2003 Series HK$1,000 Counterfeit Notes
In January 2015, the Hong Kong Police seized one new variation of the counterfeit HSBC HK$1,000 banknote (2003 series). This counterfeit banknote has two characteristics different from the previous seizure:
(1) The print dates in Arabic number and the Chinese character at the middle bottom of the counterfeit banknote were changed from “2008” to “2009”; and
(2) Under ultraviolet light, the counterfeit banknote shows a brighter and more prominent fluorescent barcode as compared to that of the previous seizure, which is similar to the genuine banknote.
The HKMA wishes to remind the public of the distinguishing features of the genuine and these counterfeit banknotes.
In 2010, the HKMA introduced a new series of banknotes with more advanced and easy-to-recognise security features, which would assist the public in identifying counterfeit banknotes more readily. These 2010 series banknotes are gradually replacing the 2003 series banknotes in circulation.
The HKMA is working closely with the Hong Kong Police to provide training to the banking and retail sectors on how to identify the counterfeit notes. We have also required banks to ensure all HK$1,000 notes dispensed over the counter by tellers or via automated teller machines (ATMs) are duly verified and genuine.
If members of the public find a suspected counterfeit banknote, they should hand it over to Police or banks.
Approval is hereby given, under section 103 of the Crimes Ordinance (Cap. 200 of the Laws of Hong Kong), for the public to download the banknote images in this section solely for educational purpose.