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Jane Austen could be next face of Britain's £10 note

Writer Jane Austen could be the next face to appear on Britain's £10 notes, according to comments from the Bank of England governor, Sir Mervyn King.

Sir King confirmed that Austen is the back-up face for the note, which is currently adorned with Charles Darwin's face.

His comments come after speculation that if plans to replace Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill on the £5 go ahead, the Queen will be the only female face to appear on any bank note in Britain, telegraph.co.uk reports.

Churchill could make his debut as soon as 2015 or 2016, reports suggest - although Sir King revealed that it would be "extremely unlikely" that there will ever be a time in which no females feature on Britain's bank notes.

Speaking to the Treasury Select Committee, Sir King confirmed: "Any time we produce a note there are always two notes we have running in parallel - the figure we are actually using and a reserve figure, so if there are technical problems with the first note, we can run with the second.

"That second figure often becomes a figure on the following note. The figure that we've been working with for two years, we've said already that it's a woman - I can tell you today it's Jane Austen," he stated, cited by sky.com.

However Sir King did add that there are no immediate plans to remove Elizabeth Fry from the £5 note and suggested that if the change does go ahead, notes with Fry on will continue to circulate in the population for some time to come.

He concluded by saying: "Jane Austen is quietly waiting in the wings."

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