Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Queen to Disappear From English £10 Banknote?

Reader Matthew caught this on a guitar blog:

The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Robbie Williams Considered For New £10 Banknote

The Beatles, Mick Jagger and Robbie Williams are among the names being considered to appear on the new £10 banknote, NME reveals.

According to The Mirror, the Bank Of England has released a list of 150 great Britons who have been suggested by members of the public to be the face on one side of the new notes when they are printed.

They join a list that includes football star David Beckham, Princess Diana, literacy great William Shakespeare and wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, who could feature on the new series F notes.

Other suggestions include suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, TV stars John Cleese, Michael Parkinson and Terry Wogan; scientists Stephen Hawking, Sir Alexander Fleming and current favourite WW2 codebreaker Alan Turing, who died aged 41 in 1954 after being prosecuted for being gay.

Last month, Robbie Williams scored a chart double as his ninth album 'Take The Crown' and single 'Candy' occupied both Number One spots. The last time he had similar success was back in December 2001 when he had a Number One single with 'Something Stupid', his cover of Carson And Gaile's 1967 track featuring Nicole Kidman, and a Number One album with 'Swing When You'Re Winning'.

Last week, The Rolling Stones played the final show of their '50 And Counting' run of gigs at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, where they were joined onstage by Lady Gaga for a rendition of 'Gimme Shelter'.

Who would you prefer to appear on the new £10 banknote? Share your ideas in the comments.


The £10 vote: Public put forward 150 names for back of new tenner

23 Dec 2012 00:01
Becks, Princess Di and Robbie among names being considered by Bank of England

Money men: The faces being considered for the new £10 note

David Beckham, Princess Diana and Robbie Williams are all ­being considered to appear on the new £10 note.

The Bank Of England has released a list of more than 150 great Britons that have been suggested by members of the public for the honour when the new notes are printed.

Princess Diana, who died in a Paris car crash in 1997, has been nominated – as have the late Queen Mother and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Former England captain Beckham is listed alongside fellow sports stars ­including cricket’s Michael Vaughan and rugby’s Jonny Wilkinson.

The Beatles, Sir Mick Jagger and ­ex-Take That singer Robbie are favourites from showbiz to appear on the new Series F note when it replaces the current Series E featuring scientist Charles Darwin.

A source said: “It’s certainly an intriguing list of suggestions and reflects the wide variety of talented people the nation considers worthy of recognition.”

Political figures such as Sir Winston Churchill and suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst are listed alongside TV stars including John Cleese, Michael Parkinson and Terry Wogan. Literary giants William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer and George Orwell are included as are ­scientists including Stephen Hawking and Sir Alexander Fleming.

But overall favourite is Second World War Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing, the computer pioneer who died aged 41 in 1954 following a criminal prosecution for his homosexuality.

An online petition calling for his achievements to be recognized has been signed by more than 25,000 people.


  1. what I've noticed for some time is the wording on a "promise to pay" note & that's "sterling" having been removed from the ten pound note in england, it's still on all the notes here in scotland, must be a different central bank cartel?

  2. The Queen will still be on the notes, as always. It's the face on the back of the £10 notes that is being changed - currently Charles Darwin has the honour of appearing. Before him, it was Charles Dickens (1992-2003) and, even earlier, it was Florence Nightingale (1975-1992). It changes every time the notes are redesigned. Alan Turing - WW2 codebreaker, mathematician, computer scientist and "father of articficial intelligence" - will most likely be Dickens' replacement.

  3. Sorry to comment twice. I just wanted to add to my previous comment. I wouldn't approve of an entertainer (pop star, actor, etc) appearing on the notes, nor would I consider Princess Diana to be appropriate. The person who appears should have made a significant contribution to modern-day Britain and to humanity as a whole. Shakespeare and Turing are ideal candidates. I would be a little reluctant to put a politician on the notes, as I think that the figure should be someone that we can all be proud of regardless of our political affiliations. That being said, I'm sure that both Winston Churchill (Conservative) and Clement Attlee (Labour) would both be acceptable. Perhaps they could even appear on a note together. Churchill guided us through the war, and Attlee rebuilt the country after the war. Two of our greatest Prime Ministers. As for Professor Stephen Hawking - One day, he will be the ideal candidate. He's one of the greatest Britons alive today. I have no doubt in my mind that he will feature on a banknote one day. Hopefully not any time soon though, as convention dictates that a person must be deceased before they can be granted the honour.


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