Victoria Cleland is no longer Chief Cashier at the Bank of England, having been promoted. She was
succeeded by Sarah John in June 2018.
It was during Cleland’s term of office that the Bank of England started the transition from paper to
polymer banknotes. The Polymer £10 note issued in September 2017 features a
portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the front with a portrait of Jane Austen alongside a view of
Godmersham House on the back. Instead of the embedded security thread of the paper £10 note, a see
though security panel serves the same purpose.
The Bank of England issued the £10 note with Charles Darwin on the back in November 2000 while Merlyn
Lowther was Chief Cashier. The first notes which rolled off the presses had an error in the Copyright panel
with an extra ‘The’ appearing in the inscription. So many millions were printed before the bank realised its mistake
and corrected the error that this is now regarded as a separate variety.
We can offer Crisp Uncirculated versions of the Corrected Lowther Darwin £10. (B390) They are distinguished
from the previous issue by the removal of the extra word ‘The’ in the copyright legend. These paper £10
notes, disappeared from circulation are now over 17 years old and increasingly difficult to find in high grade.
Crisp Uncirculated Lowther Corrected £10 note.