Australians have put forward several suggestions as to who should take Queen Elizabeth II’s place on the notes. You would be surprised that one of the most popular candidates was zoologist Steve Irwin.
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The British Monarchy is the head of the state of Australia and it features the currency of the nation, currently. They have made plans to move forward and make the change to King Charles III after the queen expired.
Australians Chose Steve Over The Monarchy
September 8 was a dark day when Queen Elizabeth II passed away, and the ANB (Australian National Bank) made an announcement that King Charles III would replace the previous monarch’s image the next day, on $5 notes.
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— Regina George Michael (@charlesrockhill) September 8, 2022
The same thing would apply to the coins as well, which will be struck bearing a similarity to King Charles. As per a custom, which dates back to the 17th Century, the image of the coins must be changed whenever a new king or queen is anointed and the image will always face to the left.
This change is not feasible to be carried out instantly, but, it is expected that the coins’ circulation would be by 2023.
According to the Guardian, all the Australian banknotes that were issued from 1913 would still retain their legality as per tender status.
Australia had also made plans to make an update to the $5 notes design in due course of time. The process of creating the design is a bit complicated so it might take some time, as in years.
Aussies demand that Steve Irwin’s face is put on Australian money instead of King Charles – ahead of major changes to the currency in the wake of the Queen’s death https://t.co/zldGTq9evL
— Daily Mail Australia (@DailyMailAU) September 9, 2022
When a note is printed, it can take several years, for it to be issued into public circulation, which also depends on the public demand and the requirement to change the notes that have been worn out in circulation.
Even though these intentions were shared, the Australians requested for a new face to be added to their currency and the most sought name was the late Steve Irwin.
Steve Irwin, who was known by the masses as “The Crocodile Hunter” passed away in 2006 after he was pierced in the chest by a stingray barb. Steve’s death had shaken the world as he was an iconic figure all over the world, for his efforts in conservation. Steve Irwin was loved by the people in Australia and all over the world, so some people believe that this would be a fitting choice for the banknotes.