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New Australian $5 bill compared to 'clown puke'

The Reserve Bank of Australia has unveiled the new design for its $5 bill, and the early reviews on social media are not good, featuring such words as "vomit," "disgusting" and "atrocity."
The Royal Bank of Australia released images of the new $5 banknote that will be issued into circulation starting Sept. 1. (Reserve Back of Australia )

TheĀ Reserve Bank of Australia has unveiled the new design for its $5 bill, and the early reviews on social media are not good, featuring such words as "vomit," "disgusting" and "atrocity."Ā 

The bank proudly revealed the new note in a tweet and media release Tuesday morning.Ā 

The early replies to that tweet were not encouraging

Economics writer Jason Murphy was curt in his take on the new design

Murphy wasn't the only one to compare the bill to a pile of sick

The new design retains the bright purple colour motif of the current $5 bill but also adds magenta, orange, blue and yellow.Ā 

The current Australian banknote has been in circulation since 1992. (Royal Bank of Australia)

The yellow oval shapes on the bill are meant to depict theĀ prickly-leaved wattle, a shrub native to the continent,Ā but people thought they looked more like toilet brushes or bacteria.Ā 

But not all the reviews were badĀ 

Some people complained that the bill still depicted Queen Elizabeth, despite a recent surge in republican sentiment in Australia, including last year's election of Prime MinisterĀ Malcolm Turnbull, a former leader of theĀ Australian Republican Movement.Ā 

Someone helpfully offered an alternate design

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