Second ?5 note 'worth ?50,000' is found in Scotland Christmas card

Second ?5 note 'worth ?50,000' is found in Scotland Christmas card

A second ?5 note engraved with a tiny portrait of Jane Austen and said to be worth up to ?50,000 has been found in a Christmas card.

The second of the four special ?5 notes featuring art by specialist micro-engraver Graham Short turned up on Thursday in Scotland.

The first was found in change from a caf? in south Wales earlier this month.

There are still two remaining notes in circulation after notes were also spent in England and Northern Ireland.


Second ?5 note 'worth ?50,000' is found in Scotland Christmas card

Anyone finding one of the notes has been advised to contact the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery in Kelso in the Scottish borders area which launched the project.

Mr Huggins-Haig told BBC WM the recipient of the latest note wished to remain anonymous and they had checked the note "on the off chance".

"When somebody opened their Christmas card from a loved one, it was contained in that Christmas card," he said.

"The person who put it in didn't necessarily know what they were doing.

"That's two down and there's still two out there. Keep checking your change."

The four notes have the following serial numbers and quotes:

Mr Short, from Birmingham, came up with the idea of engraving a 5mm portrait of Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen on the transparent part of the new plastic Bank of England ?5 notes, to mark the 200th anniversary of Austen's death next year.

He has included a different quote around each one, ensuring that each note is unique.



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