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|Battle of the Banknote Beards
- Darwin replaces Dickens on tenner
THE BANK Of England has revealed a cunning new ploy to help undercut forgeries - featuring prominent figures with hairy beards on notes.
Biologist Charles Darwin is to replace author Charles Dickens on the UKP10 note on account of his highly developed white fur. Apparently Darwin's beard is bushier than Dickens and, according to the Bank Of England, this would make it more difficult to counterfeit.
The new notes will come into circulation this autumn and will replace the current UKP10 that has existed since 1992. The Dickens notes are to be gradually phased out until they are no longer legal tender. A spokeswoman from the bank said:"Particular details such as facial hair can be very finely enhanced. This makes it harder for forgeries to be made."
Rumours that failed London Mayor candidate Frank Dobson applied for the job handed to Darwin remain unconfirmed.