The Jane Austen Polymer £10 notes to look out for…

When the new polymer £5 note was released in September 2016, serial numbers became the talk of a nation. Stories of early serial numbers selling for thousands of pounds were commonplace. An “AK37 007 James Bond Bank of England Polymer £5 note” sold for £5000 – 1,000 times its face value!

A ‘James ‘Bond’ £5 note sold for £5,000 on eBay

So with the release of the new Jane Austen £10 note TODAY, I’ve taken a look at the serial numbers I think everybody will be searching for…

World famous author, Jane Austen, features on the new Polymer £10 note

The first prefixes I considered were JA01, JA75 (Jane Austen’s birth year) and JA17 (the year of Jane Austen’s death).

However, whilst these will likely become popular with collectors in the future,  it could be many years before notes with these serial numbers enter circulation due to the huge amount of possible combinations that would come before ‘JA’.

Prefixes on the £5 notes started at AA and there are 60 notes on a sheet, AA01- AA60. For each of these cyphers there are 999,000 serial numbers printed: 000001 to 999000. Therefore for the first AA cypher there’s an incredible 59,940,000 notes!

I know that with the £10 note being larger, there are only 54 notes per sheet but that’s still A LOT of combinations.

UK Bank notes are produced in very large batches (Image: the Bank of England)

So I started looking at the main 8 digit serial numbers and there are certainly some key Jane Austen dates collectors will be looking out for:

  • Serial numbers 16 121775 and 18 071817 would represent the author’s date of birth and death respectively.
  • Serial number 17 751817 would be her birth and death year combined.
  • And true Jane Austen fanatics would know that Serial number 28 011813 is the date that Jane Austen’s most celebrated novel, Pride and Prejudice, was first published.

What others serial numbers should I look out for?

The first is obvious, AA01 notes are the first to be printed and will undoubtedly be popular amongst collectors.

The rest of the AA prefix notes will be interesting to collectors but not necessarily worth a huge amount, although that said, some £5 notes did sell for around £20 last year – four times their face value.

There may well be a rush to find the AK47 serial numbers again and James Bond 007 will likely be popular.

Consecutively numbered notes are always interesting to collectors too, one man sold three consecutive AA01 notes for £456.

Will all the serial numbers be circulated?

Actually, no. The Bank of England will always hold back some of the notes with the earliest serial numbers, donating them to people or institutions that were involved in the development of the note or who traditionally receive a note when a new series is issued. For example, the Queen receives AA01 000001 and the Churchill War Rooms received a new £5 note with serial number AA01 001945, the date that WWII ended.

The Bank of England did offer people the chance to own some of the earliest serial numbers when they held an auction (which raised £194,500 for a number of charities). However, these were not cheap, the earliest note (AA01 000017) sold for £4,150 and the average price for a single £5 note was £865.

Can you request specific serial numbered notes from the bank?

Sadly not. For the launch of the new £5 note 440 million bank notes were printed and these were printed in very large batches.

There will be even more new £10 notes printed than the £5, to service the country’s 48,000 ATMs for example, so it’s just not possible for the bank to separate certain serial numbers.

How much should I pay for a new £10 note?

The simple answer is, it’s completely up to you. An early serial numbered £10 note will be a genuine piece of the country’s history. It’s likely the bank of England will hold another auction of early editions, so if you have the disposable income, why not?!

However, when the polymer £5 note was released we saw a collecting frenzy. The prices people were paying (and demanding) for some of the early notes was vastly inflated and in some cases ridiculous, as Yasmin explained earlier in the year.

Just remember, a year down the line the market has settled and you can now pick up an AA01 note for around £7.00 on eBay.


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21 Responses to The Jane Austen Polymer £10 notes to look out for…

  1. Antonia Shrimpton says:

    I have a new 10 pound note serial AA01 not creased immaculate? Is this worth anything

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    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi Antonia, AA01 notes are amongst the most desirable with collectors, however it’s hard for me to value the note. If you are looking to sell it you could list it on eBay. A collector may be willing to pay slightly more than face value, however it’s consecutive low serial numbered notes that people are very interested in. I hope that this helps – Luke

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  2. Lesley Cheadle says:

    Hi I have a ten pound note Starting AA18 is it worth anything more ?

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    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi Lesley, I’m afraid I cannot put a value on the note, if you are looking to sell I would suggest having a look on eBay to see if any similar notes have sold. Being honest, I would suggest that only the very low AA notes are worth anything more than face value. Even then it’s completely dependent on what a collector is willing to pay. Thanks Luke

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  3. mark says:

    is my new ac05 cord new 10 pound note worth anything

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    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi Mark, I’m afraid I cannot put a value on the note, if you are looking to sell I would suggest having a look on eBay to see if any similar notes have sold. Being honest, I would suggest that only the very low AA notes are worth anything more than face value. Even then it’s completely dependent on what a collector is willing to pay. Thanks Luke

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  4. Lucy says:

    How much is AA53??

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    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi Lucy, I’m afraid I cannot put a value on the note, if you are looking to sell I would suggest having a look on eBay to see if any similar notes have sold. Being honest, I would suggest that only the very low AA notes are worth anything more than face value. Even then it’s completely dependent on what a collector is willing to pay. Thanks Luke

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  5. Antonia Shrimpton says:

    I have a new 10 pound note serial AA01 not creased immaculate?

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  6. S Richardson says:

    Ive just got 4 from ATM and have consecutive numbers 52 53 54 then 56 no 55 they are brand new notes so wheres the 55 gone?

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  7. Debra Jones says:

    I have 2 notes AD07 827249 and AD07 827248 WOULD THEY BE WORTH ANYTHING

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    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi Debra, Honestly, they’re probably not worth anything more than face value. The notes that would be worth more are the very early AA01 serials numbers. -Luke

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  8. John says:

    Great information here, thankyou.
    My question is are the Bank of England going to hide away another famous face within the note.
    I had a feeling that the hidden ‘Jane Austin’ on the fiver meant she was going to be on the Tenner.
    And likewise if they do the same again in the tenner, that will be the face of the twenty. Etc etc.
    Cheers.
    JP

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  9. Adam2218 says:

    Which banks is it possible to find them in at London?

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  10. william wilson says:

    Excellent blog, keep up the good work

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  11. Richard Skelly. says:

    Always enjoy reading your column. Interesting, and informative. Keep up the good work.

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  12. Craig holt says:

    Hi

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  14. michael burman says:

    Don’t forget about Scottish notes/

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