Is your fiver worth £50k? One rare Jane Austen £5 left to find

Graham Short etched out 5mm pictures on four notes, each with a different quote

There's still one Jane Austen £5 note to be found

The third of four super rare £5 notes worth £50,000 each has been discovered in a small bar in Northern Ireland.

The discovery of the note - engraved with a tiny portrait of Jane Austen - leaves just one remaining.

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Birmingham micro-artist Graham Short etched out 5mm pictures on the notes then spent one each in four of the home nations - Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.

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

The first was found in a café in south Wales in December 2016 and the second discovered in Scotland inside a Christmas card the same month.

After the latest discovery in Northern Ireland, there is just one more to be found - in England.

Mr Short said he had spent the third note to be found "in a small bar called Charlie's Bar."

Speaking on the Mollie Green show on BBC Radio Coventry and Warwickshire yesterday, Mr Short said elderly woman who wished to remain anonymous had found the note.

He said: "I went into a small bar called Charlie's Bar and actually that is where I spent it - in there.

"It has just been found a couple of weeks ago.

"An elderly lady found it. She said 'I don't want my picture in the papers' but she said if it sells for a lot of money it would be better if young children could benefit from it."

One rare Jane Austen £5 note left
Graham Short engraved four £5 notes with a tiny portrait of Jane Austen

One rare Jane Austen £5 note left

Mr Short has included a different quote around each one ensuring each note is unique

The recipients in Wales and Scotland stated in December they intended to keep the notes rather than sell them.

The first literary note was found by an elderly art fan in a café in Blackwood, South Wales.

Someone had unknowingly spent it on a sausage and egg butty, and it was then unwittingly handed out as change.

Speaking when the notes went into circulation Graham said: "As soon as I saw the new £5 note I just thought to myself, 'Wouldn't it be good if I could engrave something on it?'

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The AM32 885554 note features the quote "I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good" from Pride and Prejudice

"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 and 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 artist works at night, when traffic vibrations are lower, and uses a stethoscope to monitor his heart and engraves between beats, reports the Coventry Telegraph.

Previously his biggest claim to fame was putting the words of the Lord's Prayer on to the head of a pin.

The quotes on the banknotes read:

  • AM32 885551: "If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more," from Emma
  • AM32 885552: "To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love," from Pride and Prejudice
  • AM32 885553: "A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of," from Mansfield Park
  • AM32 885554: "I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good," from Pride and Prejudice


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