Paper tenners: When you have to use the old £10 notes by

Paper tenners: When you have to use the old £10 notes by

You have until March to spend your old £10 notes before they stop being accepted as legal tender.

The Bank of England officially withdraws the paper note featuring Charles Darwin on March 1, 2018 after which it will cease to be legal tender.

The new plastic £10 note became legal tender on September 14 and it estimated that about 55% of tenners in circulation are the new polymer version.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney said about the notes: "The new £10 will be printed on polymer, making it safer, stronger and cleaner".

Around 55 per cent of the £10 notes now in circulation are the newer version pictured above, while the remaining 359 million are made of paper.

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The new £10 and £5 notes have encountered controversy because they contain tallow, an animal byproduct.

The innovative polymer is more secure and durable in comparison with an old note, depicting Mr Darwin, one of the greatest personality in England's history.

The Bank assessed whether palm oil or coconut oil should be used instead, but concluded that this might not be able to be sourced sustainably.

Despite the vegans' protests, the note with Jane Austen also has an inscription in raised dots that help blind and partially-sighted users to identify them.

The end of the old paper tenner follows the official withdrawal last month of the old round £1 coin, which has now been wholly replaced by the new 12-sided version.

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