CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA – Some Australians are calling for a major change, as they want their late national icon Steve Irwin printed on the $5 bill instead of King Charles, the new UK monarch and head of the Commonwealth after the death of the queen. Isabel II. The Queen died at the age of 96, sparking mourning across the country with Commonwealth nations also paying tribute and honoring the longest-serving British monarch.
The death of the Queen after 70 years on the throne will bring some significant changes to Australia, including the introduction of new notes and coins bearing the face of the new King. However, some Australian nationalists have taken to Twitter and other social media platforms and demanded that famous Australian personalities be printed on their coins when the printing press goes live.
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“Time to replace Queen Elizabeth’s face in cash with Steve Irwin or Heath Ledger I think,” one Australian user tweeted. Another said: “Can we get a petition to put Steve Irwin’s face on the money instead of the queen? That’s what we all want.”
“Steve Irwin deserves our highest form of currency. The $5 bill will explode in value if we put him on that bill,” added another.
It’s time to replace Queen Elizabeth’s face in cash with Steve Irwin or Heath Ledger I think
— ❤️🔥Rebel🦁Heart❤️🔥 (@leomars_x) September 9, 2022
can we get a petition to put steve irwin’s face on the money instead of the queen?
is what we all want
– bad (@hexthesun) September 9, 2022
Steve Irwin deserves our highest form of currency. The $5 bill will explode into a voucher if we put it on that bill.
— FancyRefined (@24viva) September 8, 2022
Others have come up with innovative alternative ideas that can be printed on Australian currency, ranging from native animals to fictional characters and even classic foods.
In a Reddit post titled ‘RIP Queen Betty’, a man asked other Australian nominees to replace the Queen on the $5 bill, prompting a flood of suggestions. “Okay… now the important thing,” he said. “Who are we going to put all our money on? Because I can’t see Charles there. Maybe Steve Irwin or Russell Coight? Give us some ideas,” he added.
One person proposed the idea of using the famous characters from the Australian sitcom ‘Kath & Kim’, while a social media user advocated ‘Neighbours’ alum Alf Stewart. Another said he should be listed with an ibis, a native bird known as the “bin chicken.” “I just want to see our nation’s proudest bird on our coins. The Bin Chicken,” one person wrote.
Steve Irwin, also known as the crocodile hunter, died in September 2006 after he was struck in the chest by a stingray. “Considering the cultural history of Straya getting the shit out of himself, I fully support putting chickens on coins,” another replied.
Another recommended comedian Hamish Blake, while another featured TV character Daryl Sommers. Other suggestions included a “pavlova”, “lamington”, “Bunnings snag” or the State of Origin “maroon jersey”.
However, the Australian central bank has announced that “there will be no immediate changes to Australian notes.” The Reserve Bank of Australia has also confirmed that King Charles is expected to appear on a new $5 note. “The reigning monarch has traditionally appeared on the lowest denomination of Australian banknotes,” the bank said.
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