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How to spot a ‘rare’ £10 note and the serial numbers that could be worth hundreds

THE plastic £10 note launched just a few years ago could be worth THOUSANDS of pounds – here’s how to tell if your tenner is one of the rare few. 

One of the 10 notes was bought for £3,600 after the seller noticed it had the serial number AH17 75 – the year of Jane Austen’s birth. 

 The £10 note featuring Jane Austen entered circulation on Thursday 14 September, 2017

The £10 note featuring Jane Austen entered circulation on Thursday 14 September, 2017Credit: Reuters

What are the rare and valuable £10 notes?

Collectors are only after specific notes- so it’s important you keep a look out for the more valuable tenners. 

If you find a £10 note with an AA serial number, you might be in for a chance to make some big money. £5 notes with these numbers could also be valuable. 

Interestingly, as the £10 note is slightly larger, there are 54 notes per printing sheet compared to 60 with the £5 note. This means there are millions of AA combinations that could potentially crop up.

How can you tell if your tenner could make you THOUSANDS?

Back in 2017, when the Bank of England launched its £10 note featuring Jane Austen, ChangerChecker.com revealed its predictions for the notes that everyone would be keeping an eye out for. 

Serial numbers for each note are key- you can find these numbers on the top left of the face with the Queen’s image. 

This is just under the £10 value in the corner of the note. 

 The old tenner was withdrawn from circulation in Spring 2018

The old tenner was withdrawn from circulation in Spring 2018Credit: EPA

ChangerChecker.com said that the serial numbers you need to look out for are: 

  • The serial numbers 16 121775 and 18 071817 as they represent the author’s date of birth and death.
  • The serial number 17 751817 as it’s her birth and death combined
  • The 28 011813 as it’s the date when her most celebrated novel, Pride and Prejudice, was first published.

Other serial numbers might be popular with collectors. 

James Bond 007 notes and AK47 notes are sought after, as well as notes with consecutive numbers, eg, AA12345. 

Some collectors will part with serious cash for the right note. 

 Some notes appear to have sold for thousands of pounds on eBay

Some notes appear to have sold for thousands of pounds on eBayCredit: eBay

Which notes will never enter circulation?

Every time the Bank of England issues a new note, it donates an important of low serial number to those who were involved in its development. 

When the £5 note was launched, the Churchill War Rooms received a note with the serial number AA01 001945, the year that World War Two ended.

And the Queen was given a note with the serial number AA01 000001- the very first of its kind. 

Rare coins and valuable notes – is yours worth a mint?

 

How can you make money from your rare note?

You could make thousands of pounds if you find a rare note. The £5 note with the lowest serial number available to the public – AA01000017 – sold for £4,150 at auction in October last year.

Since then some plastic fivers have sold for thousands of pounds on eBay.

A rare collectors set of £5 £10 £20 Polymer Banknotes is currently on sale on Ebay for £54,321.00– but there’s no saying anybody would part with that kind of cash. 

The Ebay listing had 16 watchers at the time of writing. 

Although sellers beware – often bidders fail to cough up the money, because eBay has no power to make buyers pay.