Four Special £5 Notes Potentially Worth £50,000 Are Entering Circulation

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

A man who does doodles people seem to quite like has gone full Willy Wonka, and is set to release four special £5 notes worth a fair bit more than a fiver.

Micro-engraver Graham Short has drawn microscopic portraits of Jane Austen alongside some of her most famous lines on the transparent bit of the notes, next to the image of Elizabeth Tower. According to reports, they could be worth up to £50,000.

One of them’s already entered circulation, having been spent up in Kelso on Monday, and three more are set to follow ahead of Christmas. Their serial numbers are AM32 885551, AM32 885552, AM32 885553 and AM32 885554. If one isn’t exchanged for a Jane Austen novel, I’ll be furious.

“When I saw the new £5 note, I thought, 'Wouldn't it be good if I could engrave something on it?’” Short told the Telegraph. “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.”

Unfortunately, he’s probably going to hung, drawn and quartered because of his efforts, as it’s illegal to print, write or impress words, letters or symbols onto notes issued by the Bank of England. [Telegraph via BBC]