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Title: Hong Kong: New Series of Banknotes Unveiled
Post by: Bimat on July 24, 2018, 04:46:51 PM
New banknotes designs unveiled

July 24, 2018

The Monetary Authority and Hong Kong’s three note-issuing banks will release a new series of banknotes.

It is the first time for the banks to standardise thematic designs for each note denomination.

The images are vertically displayed on the reverse side of the bills instead of the traditional horizontal layout, with the themes on the five denominations representing different aspects of Hong Kong.

They illustrate the city’s popular dim sum and tea culture, native butterflies, Cantonese opera, the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark and the city’s standing as an international financial centre.

Notes of $1,000 and $500 will be put into circulation in the last quarter of 2018 and early 2019. The lower denominations of $100, $50 and $20 will be ready for issue in batches between 2019 and 2020.

The new bills have incorporated advanced security features including a dynamic shimmering pattern, a windowed metallic thread, a bauhinia flower enhanced watermark, a fluorescent see-through denomination, a concealed denomination and an embossed feel.

To aid the visually-impaired, the authority has sponsored the Hong Kong Society for the Blind to develop an app that uses a camera phone to identify the denomination of Hong Kong banknotes and read it out loud for the user.

An educational app will be launched in a roving exhibition at IFC Mall tomorrow to enhance the public's understanding of the new banknotes’ designs and security features.

All existing banknotes continue to be legal tender. They will circulate along with the new banknotes and be gradually withdrawn as appropriate in due course.

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Title: Hong Kong: New Series of Banknotes Unveiled
Post by: Bimat on July 24, 2018, 04:48:08 PM
Pictures of the new banknotes can be seen here (

Title: Hong Kong: New Series of Banknotes Unveiled
Post by: Bimat on July 24, 2018, 04:48:51 PM
Press Release by Hong Kong Monetary Authority with more details is here (

Title: Hong Kong: New Series of Banknotes Unveiled
Post by: Bimat on July 25, 2018, 04:11:11 PM
People are mocking Hong Kong’s new $100 bill for resembling “hell money”

Echo Huang

Hong Kong just gave residents a peek into its new banknotes yesterday (July 24), but one of the bill designs is already being mocked for its resemblance to “hell money,” which Chinese people burn for their deceased loved ones.

HSBC, Standard Chartered, and Bank of China spent three years working with the monetary authority to each design five new notes. In addition to preventing counterfeiting, the new bills are centered around a few themes to promote Hong Kong’s culture and sights, such as dim sum ($20 notes), the city’s Unesco Global Geopark ($500), and Cantonese opera ($100). It’s the last one that has drawn mockery.

Some people say they feel a little unnerved by Bank of China’s version of the $100 note, which features a female Cantonese opera performer, because of its likeness to paper money (link in Chinese) meant for use in the afterlife.

“The design is very scary. One should spend it right after receiving it. I don’t dare to bring it home,” wrote one on Facebook.

“The design looks like a cooperation with the ghost bank,” said someone else on the social-media site.

The new bills will be put into circulation in the fourth quarter this year. The last time Hong Kong issued new designs of banknotes was in 2010.

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Title: Hong Kong: New Series of Banknotes Unveiled
Post by: Bimat on December 11, 2018, 03:12:49 PM
New HK$1,000 banknotes set to debut in Hong Kong on Wednesday

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 December, 2018, 3:46pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 December, 2018, 6:36pm

Tens of millions of the new HK$1,000 banknotes with designs showcasing the city as a financial centre are set to debut in Hong Kong on Wednesday.

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) announced the details on Tuesday, revealing that 90 million of the new bills would be available to the public.

The new HK$500 bills – 230 million of them – will be available on January 23, the authority said, about two weeks ahead of the Lunar New Year. Many families like to put brand new banknotes into red packets for the occasion.

Three other denominations – HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20 – will enter circulation between mid-2019 and early 2020, but the issuance dates have not yet been fixed.

HKMA executive director Colin Pou Hak-wan said it prioritised notes with greater face value because they come with a greater risk of being copied.

“Our consideration was certainly based on the face values of the bills,” Pou said. “If there was one fake note, then the loss to citizens would be bigger.”

Pou added it was an international practice to print new money with bigger denominations first.

He said the new HK$100 bills could be ready around next year’s summer holidays.

Lydia Chan Yip Siu-ming, the authority’s head of currency and settlement, said the old banknotes would be removed from circulation naturally.

She expected the old 2010 version banknotes would be replaced gradually after at least three years.

Members of the public will be able to obtain the new bills at branches of HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong), and Bank of China (Hong Kong).

In July, the authority unveiled the design of the new banknotes featuring advanced security features to prevent counterfeiting. The elements include an enhanced watermark and concealed denomination – a numeral visible only when the bill is tilted at an angle.

The bills feature new design themes: yum cha (HK$20); butterflies (HK$50); Cantonese opera (HK$100); the city’s Unesco Global Geopark (HK$500); and Hong Kong as an international financial centre (HK$1,000).

The Cantonese words “yum cha” can be literally translated as “drinking tea”, but the phrase refers to having dim sum – bite-sized dishes ranging from steamed buns to dumplings and rolls – and tea in Chinese restaurants.

With a transparent protective layer on the new notes, Pou believes their lifespan, which is usually about three to five years, could be extended by one or two years.

Each of the three banks has its own designs based on the stipulated themes.

Peter Wong Tung-shun, deputy chairman and chief executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, said the new HSBC HK$1,000 notes would be available for exchange from Wednesday.

“This note also has a powerful new representation of ‘Stitt’, one of the lions that has guarded our headquarters building since 1935, becoming a symbol of trust and prosperity,” Wong said.

Bank of China said its notes feature a bauhinia flower, the floral emblem of Hong Kong, and its bank tower, while Standard Chartered said its design paid tribute to the Hong Kong spirit, showing the landmark symbol Lion Rock.

The notes will also have a heavier, more embossed texture than those presently in circulation.

Last year, police seized 1,888 fake banknotes, down from 2,620 in 2016. But in the first ten months of this year they confiscated 2,547 notes, up from 1,647, or an increase of almost 55 per cent, in the same period last year.

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