Now, the Bank of England has confirmed that from March 1 2018, the old note will no longer be accepted as payment.
Around 55 per cent of the £10 notes now in circulation are the newer version pictured above, while the remaining 359 million are made of paper.
The Bank introduced the paper £10 note featuring naturalist Charles Darwin on November 7, 2000.
While Brits will no longer be able to spend the old note after March 1, it will still be possible to exchange the notes at the Bank of England by swapping them in person at the bank's City of London headquarters.
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