In the aftermath of September’s launch of the new Jane Austen £10
note, on Oct. 6, the Bank of England, in conjunction with Spink,
offered 141 of them with low or special serial numbers at a charity auction.
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The bank said in a news release that the sale raised £269,338, or
$355,300 for three charities. The highest bid for a single note was
£7,200 ($9,500) on a Jane Austen £10 with serial number AA01 000010.
The highest single bid was £13,500 ($17,800) for an uncut sheet of 54 notes.
The charities were Candlelighters, a group supporting children with
cancer and their families in Yorkshire; Haven House Children’s
Hospice, which provides free palliative and holistic care for 900
families with children who have life-limiting and life-threatening
conditions in London and to its north and northeast; and Macmillan
Cancer Support, an organization that helps people living with cancer
from the moment of diagnosis through treatment and beyond.
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