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Mystery Irish woman gives £50k fiver to charity


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

An Irish woman who found a rare five-pound note engraved with a portrait of Jane Austen has donated it to charity.


The note, worth an estimated £50,000, was found in Northern Ireland by a woman known only as "J". She sent the fiver back to the Scottish gallery it came from. "£5 note enclosed, I don’t need it at my time of life. Please use it to help young people," she wrote.


The anonymous benefactor is known to be from County Donegal in the Republic of Ireland. The Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery, in Kelso, Scotland, said the five-pound note would likely be auctioned off in aid of Children in Need.


The gallery created the notes in conjunction with Birmingham micro-artist Graham Short. Just four notes were specially engraved and spent in each of the home countries.


The first was found in a café in south Wales in December, with the second discovery coming in Scotland inside a Christmas card the same month. England is now the only area yet to discover its Austen note. However, it is Ireland’s anonymous donor who is causing the biggest stir after she discovered the rare fiver - and handed it back.


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