Mystery Woman Donates Rare Bill Worth $62K to Help Youth

Mystery Woman Donates Rare Bill Worth $62K to Help Youth

£5 Note-Tony Huggins Haig Gallery

An unidentified woman from Northern Ireland accidentally found a five pound note that was actually worth a fortune. But the lucky anonymous woman didn’t keep it – she gave it to charity instead.

There are only four of these £5 bills in the world, and each one was distributed into circulation in a different UK country. The reason the currency is so unique is because they were engraved with a tiny portrait of Jane Austen etched by micro-artist Graham Scott. The bills in Wales and Scotland have already been discovered, leaving only the one hidden in England.

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When the woman from County Donegal found it in County Fermanagh, she contacted the gallery that it originated from – The Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery in Kelso, Scotland – to announce that she had found the $62,000 prize. Once the bill was verified to contain the special portrait, the woman took a few weeks to “mull over” what she would do with it.

The gallery then received a letter with the special bill enclosed along with a note from the woman reading: “£5 note enclosed, I don’t need it at my time of life. Please use it to help young people.”

The currency will be auctioned off to help the Children In Need charity.

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(Photo by The Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery)