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New micro-engraved £5 note is now in circulation

13th Dec 16 10:50 am

Will you be able find the unique note?

A new micro-engraved £5 note is now in circulation, it could be worth more than £50,000.

The note is one of four which micro-engraver Graham Short has designed and it features a tiny portrait of Jane Austen.

Today it has been revealed that the unique note was spent in a small Café in Blackwood, South Wales, at the end of last week.

It is a possibility that staff at the Square Café could have given the note out as change to a customer.

Short, who is famously known for his engraving work designed the Jane Austen portrait heads to be only 5mm in size.

The design can be seen by the naked eye but to view it in full detail you need a microscope.

Art experts have estimated that the four £5 notes could be worth up to £50,000.

Short told the Mail Online: ‘I’m always looking to do something different and as soon as I saw the new £5 note I thought ‘wouldn’t it be good if I could engrave something on it?’

“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.”

“I’ve no idea how much they will be worth but £20,000 is a conservative estimate – previous pieces I’ve done have been insured for more than £50,000 and the last work, the portrait of HM The Queen on the eye of a needle fetched £100,000.”

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