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£5 Jane Austen note worth £50,000 donated to Children in Need

£5 Jane Austen note worth £50,000 donated to Children in Need

The third of four £5 notes bearing a tiny engraving of an image of Jane Austen has been found and donated to charity.

The four notes, all on the new polymer £5 notes, were engraved by artist Graham Short. They are reported to be worth up to £50,000 each. They were spent by the artist in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The note spent in Northern Ireland was used in Charlie’s Bar in Enniskillen in December, and was found a few weeks later by a woman from County Donegal.


Third Jane Austen engraved £5 note discovered

“Please use it to help young people”. Image: Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery


Short told BBC Radio that the “elderly woman” had decided to donate it to charity anonymously. She posted the £5 note back to the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery in Scotland which launched the project, including a cover note which read:

“£5 note enclosed, I don’t need it at my time of life. Please use it to help young people.”

Barry Murphy, the manager of Charlie’s Bar, told Belfast Live:

“We’re happy and shocked the fiver was spent in Charlie’s Bar and even more delighted the lady who received it has donated the note to charity.”


One note left

The first £5 note was found in December in a cafe in South Wales. The second accompanied a Christmas card in Scotland. With the Northern Ireland note located, that leaves just one note, originally spent in England.

Its serial number is AM32 885554.


The four fivers



Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Research massive growth in giving.

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