Football fever has swept the nation – and if England beat Croatia to reach the final on Sunday, Britons could have even more reason to cheer.
An 11-strong team of £5 notes engraved with England captain Harry Kane will enter circulation via a micro-engraver, should the team reach its first World Cup final since 1966.
Graham Short, an artist from Birmingham, has been using fine needles to carefully etch Kane’s portrait on the clear section of the polymer £5 notes to celebrate the surprise run England have been on so far.
Back of the net! If England reach the World Cup Final, 11 Harry Kane £5 notes will enter circulation
He says it takes around six days to etch each note. He previously did the same trick with a Jane Austen portrait on £10 notes – and they are now valued at £50,000.
There is still one of these left to find.
If England do the unthinkable, Mr Short said he would ‘zig-zag around Britain’ to spend the notes.
He told the BBC he would go to Norwich, the Midlands, Sheffield, Manchester and in North Yorkshire to spend the notes.
He added: ‘As I did with the Jane Austen, I’ll go into a cafe and buy a sandwich or maybe a newspaper.
‘I don’t know how much they’ll be worth, but I’ve got nine finished, I started a while ago before the World Cup started.
‘With these people who are so well known, you’ve got to get the image right. They’re looking alright, I’m quite pleased with them.
‘I don’t think it would be right if they lose to Croatia, I think if they play in the final I’ll release them,’ he told BBC Hereford and Worcester.
Gallery owner Mr Huggins-Haig, a fellow artist and friend of Mr Short, says his work has an insurance valuation of £20,000 so £50,000 for a banknote with his artwork on as a reasonable estimate.
Mr Short’s last work, a portrait of the Queen on a pinhead, sold for £100,000.
Anyone who finds one of the notes, if they are released, are advised to contact the Tony Huggins-Haig Gallery in Kelso, which launched the project as they will provide advice on how to put the artwork up for auction.
The Jane Austen note still to find has the series number AM32885554.
A woman found the first note and handed it to her granddaughter after Mr Short spent it on a sausage and egg sandwich in a south Wales cafe.
A Scottish student found the second in a Christmas card and the third was found by a lady after he spent it in a pub named Charlie’s Bar in Northern Ireland.