The new Jane Austen £10 note was unveiled today by the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney.
Carney said at the launch of the note in Winchester Cathedral, the burial place of the author:
Her novels have an enduring and universal appeal, and she is recognised as one of the greatest writers in English literature.
As Austen joins Adam Smith, Boulton and Watt, and Churchill, our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals who have contributed in a wide range of fields.
The new polymer note featured a quote which, confusingly, is not directly from Austen, but from one of her characters in Pride and Prejudice.
The new £10 note will be issued in September, when Jane Austen will join 52 other depictions of women on 1,006 banknotes around the world.
According to data from Advisa, of 238 countries researched, 137 had people on their banknotes, and only 54 of those had women on notes, compared to 131 with men on notes.
While 83 countries had banknotes only with men on (including the United States of America) when people were featured on notes, only 6 countries had all women notes.
- Falkland Islands
- Ascension Island
- Saint Helena
You can browse the data in the below map:
Only 15 per cent of the faces that appear on banknotes are women, and while 398 men appear on notes internationally, only 52 women currently feature.
Here's a list of the people who appear on ten or more banknotes: