The old £10 note will go out of circulation in March 2018

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The notes, featuring naturalist Charles Darwin, were introduced in 2000.

If you still have an old £10 note in your wallet, it's time to spend it.

The new £10, which features author Jane Austen as a picture, follows the introduction of the new £5 in September 2016, while a new polymer £20 note is due for introduction in 2020.

It is also the first British banknote with so-called tactile information, which helps blind and partially sighted people assess its value.

Around 55% of the £10 notes in circulation are made from polymer, while 359 million are paper.

Old notes can still be spent ahead of this date and you can exchange them at the Bank once this point has passed.

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It will stop being legal tender then, but you will still be able to exchange them at the bank, after the cut-off date.

A portrait of Austen is on the back of the polymer note, accompanied by a line from her best-known work, Pride and Prejudice: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!"

The foil image over the see-through window is Winchester Cathedral, where Austen was buried in 1817.

Beneath this image is Godmersham Park House, the estate owned by Austen's brother.

Now the new plastic £10 note has been jettisoned into circulation the old tenner is to be withdrawn.

However the introduction of the new material caused some controversy when it was revealed that the polymer used contained traces of animal fat - or fallow - and were unsuitable for vegetarians.

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