Australia has revealed their new $5 bank note and the public is outright hating it.
The new re-design has some of the same old features: it’s purple, has Queen Elizabeth on it, and the size is the same. But that’s not what is causing people to talk.
The nations $5 note will now feature toilet brush-like flora, a nip-and-tucked Queen and what looks like a child’s mural as the design. And people are not happy.
If you need a laugh this morning, Australia unveiled its new $5 note last night pic.twitter.com/sdjXwjtJN5
— Tom Phillips (@flashboy) April 12, 2016
Is that seriously it? Not a joke? Honestly, truly, the real design? Of a real banknote? For Australia? In 2016? https://t.co/8Susdm2bKP
— Dom Knight (@domknight) April 12, 2016
The new $5 note looks horrific. Looks like children's play money
— AJ (@AJ_M08) April 12, 2016
Look, I've never been one to complain about soft lighting, but isn't it a tad ageist that Her Majesty looks HALF her age on the new $5 note?
— Lisa Wilkinson (@Lisa_Wilkinson) April 12, 2016
— Quartz (@qz) April 12, 2016
The Reserve Bank of Australia revealed the note on Tuesday, saying they will be issued into circulation on September 1 this year.
Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens said: “Each banknote will depict a different species of Australian wattle and a native bird within a number of the elements. On the $5 banknote, these are the Prickly Moses wattle and the Eastern Spinebill.”
So the toilet brush is actually a wattle.
Either way, social media has made it pretty clear that Australia probably should have come up with something a little different.