HKD – Hong Kong Dollar

Monetary System

1863: 1 Hong Kong dollar (HKD) = 100 cents
Hong Kong was on the silver standard from 1862 to 09.11.1935

Hong Kong

Following the first Opium War, China formally ceded Hong Kong Island to the United Kingdom in the 1842 Treaty of Nanking. Hong Kong functioned as a free trade port on the South China Sea near Macao. In Hong Kong, banknotes are issued not by a central bank, but rather by commercial banks granted issuance rights by the government, which also issues smaller denomination notes and coins. Many commercial banks issued notes over Hong Kong’s history, but through bankruptcies, mergers, and rebranding, today only three remain: Bank of China, Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, and Standard Chartered Bank.

Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
香港特別行政區政府

2007 – 2014 Issues

These notes are like the preceding issues, but printed on polymer substrate instead of paper.

Description: 10.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 132 x 65 mm

Purple, pink, red, blue, and yellow. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flower; rearing horse as registration device; geometric designs. Back: Chinese and English text; geometric designs; ribbon, rearing horse; Bauhinia flower. No security thread. Watermark : 10. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 132 x 65 mm. Polymer.

2002 – 2005 Issues

Commercial banks stopped issuing 10-dollar notes after the denomination was replaced by a coin in 1995. However, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region issued its first 10-dollar note in 2002.

Description: 10.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 132 x 65 mm

Purple, pink, red, blue, and yellow. Front: Chinese and English text; rearing horse as registration device; geometric designs. Back: Chinese and English text; geometric designs; ribbon, rearing horse. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 10. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 132 x 65 mm. Paper

Standard Chartered Bank
香港渣打銀行

The history of Standard Chartered in Hong Kong dates as far back as 1859, and is one of the Hong Kong’s three note-issuing banks today (the other two being the Bank of China and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation). Having incorporated its local business on 1 July 2004, it now operates as a licensed bank under the name of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Standard Chartered PLC. For more information, visit www.sc.com/hk.

Standard Chartered Bank
行銀打渣(港香)

From 2009 onward, the Chinese bank name changed slightly while the English bank name remained unchanged.

2018 Issues

Description: 20.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 143 x 71.5 mm

Blue. Front: Chinese and English text; Standard Chartered Bank headquarters building; SCB logo; denomination as registration device; 20 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; standing man pouring tea for family seated at table. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 20 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 143 x 71.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 148 x 74 mm

Green. Front: Chinese and English text; Standard Chartered Bank headquarters building; SCB logo; denomination as registration device; 50 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; butterfly resting on flower. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 50 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 148 x 74 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 153 x 76.5 mm

Red. Front: Chinese and English text; Standard Chartered Bank headquarters building; SCB logo; denomination as registration device; stringed musical instrument (yue qin) with 100 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; man and woman in traditional costumes. Galaxy windowed security thread with Saturn effect and demetalized 100 and yue qin. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 100. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 153 x 76.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 158 x 79 mm

Brown. Front: Chinese and English text; Standard Chartered Bank headquarters building; SCB logo; denomination as registration device; hexagonal rock columns and 500 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; hexagonal rock columns at High Island Reservoir East Dam. Galaxy windowed security thread with Saturn effect and demetalized 500 and rock columns. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 500. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 158 x 79 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 163 x 81.5 mm

Orange. Front: Chinese and English text; Standard Chartered Bank headquarters building; SCB logo; denomination as registration device; Bauhinia flower and 1000 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; ferry and Central business district buildings. Galaxy windowed security thread with Saturn effect and demetalized 1000 and Bauhinia flower. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 163 x 81.5 mm. Paper.

2010 – 2016 Issues

These notes use the same mythological creatures from the fronts of the preceding issues, but the backs feature new unique vignettes paying tribute to Chinese heritage and technology through inventions. Also, they are protected against forgery by denominations in SPARK at upper right front, magenta-to-gold windowed security thread with demetalized HK, watermark of Bauhinia blakeana flower and electrotype denomination on pixelated background, and fluorescent registration devices and serial numbers. For accessibility by the sight-impaired, the note have embossed Braille at lower left, tactile diagonal lines at left and right edges, and high-tactility numbers at upper left.

Description: 20.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 144 x 72 mm

Blue, green, purple, red, and orange. Front: Chinese and English text; mythological carp fish jumping out of water; bank logo pattern in underprint; 20 in SPARK. Back: Chinese and English text; abacus and binary code. Magenta-to-gold windowed security thread with demetalized HK20. Watermark: Bauhinia blakeana flower and electrotype 20 on pixelated background. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 144 x 72 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 148 x 74 mm

Green, brown, orange, and blue. Front: Chinese and English text; mythological tortoise; bank logo pattern in underprint; 50 in SPARK. Back: Chinese combination lock and vault. Magenta-to-gold windowed security thread with demetalized HK50. Watermark: Bauhinia blakeana flower and electrotype 50 on pixelated background. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 148 x 74 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 154 x 77 mm

Red, orange, purple, black, and blue. Front: Chinese and English text; mythological horse; bank logo pattern in underprint; 100 in SPARK. Back: Chinese and English text; Sung script seal and printed circuit. Magenta-to-gold windowed security thread with demetalized HK100. Watermark: Bauhinia blakeana flower and electrotype 100 on pixelated background. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 154 x 77 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 158 x 79 mm

Brown, blue, yellow, red, and purple. Front: Chinese and English text; mythological phoenix; bank logo pattern in underprint; 500 in SPARK. Back: Chinese and English text; traditional face chart and biometrics. Magenta-to-gold windowed security thread with demetalized HK500. Watermark: Bauhinia blakeana flower and electrotype 500 on pixelated background. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 158 x 79 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 164 x 82 mm

Orange, brown, green, yellow, and blue. Front: Chinese and English text; mythological dragon; bank logo pattern in underprint; 1000 in SPARK. Back: Chinese and English text; Tang dynasty coin and smart chip. Magenta-to-gold windowed security thread with demetalized HK1000. Watermark: Bauhinia blakeana flower and electrotype 1000 on pixelated background. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 164 x 82 mm. Paper.

2009 Numismatic Product

On 9 September 2009, Standard Chartered Bank began issuing one million 150-dollar banknotes to commemorate its 150-year anniversary. The commemorative banknote is legal tender, but was sold at a premium over face value. A single HK$150 note cost HK$280, a pane of four notes cost HK$1,888, and a full sheet of 35 notes cost HK$18,888.

Description: 150.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 158 x 79 mm

Blue, green, and yellow. Front: Chinese and English text; new Standard Chartered Bank headquarters building in Central district of Hong Kong; satellite image of Victoria Harbour. Back: Victoria Harbour viewed from the Peak by policeman, mother and child, bird fancier, worker, woman with parasol, businessman with mobile phone, and schoolboy pointing at hawk. Holographic windowed security thread and solid security thread. Watermark: Bank logo and electrotype 150. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 158 x 79 mm. Paper.

2003 Issues

Commercial banks stopped issuing 10-dollar notes after the denomination was replaced by a coin in 1995. These notes use the same mythological creatures from the fronts of the preceding issues, but the backs now feature unique vignettes of Victoria Harbour through the years. Also, they are protected against forgery by fluorescent machine readable bar codes and denominations printed in UV ink, iridescent bauhinia flowers, denomination numerals at upper right front in gold-to-green OVI, 4-mm wide holographic windowed security threads, and novel vertical serial numbers at left front.

Description: 20.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 144 x 72 mm

lue, green, purple, red, and orange. Front: Chinese and English text; mythological carp fish jumping out of water; bank logo pattern in underprint. Back: Chinese and English text; ships in Victoria Harbour circa 1850. Holographic windowed security thread with demetalized HK20 and solid security thread. Watermark: Carp and electrotype 20. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 144 x 72 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 148 x 74 mm

Green, brown, orange, and blue. Front: Chinese and English text; mythological tortoise; bank logo pattern in underprint. Back: Chinese and English text; ships in Victoria Harbour circa 1890. Holographic windowed security thread with demetalized HK50 and solid security thread. Watermark: Tortoise and electrotype 50. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 148 x 74 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 154 x 77 mm

Red, orange, purple, black, and blue. Front: Chinese and English text; mythological horse; bank logo pattern in underprint. Back: Chinese and English text; ships in Victoria Harbour circa 1930. Holographic windowed security thread with demetalized HK100 and solid security thread. Watermark: Horse and electrotype 100. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 154 x 77 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 158 x 79 mm

Brown, blue, yellow, red, and purple. Front: Chinese and English text; mythological phoenix; bank logo pattern in underprint. Back: Chinese and English text; ships in Victoria Harbour circa 1970. Holographic windowed security thread with demetalized HK500 and solid security thread. Watermark: Phoenix and electrotype 500. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 158 x 79 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 164 x 82 mm

Orange, brown, green, yellow, and blue. Front: Chinese and English text; mythological dragon; bank logo pattern in underprint. Back: Chinese and English text; ships in Victoria Harbour circa 2003. Holographic windowed security thread with demetalized HK1000 and solid security thread. Watermark: Dragon and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 164 x 82 mm. Paper.

Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
銀行理滙海上港香

The Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Company (HSBC) was founded on 3 March 1865, and is one of the Hong Kong’s three note-issuing banks today (the other two being the Bank of China and the Standard Chartered Bank).
Most early HSBC notes bear a handwritten signature of the chief accountant and a printed signature of the chief manager. Up until 1941, the signatures on the 500-dollar notes are both handwritten, but not by the same officials that signed other denominations of the same dates, presumably as a precaution for the highest denomination note. From 1913 to 1935, the 1-dollar notes have both signatures printed. In 1940, the 5-dollar notes have both signatures printed. In 1941, all denominations have both signatures printed. In 1982 and 1983, the left signatory was the manager. From 1985 onward, only one signature appears, either of the general manager or executive director.

Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
香港上海滙理銀行有限公司

2018 Issues

Description: 20.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 143 x 71.5 mm

Blue. Front: Chinese and English text; HSBC headquarters building; HSBC logo; lion statue; denomination as registration device; leaf with 20 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; young child pouring tea for elder generations at tea gathering (yum cha); HSBC logo. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 20. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 143 x 71.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 148 x 74 mm

Green. Front: Chinese and English text; HSBC headquarters building; HSBC logo; lion statue; denomination as registration device; butterfly with 50 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; swallowtail butterfly resting on China Rose Hibiscus flower; HSBC logo. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 50. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 148 x 74 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 153 x 76.5 mm

Red. Front: Chinese and English text; HSBC headquarters building; HSBC logo; lion statue; denomination as registration device; stringed musical instrument (yue qin) with 100 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; man and woman in traditional costumes in garden from Cantonese Opera; HSBC logo. Galaxy windowed security thread with Saturn effect and demetalized 100 and yue qin. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 100. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 153 x 76.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 158 x 79 mm

Brown. Front: Chinese and English text; HSBC headquarters building; HSBC logo; lion statue; denomination as registration device; hexagonal rock columns and 500 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; two hikers admiring hexagonal rock columns at High Island Reservoir East Dam with white-bellied sea eagles flying overhead; HSBC logo. Galaxy windowed security thread with Saturn effect and demetalized 500 and rock columns. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 500. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 158 x 79 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 163 x 81.5 mm

Orange. Front: Chinese and English text; HSBC headquarters building; HSBC logo; lion statue; denomination as registration device; Bauhinia flower and 1000 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; panoramic fisheye lens view of central business district; HSBC logo. Galaxy windowed security thread with Saturn effect and demetalized 1000 and Bauhinia flower. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 163 x 81.5 mm. Paper.

2010 – 2016 Issues

These notes have enhanced security features, such as intaglio printing, fluorescent designs with machine-readable bar codes, horizontal (black) and vertical (red) novel serial numbers, HSBC logo in iridescent ink, microprinting, latent images of the denominations, lion and denomination in gold-to-green rolling SPARK at upper right front, and fluorescent registration devices. In addition, Braille and tactile lines are embossed on the new banknotes for facilitating the visually impaired to differentiate between the denominations.

Description: 20.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 143 x 71.5 mm

Blue. Front: Chinese and English text; HSBC headquarters building; lion statue; HSBC logo as registration device; lion’s head and 20 in SPARK. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; goldfish; children with lanterns celebrating Mid-Autumn Festival. Green-to-magenta windowed security thread with demetalized HK20 and large HK made up of small letters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 20 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 143 x 71.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 148 x 74 mm

Green. Front: Chinese and English text; HSBC headquarters building; lion statue; HSBC logo as registration device; lion’s head and 50 in SPARK. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; young woman and man reading card hanging from ornate lantern celebrating Spring Lantern Festival. Green-to-magenta windowed security thread with demetalized HK50 and large HK made up of small letters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 50 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 148 x 74 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 153 x 76.5 mm

Red. Front: Chinese and English text; HSBC headquarters building; lion statue; HSBC logo as registration device; lion’s head and 100 in SPARK. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; marching band passing soldiers and civilians with flags celebrating HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region) Establishment Day; Forever Blooming Bauhinia monument. Green-to-magenta windowed security thread with demetalized HK100 and large HK made up of small letters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 100 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 153 x 76.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 158 x 79 mm

Brown. Front: Chinese and English text; HSBC headquarters building; lion statue; HSBC logo as registration device; lion’s head and 500 in SPARK. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; dragon costume, lanterns, and drummer celebrating Lunar New Year. Green-to-magenta windowed security thread with demetalized HK500 and large HK made up of small letters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 500 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 158 x 79 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 163 x 81.5 mm

Orange. Front: Chinese and English text; HSBC headquarters building; lion statue; HSBC logo as registration device; lion’s head and 1000 in SPARK. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; Dragon Boat Festival racing. Green-to-magenta windowed security thread with demetalized HK1000 and large HK made up of small letters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 1000 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 163 x 81.5 mm. Paper.

2015 Numismatic Products

This 150-dollar banknote commemorates HSBC’s 150th anniversary in Hong Kong. This numismatic product was available as a single note in an album (HKD380), a 3-in-1 uncut set in folder (HKD1,380), and a 35-in-1 uncut set (HKD23,880). Sets could be ordered by anyone aged 18 or above with a valid Hong Kong identity card, and a valid Hong Kong address and phone number. The deadline for applying to buy notes was 21 March 2015, and they were available for pick-up beginning 9 June 2015.

Description: 150.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 160 x 80 mm

Violet, pink, orange, and light blue. Front: Street scene with cars, trams, buses, and HSBC headquarters buildings; two women assembling electric fans; 150 in OVI patch; HSBC logo as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; old and modern Hong Kong aerial views; street plan; young girl and boy seated on lion statue. Windowed security thread with demetalized HK150. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 160 x 80 mm. Paper.

2003 – 2009 Issues

The notes are protected by intaglio printing, fluorescent designs with machine-readable bar codes, vertical novel serial numbers, bauhinia flowers in iridescent ink, microprinting, latent images of the denominations, the denominations in OVI, and fluorescent security fibers.

Description: 20.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 144 x 72 mm

Blue. Front: Chinese and English text; head of lion statue; HSBC logo; 20 in gold-to-green OVI. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; flower; aerial view of Hong Kong Harbour; Peak Tram; flower. 4-mm wide holographic windowed security thread with demetalized bauhinia flower and HK20. Solid security thread. Watermark: HSBC headquarters and electrotype 20. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 144 x 72 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 148 x 74 mm

Green. Front: Chinese and English text; head of lion statue; HSBC logo; 50 in gold-to-green OVI. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; aerial view of unknown; Po Lin temple architectural details. 4-mm wide holographic windowed security thread with demetalized bauhinia flower and HK50. Solid security thread. Watermark: HSBC headquarters and electrotype 50. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 148 x 74 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 154 x 77 mm

Red. Front: Chinese and English text; head of lion statue; HSBC logo; 100 in gold-to-green OVI. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; aerial view of Tsing-Ma Bridge; tug boat. 4-mm wide holographic windowed security thread with demetalized bauhinia flower and HK100. Solid security thread. Watermark: HSBC headquarters and electrotype 100. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 154 x 77 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 158 x 79 mm

Brown. Front: Chinese and English text; head of lion statue; HSBC logo; 500 in gold-to-green OVI. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; aerial view of Hong Kong Airport with control tower and Airbus A340 jumbo jets. 4-mm wide holographic windowed security thread with demetalized bauhinia flower and HK500. Solid security thread. Watermark: HSBC headquarters and electrotype 500. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 158 x 79 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 164 x 82 mm

Orange. Front: Chinese and English text; head of lion statue; HSBC logo; 1000 in gold-to-green OVI. Back: Chinese and English text; HSBC logo; Forever Blooming Bauhinia monument; Hong Kong Harbour; Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. 4-mm wide holographic windowed security thread with demetalized bauhinia flower and HK1000. Solid security thread. Watermark: HSBC headquarters and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 164 x 82 mm. Paper.

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
中國銀行(香港)有限公司

2018 Issues

Description: 20.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 143 x 71.5 mm

Blue. Front: Chinese and English text; Bank of China building in Beijing; BOC logo; Bauhinia flower; denomination as registration device; 20 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; traditional tea set. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 20 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 143 x 71.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 148 x 74 mm

Green. Front: Chinese and English text; Bank of China building in Beijing; BOC logo; Bauhinia flower; denomination as registration device; 50 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; butterfly resting on flower. Windowed security thread. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 50 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 148 x 74 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 153 x 76.5 mm

Red. Front: Chinese and English text; Bank of China building in Beijing; BOC logo; Bauhinia flower; denomination as registration device; stringed musical instrument (yue qin) with 100 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; woman in traditional costume with paper fan. Galaxy windowed security thread with Saturn effect and demetalized 100 and yue qin. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 100.Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 153 x 76.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 158 x 79 mm

Brown. Front: Chinese and English text; Bank of China building in Beijing; BOC logo; Bauhinia flower; denomination as registration device; hexagonal rock columns and 500 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; hexagonal rock columns at High Island Reservoir East Dam. Galaxy windowed security thread with Saturn effect and demetalized 500 and rock columns. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 500. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 158 x 79 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 163 x 81.5 mm

Orange. Front: Chinese and English text; Bank of China building in Beijing; BOC logo; Bauhinia flower; denomination as registration device; Bauhinia flower and 1000 in green SPARK Orbital. Back (vertical): Chinese and English text; stylized human heads. Galaxy windowed security thread with Saturn effect and demetalized 1000 and Bauhinia flower. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 163 x 81.5 mm. Paper.

2017 Numismatic Products

From 28 September to 18 October 2017, Bank of China took orders for a new 100-dollar note to commemorate the bank’s 100th anniversary of its presence in Hong Kong. Although legal tender, the notes aren’t intended for circulation. 2,900,000 notes were offered as numismatic products packaged in a folder for HK$288. An additional 300,000 sets of three uncut notes in a folder for HK$988. Finally, 40,000 uncut sheets of 30 notes each offered for HK$13,888 each. Profits from the sale of the notes were donated to charitable organizations in Hong Kong.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 153 x 76.5 mm

Red. Front: Chinese and English text; Great Wall of China; Bank of China building in Beijing; old Bank of China Hong Kong branch; ornate column; antique gold coin with Chinese Zhuan calligraphy in gold SPARK. Back: Chinese and English text; 1917 newspaper advertisement; logos of 12 member banks; first HKD banknote issued by BOC in 1994; Victoria Harbour viewed from the Peak; modern container terminal. Windowed security thread with BOC logo. Watermark: Great Wall of China and electrotype 100. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 153 x 76.5 mm. Paper.

2010 – 2015 Issues

According to the bank, these notes “feature beautiful natural scenery, showcasing the unique and fascinating side of Hong Kong. They reflect increasing global awareness of environmental sustainability and the pursuit of harmony between humanity and the natural world.” The fronts show the Bank of China Tower and bauhinia flowers while the backs highlight the spectacular landscape of Hong Kong.
The notes are protected by intaglio printing, fluorescent designs with machine-readable bar codes, horizontal (black) and vertical (red) novel serial numbers, tower silhouette in iridescent ink, microprinting, latent images of the denominations, the denomination in SPARK, and fluorescent registration devices. In addition, Braille and tactile lines are embossed on the new banknotes for facilitating the visually impaired to differentiate between the denominations.

Description: 20.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 143 x 71.5 mm

Blue, pink, and green. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flowers; Bank of China Tower; bank logo; 20 and bauhinia flower in SPARK; denomination as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; buildings along shore of Repulse Bay. Green-to-magenta windowed security thread with demetalized HK20 and large HK made up of small letters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 20 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 143 x 71.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 148 x 74 mm

Green. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flowers; Bank of China Tower; bank logo; 50 and bauhinia flower in SPARK; denomination as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; waves along rocky shore of Tung Ping Chau. Green-to-magenta windowed security thread with demetalized HK50 and large HK made up of small letters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 50 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 148 x 74 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 153 x 76.5 mm

Red, orange, green, and blue. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flowers; Bank of China Tower; bank logo; 100 and bauhinia flower in SPARK; denomination as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; Kowloon city buildings, harbor, and Lion Rock. Green-to-magenta windowed security thread with demetalized HK100 and large HK made up of small letters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 100 onpixelized design.Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 153 x 76.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 158 x 79 mm

Brown, blue, and green. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flowers; Bank of China Tower; bank logo; 500 and bauhinia flower in SPARK; denomination as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; High Island Reservoir and dam. Green-to-magenta windowed security thread with demetalized HK500 and large HK made up of small letters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 500 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 158 x 79 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 163 x 81.5 mm

Orange, yellow, and green. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flowers; Bank of China Tower; bank logo; 1000 and bauhinia flower in SPARK; denomination as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; city buildings and Victoria Harbour. Green-to-magenta windowed security thread with demetalized HK1000 and large HK made up of small letters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 1000 onpixelized design. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 163 x 81.5 mm. Paper.

2012 Numismatic Products

From 13-20 February 2012, Bank of China took orders for a new 100-dollar note to commemorate the bank’s 100th anniversary. Although legal tender, the notes aren’t intended for circulation. 1,100,000 notes were offered as numismatic products packaged in a folder for HK$150. An additional 100,000 sets of three uncut notes in a folder for HK$600. Finally, 20,000 uncut sheets of 30 notes each offered for HK$6,000 each. Profits from the sale of the notes were donated to charitable organizations in Hong Kong.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 153 x 76.5 mm

Red. Front: Chinese and English text; Great Wall of China; Bank of China building in Beijing. Back: Chinese and English text; Bank of China tower in modern Hong Kong’s financial district. Windowed Motion security thread with BOC logo. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 100. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 153 x 76.5 mm.

2008 Numismatic Products

The following 20-dollar note was sold as a single note in a booklet for HK$138, in a sheet of four for HK$338, a full sheet of 35 for HK$1,388, paired with an old-style note for HK$268, and a sheet of four paired with old notes for HK$868. The money raised from the sale (after deducting face value and costs) was donated to charity, with a portion set aside for local sports development. Although the notes are legal tender in Hong Kong, they were not intended to be used in the local economy. Four million notes were produced.

Description: 20.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 143 x 71.5 mm

Purple. Front: Chinese and English text; bank of China building; Beijing Olympics emblem; ancient column detail. Back: Chinese and English text; Beijing Olympic Stadium (Bird’s Nest); Chinese lucky clouds; bauhinia flower. Windowed security thread with demetalized Beijing 2008. Watermark: Unknown. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 143 x 71.5 mm. Paper.

2003 – 2009 Issues

Following a merger and restructuring on 1 October 2001, these new notes was issued under the name of the Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited with the signatory title of Chief Executive. The preceding issues remain legal tender and are the obligation of the restructured bank.
According to the bank, “the new designs highlight various local scenic spots and can be described as a kaleidoscope of themes reflecting Hong Kong’s stability and prosperity.” The fronts show the Bank of China Tower and bauhinia flowers, in addition to the name of the bank and its logo. The backs feature major new construction landmarks in Hong Kong.
The notes are protected by intaglio printing, fluorescent designs with machine-readable bar codes, vertical novel serial numbers, bauhinia flowers in iridescent ink, microprinting, latent images of the denominations, the denominations in OVI, and fluorescent security fibers.

Description: 20.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 143 x 71.5 mm

Blue. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flowers; Bank of China Tower; bank logo; Peak Tower as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; skyline and bicyclists; Peak Tower and tram building at Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island. Solid security thread. 4-mm wide windowed holographic security thread with demetalized HK20 and Chinese characters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 20. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 143 x 71.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 50.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 148 x 74 mm

Green. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flowers; Bank of China Tower; chrysanthemum flowers; bank logo; Cultural Centre as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; skyline and Chinese dragon dancers; Cultural Centre, Clock Tower, Promenade, and ferry boat at Star Ferry Piers on Kowloon Peninsula. Solid security thread. 4-mm wide windowed holographic security thread with demetalized HK50 and Chinese characters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 50. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 148 x 74 mm. Paper.

Description: 100.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 153 x 76.5 mm

Red. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flowers; Bank of China Tower; lotus flowers; bank logo; Tsing Ma Bridge as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; skyline and sailboarders; Tsing Ma Bridge between Lantau Island and Kowloon Peninsula. Solid security thread. 4-mm wide windowed holographic security thread with demetalized HK100 and Chinese characters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 100. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 153 x 76.5 mm. Paper.

Description: 500.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 158 x 79 mm

Brown. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flowers; Bank of China Tower; peony flowers; bank logo; airplane outline as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; skyline and jockeys racing horses; Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) with jets at terminal. Solid security thread. 4-mm wide windowed holographic security thread with demetalized HK500 and Chinese characters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 500. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 158 x 79 mm. Paper.

Description: 1,000.00 HKD – Hong Kong Dollar Size: 163 x 81.5 mm

Gold. Front: Chinese and English text; Bauhinia flowers; Bank of China Tower; bauhinia flowers; bank logo; Convention and Exhibition Centre as registration device. Back: Chinese and English text; skyline and dragon boat racers; Convention and Exhibition Centre, with boat in Victoria Harbour. Solid security thread. 4-mm wide windowed holographic security thread with demetalized HK1000 and Chinese characters. Watermark: Bauhinia flower and electrotype 1000. Printer: (Hong Kong Note Printing Limited). 163 x 81.5 mm. Paper.