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Hidden Art on £5 Notes Worth £20,000

  • Written by Lucy

could your £5 note be worth £20,000Since their release into circulation in October 2016, the new £5 notes seem to have caused nothing but drama.

From rare serial numbers to the presence of unwanted beef tallow angering hundreds of thousands of people.

Well, now there’s something else to look out for - a rare print of Jane Austen, which could make your bank note worth as much as £20,000.

An artist has engraved minute images of Austen on just four £5 notes – which, together, are said to be worth around £50,000.

Micro-engraver Graham Short etched the tiny portraits on only four notes which are now in circulation in a Willy Wonka style 'Golden Ticket' giveaway. The portraits are only 5mm wide and include quotes from Austen's classics, Emma, Pride & Preudice and Mansfiled Park. They can be found between the images of Sir Winston Churchill and Big Ben, however, the engraving is so small, only the outline is visible to the naked eye. To see the full etching, you would need a microscope.

70-year old Graham said: "I'm always looking to do something different, when I saw the new £5 note, I thought, wouldn't it be good if I could engrave something on it?"

The etchings coincide with the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death.

The Bank of England have stated they were unaware of the art project.


Photo credit: SWNS