Tuesday 12 December 2017

Irish woman gives banknote worth €58,000 to charity

The note sent by the woman with the engraved £5 note
The note sent by the woman with the engraved £5 note
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

An elderly woman from Enniskillen who found a special £5 note worth £50,000 (€58,000) has donated the money to charity.

A Willy Wonka-style golden ticket hunt is underway in the UK after micro-engraver Graham Short decorated four £5 notes with a minuscule portrait of novelist Jane Austen.

Mr Short only produces four pieces of art per year, making his work highly valuable. Each of the Austen notes has been valued at £50,000.

The Enniskillen lady, who wishes to remain anonymous, returned the note to artist Graham Short and the Tony Huggins Haig Gallery asking them to donate the funds to charity.

In a hand-written letter, she explained that she didn't "need [the money] at my time of life".

She asked them to "please use it to help young people."

It is the third 'golden' banknote to be found - meaning just one remains in circulation.

Artist Short (70) engraved each of the fivers with quotes from 'Emma', 'Pride and Prejudice', and 'Mansfield Park'.

Measuring just 5mm, the quotes need to be examined under a microscope in order to fully appreciate their beauty.

Mr Short is famous for his microscopic engravings.

He engraved 'The Lord's Prayer' on the head of a pin and one of his most recent works - a portrait of Queen Elizabeth engraved on a speck of gold inside the eye of a needle - sold for £100,000.

He also carved an image of the Last Supper on a razor blade, and etched Shakespeare's famous words 'All The World's A Stage, All The Men And Women Are Merely Players' on the end of a paper clip.

Irish Independent

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