Jane Austen Replaces Darwin on British Currency
She will be on the 10-pound note in 2017
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2013 4:04 PM CDT
This computer-generated image provided by the Bank of England Wednesday shows the concept design for the Jane Austen 10-pound note.   (AP Photo/Bank of England)

(Newser) – Jane Austen is going on Britain's 10-pound note in 2017, reports the BBC. And the guy she's replacing is no slouch—Charles Darwin. Along with her image will be a quote from Austen's Pride and Prejudice: "I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading!" The Guardian calls the decision "surprisingly apt" given how frequently the theme of money comes up in Austen's novels, even if it finds the choice of quote a little "safe."

So why the move? The push began earlier this year when the Bank of England announced that Winston Churchill would replace prison reformer Elizabeth Fry on the 5-pound note. Critics pointed out that would leave no women on the nation's currency, except for the queen. And as the LA Times notes, this week's birth of a certain royal baby means that Britain will be ruled by kings for decades after the 87-year-old queen dies. Austen's presence means at least one woman will remain on the money.

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Jul 25, 2013 6:56 AM CDT
Brits are acting really nutty lately. Did someone dump birth control into Gulfstream?
Jul 25, 2013 3:10 AM CDT
The people of Texas will surely be pleased.
Jul 25, 2013 2:10 AM CDT
The USA should follow the UK on this one. Oprah Winfrey could replace that ugly Ben Franklin on the hundred-dollar bill. How about Miley Cyrus on the five-spot? Sylvia Plath on the ten and Marilyn Monroe on the twenty. Maybe Helen Gurley Brown and Sandra Day O’Connor can find places on the fifty and the one. These changes would show our welcome to President Hillary Clinton, who would find space on our coins. America has produced many high-achieving women, much better than the mediocre novelist who replaced the controversial Darwin, who merely gave the world the most important scientific concept ever.