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A Melbourne Artist Has Redesigned Our Money Into A Glorious Celebration Of Aussie Culcha

The people demand 'Straya Cash and they demand it now.

Australia’s currency has been bamboozling overseas tourists and primary school maths students for generations. Like our anthem and our flag, our currency is a relic of a largely bygone era, celebrating people and accomplishments most Australians are barely aware of.

To rectify this sorry state of affairs, Melbourne-based art director Aaron Tyler has knocked up a series of new banknotes putting some more contemporary Aussie icons front and centre. Everyone from Dame Edna to Corey Worthington has a place on Australia’s glorious new currency. This is what the Republic shall look like.

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It’s hard to argue with Tyler’s assessment of what Australians want from their money; cash transactions would make a staggering comeback if Karl Stefanovic was on the $20 note.┬áBut it’s the oft-forgotten $100 bill — the humble hunjee — that gets the best makeover of all, on both sides. Behold:

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The attention to detail is what really does it — the little logos next to the number denomination, the quotes from classic Aussie rock songs running along the bottom in cursive, the see-through security windows.

He’s even stitched together a video showing where every pictorial reference comes from, which will come in handy when you next have to explain Australian currency to confused backpackers.

They aren’t perfect — I’d personally like to see Rattus the Rat from Feral TV score a place on there somewhere, and shamefully there’s no new banknote worth 900 dollarydoos. But it’s a bloody good start.

Next up: the flag. Thankfully, we already have a design ready to go.

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All images via Aaron Tyler.