'Can't see that Charles on there': Internet wants Steve Irwin's picture printed on Australian currency instead of new King

'Steve Irwin deserves our highest form of currency. The $5 note will explode in value if we put him on that note,' a social media user tweeted

'Can't see that Charles on there': Internet wants Steve Irwin's picture printed on Australian currency instead of new King
In Australia, new cash and coins will be printed bearing the face of King Charles (Hugo Burnand-Pool, Justin Sullivan, and Reserve Bank of Australia/Getty Images)
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CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA: Some Australians are calling for a major change as they want their late national icon Steve Irwin to be imprinted on the $5 note instead of King Charles, the new monarch of the United Kingdom and head of the Commonwealth after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen died at the age of 96 which caused nationwide mourning and Commonwealth nations also paid homage and honored Britain's longest-serving monarch.

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The Queen's death after 70 years of being on the throne will bring about some significant changes in Australia, including the introduction of new notes and coins bearing the new King's face. However, some Australian nationalists took to Twitter and other social media platforms and demanded that famous Australian personalities should be printed on their currencies when the printing press kicks into gear. 

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"Time to replace Queen Elizabeth's face on cash with Steve Irwin or Heath Ledger, I reckon," one Australian user tweeted. Another said, "Can we get a petition to get Steve Irwin's face on money in place of the queen going? It's what we all want."

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"Steve Irwin deserves our highest form of currency. The $5 note will explode in value if we put him on that note," another added.


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Others have come up with innovative alternative ideas that can be printed on the Australian currency which ranges from native animals to fictional characters and even classic foods.

In a post on Reddit titled 'RIP Queen Betty', one man asked fellow Aussies for nominees to replace the Queen on the $5 note, generating a flood of suggestions. "Alright.... now for the important s***," he said. "Who we gonna put on all our money? Because I can't see that Charles on there. Maybe Steve Irwin, or Russell Coight? Throw us some ideas," he added.

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One person proposed the idea of using celebrated Australian sitcom characters 'Kath & Kim', while one social media user advocated for 'Neighbours' alum Alf Stewart. Another told it should be inscribed with an Ibis, a native bird known as the "bin chicken". "Just wanna see our nation's proudest bird on our coins. The Bin Chicken," one person wrote. 

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Steve Irwin, also known as the Crocodile Hunter, died in September 2006 after he was struck in the chest by a stingray barb. "Considering the cultural history of Straya taking the p*** out of itself I completely support putting bin chickens on coins," another replied.

Another one recommended comedian Hamish Blake, while one put forth TV personality Daryl Sommers. Other suggestions included a "pavlova", "lamington", "Bunnings snag" or the State of Origin "maroons jersey".

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The Australian central bank, although, has announced that there will be "no immediate change to Australian banknotes." The Reserve Bank of Australia has also confirmed King Charles is expected to feature on a new $5 note. "The reigning monarch has traditionally appeared on the lowest denomination of Australian banknote," the bank said. 

This article contains remarks made on the Internet by individual people and organizations. MEAWW cannot confirm them independently and does not support claims or opinions being made online.

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