Jane Austen could be next face of £10 note

Iconic British author Jane Austen is the leading candidate to be the next face of the country's £10 note, according to a BBC report.

The Bank of England's outgoing governor, Sir Mervyn King, revealed that the Pride and Prejudice author "is quietly waiting in the wings" to replace Charles Darwin as the historical portrait on the bill.

jane-austen-275.jpgKing had recently announced that Winston Churchill would replace prison reform activist Elizabeth Fry on the £5 note starting in 2015, which sparked criticism over the lack of female faces on bank currency.

The bank first introduced images of historical figures in the 1970s, but apart from the Queen, only two women have appeared on U.K. bank notes -- Fry and Florence Nightingale. The other bills were all men, featuring the likes of William Shakespeare, philosopher Adam Smith, and Isaac Newton.

Austen would be the third non-Royal woman to be on a bill.

King made the announcement while speaking for his final time in front the Treasury Committee, as he steps aside for former Canadian central bank governor Mark Carney. The final decision on whether Austen will replace Darwin will rest with Carney.

This got us thinking: what celebrated Canadian authors would you want to see on a Canadian banknote? Let us know in the comments below.

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