quote from her book "Pride and Prejudice": "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!"

Austen's appearance follows concerns that Britain would have no female historical figures on the reverse of banknotes. The BOE plans to replace Elizabeth Fry, a 19th-century social reformer who features on the current five-pound note, with former Prime Minister Winston Churchill starting in 2016. While the queen appears on the front of the notes as the sovereign, the back has included historical figures since 1970.

"Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical figures to appear on our banknotes," BOE Governor Mark Carney said in the statement. "She is recognized as one of the greatest writers in English literature." Her appearance ensures that "our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals who have contributed in a wide range of fields."

In the statement, the BOE said the Austen note will be issued "within a year of the Churchill five-pound note, which is targeted for issue during 2016." It noted concerns about diversity and said "it was never the bank's intention that none of the four characters on our notes would be a woman."

Carney said the BOE will review its selection process for figures on notes and seek feedback from the public.

The Austen note will feature an illustration of Elizabeth Bennet, the heroine of "Pride and Prejudice," and a background design based on Austen's writing table.

Carney's predecessor, Mervyn King, had hinted at Austen's inclusion on a banknote last month, when he said she was a "clear candidate." She was a backup figure in case of any problems with the Churchill design and was "quietly waiting in the wings" to be on the next note, King said.

1
Text Only
Community News Network
Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre House to Vote on Slimmed-down Bill for Border Looming Demand Could Undercut Flight Safety Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Giant Ketchup Bottle Water Tower Up for Sale Easier Nuclear Construction Promises Fall Short Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results