Face-less Value! Do you have this £10 note error worth thousands of pounds?

The UK’s new polymer £10 note, featuring Jane Austen, entered circulation on 14th September 2017, replacing the previously-used paper notes.

After its release, collectors were eager to hunt down the notes with the lowest serial numbers but it’s recently been revealed that there is a particular error that we should be looking out for – one that’s worth thousands!

Faceless £10 Note

One lucky collector was very surprised to see Her Majesty’s portrait missing some very key features on the £10 note that he withdrew from a cash machine.

Face-less £1- Banknote. Source: The Sun UK

The gentleman was almost about to spend the note before a shop assistant pointed it out to him! Speaking of the unusual banknote, Mr. Coleman said he was considering auctioning it.

Whilst we’d love for this to be a genuine error, we’ll have to wait for official confirmation from the Bank of England!

Sought-after Banknotes

Collecting banknotes is a serious hobby that many thousands of people all over the world enjoy. Whenever a new banknote is issued, or an error story arises, collectors are eager to add them to their collection.

With so many stories in the press and listings on eBay claiming certain notes were worth way over face value, it’s easy to see how the nation got swept away with the idea of their new polymer banknote being worth thousands of pounds.

Whilst there’s a range of serial numbers that could fetch you a pretty penny on the secondary market, we’ve never seen an error quite like the Faceless £10 Note. If this is classified as genuine, it would certainly increase collector demand!

Do you have this error note sitting in your collection?

If you think you’ve got a banknote with Her Majesty’s portrait missing its features, we’d love to hear from you! You can get in touch via [email protected] or via any of our social channels:

Don’t miss out on the very latest UK coin releases!

Join the Change Checker UK CERTIFIED BU Subscription Service and receive new UK coins sent to your door without the hassle of placing orders on the day of release!

Simply choose the perfect subscription for you here >>


  1. Edward oxborough on March 29, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Since when did the mint charge £20 to check a coin for mistakes in coins I have a 20pence coin and the Jc under the neck has been dragged down . Under a magnifier you can see clear wher it dragged any ideas please thanks

    • Alexandra Siddons on March 31, 2021 at 8:41 am

      Hi Edward,

      Unfortunately Change Checker is unable to confirm errors or mistrikes as genuine. This is something The Royal Mint could do. Alternatively, you could contact the Numismatic Trade Association who may be able to assist you further: http://www.bnta.net/

      Many thanks,

  2. Steve on March 20, 2021 at 8:52 am

    I have a black 10p coin and have had it authenticated by the royal mint that as far as they can tell it has not been tampered with and is genuinely a lot darker than the normal 10p coins.
    Do you think it will be worth anything at an auction as it has the letter of authentication with it.
    Thanks Steve

  3. Rob Sissons on March 19, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I am almost certain that this £10 note has had the Queen’s face deliberately erased with a normal pencil eraser. It’s quite easy to do it and a tabloid newspaper has even got a demonstration on their website of how to do it.
    So it’s just a vandalised note.
    If it was an error, it’s highly unlikely that just the Queen’s face would be missing – there would probably be a vertical or horizontal band across the note with all the details missing: I imagine that could happen if the polymer sheet got folded as it went through the press.

  4. CHRIS STRAW on March 18, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    It will be very interesting to see where this goes.

  5. James Canning on March 18, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    Does Change Checker have any albums in which I can store my Banknote collection? You have them for coins, so why not notes? I have seen them advertised on the Internet but I am concerned about some of the Companies. I would welcome hearing from you.

    • Alexandra Siddons on March 19, 2021 at 2:38 pm

      Hi James,

      We used to sell banknote packs but at the moment we unfortunately have none available.