Graham Short with one the fivers (Photo: Ferguson Media)
A fiver worth a potential £50,000 has been found by an elderly art fan after it was spent in a Welsh cafe last week.
The banknote was one of four micro-engraver Graham Short, 70, etched with tiny 5mm portraits of Jane Austen.
It was found by an elderly art fan who wishes to remain anonymous – but she is gifting it to her granddaughter as an investment rather than reaping the reward.
It was given to staff at the Square Cafe in Blackwood, South Wales, who unwittingly gave it away in change.
The fiver worth £50,000
Owner Josh Ince, 33, was left desperately checking all his fivers when it emerged the priceless banknote had been sitting in the small town eatery’s till.
The special note was spent on a sausage and egg butty by the artist in Square Cafe, Blackwood, South Wales.
Josh said: "We didn’t even know about it until Monday, one of our staff heard it on the news.
"I told everyone to check all the fivers but it wasn’t there.
“No one noticed at the time, but when we saw a picture of him online, some of the staff recognised him.
"He came and had a sausage and egg sandwich."
The fiver includes a tiny portrait of novelist Jane Austen measuring just 5mm.
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Short is well-known for his minuscule creations that can be worth tens of thousands of pounds.
Josh said: “A lot of people are talking about it and saying that if they found it they would have spent it on more Christmas presents.
“I am hoping that someone will come back and spend it in the cafe. If I had found it, I would spend it on a holiday.
“Even though we haven’t still got the fiver, it is making the Square Café famous. Everyone is checking all the notes to see if they are the one.”
Short, 70, said he hoped someone found the note in time for Christmas.
He said: “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 Her Majesty the Queen on the eye of a needle fetched £100,000.
“So, we came up with the idea of putting a note into each of the countries and I had a nice trip to Blackwood last week to spend one in the Square Café.
"Now, I’m just hoping someone finds it in time to get some extra money for Christmas.”
The four special notes’ serial numbers and engraved quotes
- AM32 885551 “If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more.” – Emma
- AM32 885552 “To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love.” – Pride and Prejudice
- AM32 885553 “A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” – Mansfield Park
- AM32 885554 “I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good.” – Pride and Prejudice
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