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When $5 is really $50,000 — and you give it to charity

A Northern Irish woman who discovered a rare £5 note worth £50,000 ($62,317) has given the note to charity.

The note is one of just four ultra-rare notes worth £50,000 in circulation in the UK. The note — which is engraved with a special Jane Austen inscription — is the third one to be snapped up, leaving just one left.

The woman who discovered the note contacted the gallery founded by Graham Short — the artist who engraved the notes — stating her wish to donate the note to charity.

“£5 note enclosed, I don’t need it at my time of life. Please use it to help young people,” reads the letter sent to the gallery by the donor, who prefers to remain anonymous.

“The lady who found the note has surprised us all by sending it to the gallery and asking that it be used to help young people,” reads a blog post on Short’s website.

According to the post, the proceeds from the note will be donated to children’s charity Children in Need, which the BBC’s official charity. Learn more about it here.

Article originally posted on Mashable Social Good.

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