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New plastic £10 note already on sale on eBay before official release

New plastic £10 note already on sale on eBay before official release
One of the new ten pound notes, featuring author Jane Austen, duting its launch at Winchester Cathedral in Winchester, southern England. (Photo: AFP)

A new polymer £10 note featuring English novelist Jane Austen will come into circulation this Thursday, September 14.

But with all the excitement the new bill is already on sale by eBay venders for £15, the Daily Mail reported. The release of the note “will be a repeat of the scramble to find currency with the coveted ‘AA’ serial number”.

“As I am a banknote collector I understand all too well the importance of condition so they will be handled with due care and attention at every step,” a post on eBay reads according to the Daily Mail.

When they are finally released, notes with low serial numbers could be worth thousands.

One seller is “offering to queue up at banks, having already flogged 73 notes at £14.99 each”.

“The notes will be sent on the day I get them. It goes without saying they will be securely packed using a double layer of card and then posted 1st class signed for, ” he goes on to say. Adding, “Like last year they don’t allow requests for serial numbers, you just get the next lot from their allocation.”

The note is the only one to feature a woman besides Queen Elizabeth, following the replacement of the old £5 bill which replaced prison reformer Elizabeth Fry to Sir Winston Churchill.

The new notes are stronger and can survive a wash in the machine and have more secure features making it harder to counterfeit.