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Mystery woman finds rare bill worth £50K, donates it to charity

February 22, 2017

In December of last year, U.K. artist Graham Short engraved tiny, gold portraits of Jane Austen into four £5 notes. The notes, which are worth an estimated £50,000, were put into circulation. Two were found in December, according to The Independent. And now, the third has been discovered — by an unnamed Irish woman, who wants to donate the funds to charity.

The mysterious recipient of the bill reportedly resides in County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. She found the note in mid-January, and sent it back to the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery in Scotland, which commissioned the bills. A photo posted on Short’s website shows the note that he received from the woman. “£5 enclosed, I don’t need it at my time of life,” it reads. “Please use it to help young people.”

Short told the BBC that the woman is an “old lady,” who did not want her picture to appear in the press.

The artist, in conjunction with the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery, is planning to donate proceeds from the note to Children in Need, a U.K. charity for disadvantaged youths.

Read more at the BBC and The Independent.



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