New notes are gaining currency, not just in India, but also elsewhere. A month after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) introduced two new banknotes into the economy, a fluorescent blue Rs 50 note and a bright yellow Rs 200 note, Bank of England too unveiled the final design of its 10-pound bank note. While the new Indian currency still has the face of the father of our nation- Mahatma Gandhi, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is now not the only woman to feature on the legal currency in England and Wales. The Bank of England on Tuesday circulated the new note into the economy with a change. The new plastic money worth 10 pounds has the face of a novelist Jane Austen. The Bank of England introduced the new note on the 200th death anniversary of the novelist on July 18, while it went into circulation today, according to a report by NYTimes.
Unlike the Indian currency that has the face of Mahatma Gandhi on all of its banknotes- Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2000, the currency of Britain now features former Prime Minister Winston Churchill on its 5-pound banknote, Jane Austen on its 10-pound banknote and others. According to Reuters, apart from the Queen, Austen is only the third woman to feature on a modern-day British banknote, after medical innovator Florence Nightingale and social reformer Elizabeth Fry. The new note commonly known as the ‘tenner’, is the first British banknote with a tactile feature, a series of raised dots in the top left-hand corner to help blind and partially sighted users.
As far as the new Indian currency is concerned, the height of the Rs 200 note is 66 mm x 146 mm according to RBI. While it bears the signature of Urjit R. Patel, Governor, Reserve Bank of India, the new note has Motif of Sanchi Stupa on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage. The fluorescent blue Rs 50 banknotes bearing the motif of ‘Hampi with Chariot’ on the reverse side along with the Ashoka pillar emblem on the right side of the obverse.
Mark Carney, the Governor of Bank of England was quoted saying, “Our banknotes serve as repositories of the country’s collective memory, promoting awareness of the United Kingdom’s glorious history and highlighting the contributions of its greatest citizens.” He added, “Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published.”
Jane Austen is considered one of the great chroniclers of English country life in the Georgian era at the turn of the 19th century. here novels include- Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Sense and Sensibility. Combining wit, romance and social commentary, her books have been adapted numerous times for television and film.