Pride Comes To Jane Austen’s Memory As Britain Unveils New Bank Note In Her Honour

The Oasis Reporters

July 20, 2017

Inset : BoE Governor, Mark Carney unveils the new bank note in honour of Jane Austen.

Voted number 70 in a 2002 BBC poll on a list of “100 Most Famous Britons Of All Time”, Honour finally comes to Jane Austen a Georgian era author, best known for her social commentary in novels including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma.

Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in Steventon, Hampshire, England. … Her novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility.

The Bank of England (BoE) has unveiled a new bank note featuring Jane Austen to coincide with the author’s death 200 years ago after a campaign to include more women on Britain’s currency especially at a time that Britain is asserting it’s ‘Brexitness’ from the EU currency, the Euro.

“The new note worth ten pounds is made of polymer instead of paper and will enter circulation in September.

The launch follows the introduction of a polymer five-pound note last year that sparked controversy after the Bank of England confirmed that tallow, or animal fat, was used in the production process”, according to TheWill, an online publication.

Jane Austen was an English novelist known primarily for her six major novels, which interpret, critique and comment upon the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century, a Wikipedia source says.
Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775, and died two hundred years ago (18 July 1817) at Winchester, United Kingdom.

As a popular author whose novels were relished by literature students in the Commonwealth countries, Nigeria inclusive, she was nominationed for Goodreads Choice Awards, Best Graphic Novels & Comics, Goodreads Choice Awards , Best Humor Awards etc.

The BoE is continuing to use tallow in it’s currency prints, though it is looking at the possibility of finding a different product in time for the release of its polymer 20-pound note due in 2020 because activists and religious groups have called for sustainable, plant-based alternatives.

BoE Governor Mark Carney unveiled the new note in Winchester, southern England, where Austen is buried praising the new notes for being waterproof and having enhanced security features and will also contain raised dots to help the visually-impaired.

“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 it’s greatest citizens,” Carney said at the unveiling.

“The new 10 pound note celebrates Jane Austen’s work. Austen’s novels have a universal appeal and speak as powerfully today as they did when they were first published,” he added.

The current ten-pound note which features scientist Charles Darwin, famous for his theory of evolution, will be gradually phased out.

Without Prejudice, this new ten pounds note will bring Pride to the legacy of the author of Pride and Prejudice.

Greg Abolo

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