Bank of England Governor Mark Carney confirmed that Jane Austen will appear on a Bank of England banknote: the next new character following Sir Winston Churchill. The Governor said: “Jane Austen certainly merits a place in the select group of historical
figures to appear on our banknotes."
He added: "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 in future, Churchill, our notes will celebrate a diverse range of individuals."
The Austen note will be issued as a £10 note, within a year of the Churchill £5 note, which is targeted for issue during 2016.