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Scientist Mary Somerville will be the first woman other than a royal to appear on a Royal Bank of Scotland banknote – but only after a steward’s inquiry over an apparent attempt to rig the vote.
 
Over 4,100 people voted via Facebook for Somerville, whose academic writing played a pivotal role in the discovery of the planet Neptune, to appear on a new £10 note.
 
The next few years are big for UK banknotes with the Bank of England issuing a new £5 note in September this year, followed by a new £10 note in 2017 and a new £20 note planned for 2020.
 
Sir Winston Churchill will feature on the back of the £5 note while Jane Austen will feature on the back of the new £10 note next year.
 
The Bank of England is urging retailers that handle cash to prepare for these changes and the migration.
 
The Royal Mint has produced the final batch of round pound coins on Wednesday (16th December 2015) at it's facility in Rhondda Cynon Taff.
 
It is more than 30 years since the now familiar gold-coloured coins were first minted - Llantrisant in 1983.
 
The new-look replacement will enter into circulation in 2017 and the Royal Mint has billed the new 12-sided £1 coin as the "most secure in the world", designed to combat counterfeiting.
 

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