Fivers with Jane Austin engraving could be worth £50000

Artist and engraver Graham Short has issued four £5 notes into circulation which has a tiny portrait of 18th-century Hampshire author Jane Austen engraved onto it as well as short quotes from the writer's work.

The last piece that Mr Short sold, a portrait of the queen on a pinhead, sold for £100,000.

The four notes have the serial numbers AM32 885551, AM32 885552, AM32 885553 and AM32 885554.

The little portraits are only 5mm wide, and can be found between the images of Sir Winston Churchill and Big Ben - along with quotes from Austen's classics Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park.

Thanks to micro-engraver (as in, he engraves pictures on miniature things) Graham Short, you could be in line to receive as much as £50,000 if you've got one of his very special new £5 notes.

He said: "I'm always looking to do something different".

He told Sky News: "She had a passion for reverence and ridicule and I think she would really like this idea".

But he and Toby Huggins-Haig's literary stunt may actually be committing a crime.

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.

The new fivers have been causing online bidding frenzies as they sell for well above the odds for various reasons.

However, in this case the Bank of England confirmed that "the notes are still legal tender".

He said: "All of Graham's work has an insurance valuation of about £50,000 at the moment".

He added that he hopes whoever finds one put it in eBay.

Artist Graham Short teamed up with Kelso art gallery owner Tony Huggins-Haig for the venture, which they hope will encourage more people to visit galleries.

"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more". "If they can get some extra money for Christmas I'll be thrilled".

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