New £10 Note Security Features, What Happens After The Deadline?


The plastic £10 note launched in September last year, following in the footsteps of the new polymer fiver.

Its release marked the beginning of the end for old, paper tenners after the Bank of England announced a deadline of early 2018.

The official date for using them up is March 1, 2018 – after this date, they’ll no longer be legal tender.

Some Nigeria Banks such as United Bank of Africa (UBA) already notified its customers via corporate emails and on relevant social media handles (see screenshot below)

We wish to draw your attention to the announcement by The Bank of England that the old paper £10 notes (Ten British Pounds), will no longer be accepted as legal tender.

We therefore, advise that you deposit these old paper notes in your possesion into your Domiciliary account at any of our business offices, on or before Wednesday , 28th February 2018.

In the interim, however, you can still use them freely in stores and on the high street – you may also receive them in change and at cash machines (UK).

This is perfectly fine – however, if you have them stashed away in piggy banks at home, it’s advised that you swap then sooner rather than later.

If you still have any after the deadline, you’ll have to visit your local bank or building the society, post office or the Bank of England’s offices to have them traded into new ones.

You will need to be a customer of the bank for them to exchange the note.

If you have a lot to swap, you may be asked to provide identification, such as a passport or driving licence to trade them in.

The new £10 note has sophisticated security features to thwart counterfeiters.

  • A see-through window featuring the Queen’s portrait
  • Winchester Cathedral is shown in gold foil on the front of the note and silver on the back
  • A quill at the side of the window which changes from purple to orange
  • A hologram which contains the word Ten and changes to Pounds when the note is tilted
  • A hologram of the coronation crown which appears 3D and multi-colored when the note is tilted
  • A book-shaped copper foil patch which contains the lettering JA
  • Micro-lettering beneath the Queen’s portrait with tiny letters and numbers that can be seen under a microscope
  • The words Bank of England printed in intaglio (raised ink) along the top of the note