This is when old paper £10 notes will be WORTHLESS

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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.

The new, plastic tenner, which features Jane Austen, went into circulation in mid-September.

They became legal tender on the 14th September this year.

They will feature quotes made by Austen, such as: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" from Pride and Prejudice, as well as her initials.

The governor of the Bank of England, who revealed the new note, said it is "cleaner, safer and stronger. and resistant to curry".

Other features include a portrait of the writer, the image of Godmersham Park where the writer's brother lived, and the author's writing table.

However, the new notes have drawn criticism from vegans and religious groups across England and Wales for containing traces of tallow, an animal by-product of beef or mutton fat.

Like the £5 note already in circulation featuring Sir Winston Churchill, the new £10 banknote is made from polymer, which is more durable and expected to last five years in total.

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