Lucky £5 Jane Austen notes
Writer, Mark Fricker from the Daily Mail newspaper, reports that artist Graham Short, randomly decided to engrave four new British five pound notes with a tiny image of Jane Austen. Each note has its own unique Austen quote featured from her well-known novels. The ultra-rare notes are currently in circulation in the UK and experts claim that they could fetch as much as £50,000 for the lucky recipients.
Four rare new £5 notes engraved with tiny portraits of Jane Austen have gone into circulation - and could each be worth £50,000. Brits are being urged to check heirpockets to see if they have hit the jackpot in the Willie Wonka-style ‘Golden Ticket’ giveaway. Artist Graham Short used his micro-engraving skills to add the 5mm portraits of the novelist onto the polymer cash. The notes have consecutive serial numbers and two were secretly put into circulation by the 70-year-old last week. He is set to spend the remaining two notes at mystery locations in England and Wales tomorrow. They include classic quotes from three of Austen’s novels - Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park.
Collectors have been splashing out thousands of pounds on new notes with unusual serial numbers.Experts believe the four ultra-rare Jane Austen notes could be worth more than £50,000 each. The outline of the engraving is visible to the naked eye but a microscope is be needed to see it properly.Austen’s face appears on the notes next to the images of former PM Sir Winston Churchill and Big Ben. Graham recently sold a portrait of the Queen engraved on a speck of gold inside the eye of a needle for £100,000. The artist, from Northfield, Birmingham, has also engraved the words of the Lord’s Prayer onto the head of a pin.He got the fivers - with the serial numbers AM32 885551, AM32 885552, AM32 885553 and AM32 885554 - from his local Post Office.
Graham then secretly spent one of the notes in a cafe in Scotland last week and another in a pub in Northern Ireland. The remaining two notes will be spent at cafes in the Midlands and South Wales at some point tomorrow. He said: “I’m always looking to do something different.“When I saw the new note I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be good if I could engrave something on it?’ “I didn’t know what at first, but then I found out that next year is going to be the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death. “Her image is also going to be on the new £10 note, which is coming out next year, so it ties in quite nicely with that. “The beauty of this is that in the right light you can’t see the engraving at all, but when you turn the note it appears. “I like to call it invisible engraving. I’ve no idea how much they will be worth if people try to sell them. “But previous pieces I have worked on have been insured for more than £50,000.“If somebody finds one I hope they will maybe put it on eBay. If they can get some extra money for Christmas I’ll be thrilled.”
Graham works at night when traffic vibrations are lower and uses a stethoscope to monitor his heart so he can engrave between beats. Friend and fellow artist Tony Huggins-Haig said: “It’s a bit like the Willy Wonka golden tickets. “People will soon find themselves in possession of these very different notes - but only if they look very closely.” The notes’ serial numbers and engraved quotes:
• AM32 885551 “If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” - Emma
• AM32 885552 “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” - Pride and Prejudice
• AM32 885553 “A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” - Mansfield Park
• AM32 885554 “I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good.” - Pride and Prejudice
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