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Americans are left shocked by ‘plastic’ Australian $5 banknotes in viral TikTok video as they question why Queen Elizabeth still features after her death

Americans were shocked by what the Australian five dollar note looked like in a viral video which made the rounds on Tuesday.

TikTok star Jesse Sunset – real name Jesse Willesee – showed his friends in the USA what the pink bill looks like and faced mixed reactions. 

Some thought it looked ‘cool’ while another commented that it looked ‘fake’, but most questioned why Queen Elizabeth II was printed on it. 

The first woman he showed spread it out beneath a light and said it looked ‘insane’.

‘It literally does look fake as f**k. It’s literally plastic. You guys make your s**t out of plastic,’ she said. 

Another gentleman looked at it out in the sunlight and seemed to enjoy the colour and unique Aussie design, pointing out the Prickly Moses wattle.

He also attempted to crumple and tear the note, and was left impressed by its hardiness.  

‘That would be very hard to counterfeit, huh? I dig it. I don’t know if you want Queen Elizabeth on there anymore. It seems a little bit dated,’ he said.

The last man also seemed confused by the ‘plastic’ note and as to why the Queen was on the note, saying: ‘Surely you should have the King on it now. She [Queen Elizabeth II] died.’ 

TikTok star Jesse Sunset (pictured) showed his friends in the US what the pink bill looks like and faced mixed reactions

TikTok star Jesse Sunset (pictured) showed his friends in the US what the pink bill looks like and faced mixed reactions

Another gentleman looked attempted to crumple and tear the note, and was left impressed by its hardiness. 'That would be very hard to counterfeit, huh? I dig it. I don't know if you want Queen Elizabeth on there anymore. It seems a little bit dated,' he said

Another gentleman looked attempted to crumple and tear the note, and was left impressed by its hardiness. ‘That would be very hard to counterfeit, huh? I dig it. I don’t know if you want Queen Elizabeth on there anymore. It seems a little bit dated,’ he said

The last man also seemed confused by the 'plastic' note and as to why the Queen was on the note, saying: 'Surely you should have the King on it now. She [Queen Elizabeth II] died'

The last man also seemed confused by the ‘plastic’ note and as to why the Queen was on the note, saying: ‘Surely you should have the King on it now. She [Queen Elizabeth II] died’

Jesse's friends were confused by the note and even wondered if it was counterfeit

Jesse’s friends were confused by the note and even wondered if it was counterfeit 

Australians flocked to the comments of the TikTok video to defend the national currency.

One person wrote: ‘Funny how the two dudes comment how the Queen shouldn’t be on it because she’s dead. Bro, George Washington has been dead for 224 years.’

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Someone else said: ‘It’s not plastic it’s polymer and the security features in that are world class.’

‘Better than paper money that gets destroyed in the washing machine,’ a third added. 

It comes after the Reserve Bank announced they would not be replacing Queen Elizabeth II with King Charles on the $5 note. 

Australians flocked to the comments of the TikTok video to defend the national currency

Australians flocked to the comments of the TikTok video to defend the national currency

Instead, they will update the banknote to feature a new design that honours the culture and history of Indigenous Australians.

Charles III is King of Australia but in a blow to the Royal Family a design honouring indigenous culture will replace the late Elizabeth II’s image on the note, not her son, who will still appear on cent coins when they are released later in 2023. 

The Queen only appeared on the $5 note with the rest of them featuring famous Australian men and women. 

The Reserve Bank of Australia has not set a date for the new currency, but confirmed Charles would not be on it after ‘consultation with the Australian government, which supports this change’. 

An Australian $5 note is pictured. The money is made of a type of plastic, called polymer. It comes after the Reserve Bank announced they would not be replacing Queen Elizabeth II with King Charles on the $5 note

An Australian $5 note is pictured. The money is made of a type of plastic, called polymer. It comes after the Reserve Bank announced they would not be replacing Queen Elizabeth II with King Charles on the $5 note

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