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Harry Kane £5 note worth '£50,000' spent in Merthyr Tydfil

The Harry Kane £5 note. Credit: Graham Short

A £5 note engraved with a portrait of England footballer Harry Kane that could be worth up to £50,000 has gone into circulation in Merthyr Tydfil.

Engraver Graham Short made six of the notes after Kane scored six goals during the 2018 World Cup.

Mr Short spent the £5 in his birthplace in the hopes it will change the life of the person who finds it.

He's behind a series of sought-after Jane Austen-engraved fivers released in 2017, and has since created six new notes featuring the England captain.

Harry Kane won the Golden Boot at the 2018 World Cup. Credit: PA

I've done six - one for each goal he scored - for Harry himself, the FA and four to be spent as we did with the Jane Austen notes around the UK and Ireland.

I went to Merthyr Tydfil, the former mining town where my father was born. It's not a wealthy area and I'm hoping that this note could help to change the life of someone in that area who finds it.

– Graham Short, Micro-engraver

The first note was spent in Meriden, a village between Coventry and Solihull that is roughly in the geographical centre of England.

Mr Short's tiny pieces of art have earned him a huge reputation among art fans.

A portrait of the Queen on the eye of a needle sold for more than £100,000, while his modification of four new fivers in December 2016 is thought to have increased their value by a factor of 10,000.

Commemorating 200 years since Austen's death, the project prompted a frenzied searching of wallets and purses after they were valued at £50,000 each.