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

The new $5 banknotes are in production and will
be in your wallets from 1 September 2016 - https://t.co/HxprdzyihF pic.twitter.com/aFOma4s9nX

— @RBAInfo

The early replies to that tweet were not encouraging

@RBAInfo What have you done😬 They are horrendous! Actually the most disgusting design in world mintage history. Truly appalling

— @Tcorp_

@RBAInfo That new $5 note design is hideous & awful.

— @Crow26Darkness

@RBAInfo total #fail. Please fire your terrible designers. #fivedollarnote #Australia

— @camgould

@RBAInfo talk about ugly, how many meetings for this atrocity to be picked?

— @Bishop64

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

Our new fivers look like vomit. pic.twitter.com/PKOJk6t45s

— @jasemurphy

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

New Australian $5 note shows @RBAInfo designers enter their 'clown puke' period #stopthepresses pic.twitter.com/BkXTmKvGLi

— @wingrove

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

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 the prickly-leaved wattle, a shrub native to the continent, but people thought they looked more like toilet brushes or bacteria.

what's with the yellow dunny brushes?: Next Generation of Banknotes: $5 Banknote Design Reveal | RBA https://t.co/MiiywCDPGl

— @rennemiles

@joshgnosis Looks like golden staph germs from a petrie dish. How bad can banknote design be?

— @PlaneTalking

But not all the reviews were bad

New $5 notes are A++++ They're like a mid-80s primary school mural. AUSTRALIANA! pic.twitter.com/fVWXLXOUvN

— @amelia___m

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 Minister Malcolm Turnbull, a former leader of the Australian Republican Movement.

Seriously, we're putting Queen Elizabeth on Australia's new five dollar not. Have we got no self-respect?

— @Pulpcurry

The Queen looks like she is contemplating how to get off that abomination of a bank note.

— @RanTLaw

Someone helpfully offered an alternate design

@RBAInfo I fixed your note. You're welcome. pic.twitter.com/uIFQZs0EIu

— @trude_red

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