To mark the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death next year, an artist and the Bank of England are making it rain thousands upon thousands for a lucky few.
Four very special £5 notes have been thrust into circulation in Scotland, Norther Ireland, England and Wales this week. Each note features a 5mm portrait of Austen done by renowned micro-engraver Graham Short who is known for putting the Queen on the head of pin, which he sold for £100,000 pounds.
The notes also have unique quotes on each and serial numbers so that any defacement is preventable. The numbers are: AM32 885551, AM32 885552, AM32 885553 and AM32 885554.
“I didn’t know what but then I found out it was going to be the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and her image is also going on the new £10 note, so it ties in nicely with that,” said Mr Short to the BBC. The beauty of this is that you can’t see the engraving at all, but when you turn the note and the light comes at a different angle it appears. I call it invisible engraving.”
Due to the worth of the artist’s work, anyone who is lucky enough to find one of these fabulous fivers can sell them at auction for up to £50 000. Whoever comes upon one must contact Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery in Kelso Scotland, which launched the project.
“It is very much the Willy Wonka golden ticket,” said Mr Huggins-Haig.