That new plastic tenner in your pocket may well be a shortcut to a family holiday – with change to spare.
One eBay user from Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk closed the bidding on his or her £10 note featuring the visage of author Jane Austen for £3,600.
And the reason? It’s all to do with the serial number which begins AH plus the number 1775 – the year Austen was born.
Britons are becoming ever more savvy when it comes to checking their currency for the unusual.
With a number of new coins and notes introduced over the past few years, speculators are looking to hook up with collectors.
While AA01 codes on the new plastic fiver were the ones to look out, it appears AH has captured collectors’ imagination on the £10 note.
New AH £10 notes appear to be attracting bids up to three times their face value, while the first of the AA01 notes are changing hands for £250.
Experts suggest people should keep an eagle eye open for notes featuring JA01 (as in Austen’s initials); JA75, as that is her birth year; and JA17, the year of the author’s death.
Website Changechecker.org says: “Whilst these will likely become popular with collectors in the future, it could be many years before notes with these serial numbers enter circulation due to the huge amount of possible combinations that would come before ‘JA’.”