He may have been the toast of English football fans as he bagged the World Cup golden boot – but footballer Harry Kane could land someone in Wales a £50,000 windfall.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker’s face is featured on a new limited edition £5 note estimated to be worth £50,000.
One of the notes has now entered circulation in Merthyr Tydfil – the home town of micro-engraver Graham Short’s father.
The incredibly rare notes are believed to be worth more than a deposit on a house – with a value estimated at upwards of £50,000, according to experts.
However only six of them – which commemorate the top scorer at this summer’s World Cup – have been planted around towns and cities.
They each feature a tiny 5mm portrait of the England captain along with the engraving ‘World Cup Golden Boot Winner 2018’.
But getting hold of one may prove difficult. According to designer Mr Short one has been given to Kane himself and another presented to the Football Association – which means just four could land in the hands of the public.
Micro-engraver Mr Short, who etched the portraits, spent one in the village of Meriden in the West Midlands, another in Edinburgh and one in Merthyr Tydfil. The final note will be spent in Northern Ireland this week.
“I was watching the World Cup, as many people were, and it looked like Harry Kane would get the Golden Boot and when he did I started thinking it would be great to mark that by putting his portrait on a £5 note and got to work,” he said.
“I spent the first Harry Kane note in Meriden, which is the centre of England, only a few miles from the M40 and M42, and so that note could travel in any direction.
“I spent one in Edinburgh near the coffee shop where JK Rowling first went as a young mum and started writing about Harry Potter. I just liked the magical feeling of that.”
The notes are insured for £50,000 each and Mr Short said anyone lucky enough to pick one up can expect that sum if they auction off the fiver.
“My art sells for a lot of money now and it’s really out of reach for most people but if they find this and sell it and make a lot of money I’ll be really pleased with that,” he added.
Mr Short is also the man behind the four Jane Austen £5 notes that launched into circulation back in 2016.
Tiny 5mm portraits of the iconic author were etched next to the images of Sir Winston Churchill and Big Ben with famous quotes to accompany them.
Three of these, spent in Scotland, Northern Ireland and in Wales, were found shortly afterwards – but a fourth, believed to have been spent in the East Midlands, remains unclaimed.