London: The Bank of England`s chief has hinted that Jane Austen could become the new face of Britain`s 10-pound note.
The bank`s outgoing governor, Mervyn King, told lawmakers on Tuesday that the "Pride and Prejudice" novelist is the leading candidate to replace Charles Darwin on the banknote.
King`s comments came after the bank earlier announced it will replace social reformer Elizabeth Fry with Winston Churchill on the 5-pound note, a move that prompted outcries that no woman except Queen Elizabeth II would be represented on Bank of England bills.
The bank has not yet made a decision on when the 10-pound note will be changed.
Aside from Fry and the queen, only one other woman - Florence Nightingale - has appeared on the bills since historical figures were introduced in 1970.