2018 Series Banknotes

The 2018 Series Hong Kong Banknotes are issued by the three note-issuing banks in Hong Kong (Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited and The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited).

It is the first time that the thematic subjects on the reverse side of the three note-issuing banks' notes are standardised for each denomination to facilitate easy recognition by the public. For aesthetics presentation of the subject and easy distinction from previous series, the reverse side of the banknote is in vertical orientation instead of the traditional horizontal layout.

All existing banknotes remain legal tender and will continue to circulate along with the 2018 Series.

Thematic Design of New Series
Thematic Design of New Series
Security Features of New Series
Security Features of New Series
Making of New Series
Making of New Series
Security Features are Clear at a Glance
Security Features are Clear at a Glance
Design and Security Features
  • * Attention
  • HSBC
  • BOCHK
  • SCBHK
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
Done

Front

Front

Back

Back
  • 1

    Dynamic Shimmering Pattern

    When the note is tilted, the shimmering ring in the pattern moves correspondingly.

  • 2

    Windowed Metallic Thread

    When the note is tilted, the large and small rings on the metallic thread move correspondingly.

  • 3

    Embossed Feel

    Raised printing gives the note a strong embossed feel by touch.

  • 4

    Concealed Denomination

    When the note is tilted under the light, the denomination numeral hidden in the background can be seen.

  • 5

    Enhanced Watermark

    The theme of the bauhinia flower is used such that the flower, leaves, bud and denomination numeral can be seen when the note is held up to the light.

  • 6

    Fluorescent See-through Denomination

    The patterns on the front and back, which are of a single colour under normal light, will appear as two fluorescent colours when exposed to ultraviolet light. The patterns on the front and back fit perfectly to form the denomination numeral when the note is held up to the light.

Front

Front

Back

Back
  • 1

    Dynamic Shimmering Pattern

    When the note is tilted, the shimmering ring in the pattern moves correspondingly.

  • 2

    Windowed Metallic Thread

    When the note is tilted, the large and small rings on the metallic thread move correspondingly.

  • 3

    Embossed Feel

    Raised printing gives the note a strong embossed feel by touch.

  • 4

    Concealed Denomination

    When the note is tilted under the light, the denomination numeral hidden in the background can be seen.

  • 5

    Enhanced Watermark

    The theme of the bauhinia flower is used such that the flower, leaves, bud and denomination numeral can be seen when the note is held up to the light.

  • 6

    Fluorescent See-through Denomination

    The patterns on the front and back, which are of a single colour under normal light, will appear as two fluorescent colours when exposed to ultraviolet light. The patterns on the front and back fit perfectly to form the denomination numeral when the note is held up to the light.

Front

Front

Back

Back
  • 1

    Dynamic Shimmering Pattern

    When the note is tilted, the shimmering ring in the pattern moves correspondingly.

  • 2

    Windowed Metallic Thread

    When the note is tilted, the large and small rings on the metallic thread move correspondingly.

  • 3

    Embossed Feel

    Raised printing gives the note a strong embossed feel by touch.

  • 4

    Concealed Denomination

    When the note is tilted under the light, the denomination numeral hidden in the background can be seen.

  • 5

    Enhanced Watermark

    The theme of the bauhinia flower is used such that the flower, leaves, bud and denomination numeral can be seen when the note is held up to the light.

  • 6

    Fluorescent See-through Denomination

    The patterns on the front and back, which are of a single colour under normal light, will appear as two fluorescent colours when exposed to ultraviolet light. The patterns on the front and back fit perfectly to form the denomination numeral when the note is held up to the light.

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited
Done

Front

Front

Back

Back
  • 1

    Dynamic Shimmering Pattern

    When the note is tilted, the shimmering ring in the pattern moves correspondingly.

  • 2

    Windowed Metallic Thread

    When the note is tilted, the large and small rings on the metallic thread move correspondingly.

  • 3

    Embossed Feel

    Raised printing gives the note a strong embossed feel by touch.

  • 4

    Concealed Denomination

    When the note is tilted under the light, the denomination numeral hidden in the background can be seen.

  • 5

    Enhanced Watermark

    The theme of the bauhinia flower is used such that the flower, leaves, bud and denomination numeral can be seen when the note is held up to the light.

  • 6

    Fluorescent See-through Denomination

    The patterns on the front and back, which are of a single colour under normal light, will appear as two fluorescent colours when exposed to ultraviolet light. The patterns on the front and back fit perfectly to form the denomination numeral when the note is held up to the light.

Front

Front

Back

Back
  • 1

    Dynamic Shimmering Pattern

    When the note is tilted, the shimmering ring in the pattern moves correspondingly.

  • 2

    Windowed Metallic Thread

    When the note is tilted, the large and small rings on the metallic thread move correspondingly.

  • 3

    Embossed Feel

    Raised printing gives the note a strong embossed feel by touch.

  • 4

    Concealed Denomination

    When the note is tilted under the light, the denomination numeral hidden in the background can be seen.

  • 5

    Enhanced Watermark

    The theme of the bauhinia flower is used such that the flower, leaves, bud and denomination numeral can be seen when the note is held up to the light.

  • 6

    Fluorescent See-through Denomination

    The patterns on the front and back, which are of a single colour under normal light, will appear as two fluorescent colours when exposed to ultraviolet light. The patterns on the front and back fit perfectly to form the denomination numeral when the note is held up to the light.

Front

Front

Back

Back
  • 1

    Dynamic Shimmering Pattern

    When the note is tilted, the shimmering ring in the pattern moves correspondingly.

  • 2

    Windowed Metallic Thread

    When the note is tilted, the large and small rings on the metallic thread move correspondingly.

  • 3

    Embossed Feel

    Raised printing gives the note a strong embossed feel by touch.

  • 4

    Concealed Denomination

    When the note is tilted under the light, the denomination numeral hidden in the background can be seen.

  • 5

    Enhanced Watermark

    The theme of the bauhinia flower is used such that the flower, leaves, bud and denomination numeral can be seen when the note is held up to the light.

  • 6

    Fluorescent See-through Denomination

    The patterns on the front and back, which are of a single colour under normal light, will appear as two fluorescent colours when exposed to ultraviolet light. The patterns on the front and back fit perfectly to form the denomination numeral when the note is held up to the light.

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited
Done

Front

Front

Back

Back
  • 1

    Dynamic Shimmering Pattern

    When the note is tilted, the shimmering ring in the pattern moves correspondingly.

  • 2

    Windowed Metallic Thread

    When the note is tilted, the large and small rings on the metallic thread move correspondingly.

  • 3

    Embossed Feel

    Raised printing gives the note a strong embossed feel by touch.

  • 4

    Concealed Denomination

    When the note is tilted under the light, the denomination numeral hidden in the background can be seen.

  • 5

    Enhanced Watermark

    The theme of the bauhinia flower is used such that the flower, leaves, bud and denomination numeral can be seen when the note is held up to the light.

  • 6

    Fluorescent See-through Denomination

    The patterns on the front and back, which are of a single colour under normal light, will appear as two fluorescent colours when exposed to ultraviolet light. The patterns on the front and back fit perfectly to form the denomination numeral when the note is held up to the light.

Front

Front

Back

Back
  • 1

    Dynamic Shimmering Pattern

    When the note is tilted, the shimmering ring in the pattern moves correspondingly.

  • 2

    Windowed Metallic Thread

    When the note is tilted, the large and small rings on the metallic thread move correspondingly.

  • 3

    Embossed Feel

    Raised printing gives the note a strong embossed feel by touch.

  • 4

    Concealed Denomination

    When the note is tilted under the light, the denomination numeral hidden in the background can be seen.

  • 5

    Enhanced Watermark

    The theme of the bauhinia flower is used such that the flower, leaves, bud and denomination numeral can be seen when the note is held up to the light.

  • 6

    Fluorescent See-through Denomination

    The patterns on the front and back, which are of a single colour under normal light, will appear as two fluorescent colours when exposed to ultraviolet light. The patterns on the front and back fit perfectly to form the denomination numeral when the note is held up to the light.

Front

Front

Back

Back
  • 1

    Dynamic Shimmering Pattern

    When the note is tilted, the shimmering ring in the pattern moves correspondingly.

  • 2

    Windowed Metallic Thread

    When the note is tilted, the large and small rings on the metallic thread move correspondingly.

  • 3

    Embossed Feel

    Raised printing gives the note a strong embossed feel by touch.

  • 4

    Concealed Denomination

    When the note is tilted under the light, the denomination numeral hidden in the background can be seen.

  • 5

    Enhanced Watermark

    The theme of the bauhinia flower is used such that the flower, leaves, bud and denomination numeral can be seen when the note is held up to the light.

  • 6

    Fluorescent See-through Denomination

    The patterns on the front and back, which are of a single colour under normal light, will appear as two fluorescent colours when exposed to ultraviolet light. The patterns on the front and back fit perfectly to form the denomination numeral when the note is held up to the light.

Further Information
  • Accessibility of Hong Kong Banknotes

    Banknote Design

    The 2018 Series retains the accessibility features used in the previous series of banknotes to help the visually impaired differentiate between the denominations.
    Accessibility Features
    The 2018 Series retains the accessibility features used in the previous series of banknotes to help the visually impaired differentiate between the denominations.

    Accessibility Features

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    Mobile App

    QR Code
    This mobile app, developed by the Hong Kong Society for the Blind, uses the phone’s camera to scan the banknote pattern for reading the denomination. It is available for free download from Apple App Store and Google Play Store. This app can only read banknote images and is not equipped with functions for authenticating banknotes.

    Note-measuring Template

    A note-measuring template sponsored by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the three note-issuing banks has been introduced to help the visually impaired differentiate the denominations by measuring the length of the note. It can be used to measure the 2018 Series and notes currently in circulation. The template is embossed with Braille on one side and symbols on the other. It is available for free distribution through voluntary agencies serving the visually impaired community.
    Note Measuring Template
    A note-measuring template sponsored by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority and the three note-issuing banks has been introduced to help the visually impaired differentiate the denominations by measuring the length of the note. It can be used to measure the 2018 Series and notes currently in circulation. The template is embossed with Braille on one side and symbols on the other. It is available for free distribution through voluntary agencies serving the visually impaired community.
    Symbols: $10 $20 $50 $100 $500 $1000
      $10 Symbol $20 Symbol$20 Symbol $50 Symbol$50 Symbol$50 Symbol $100 Symbol $500 Symbol$500 Symbol$500 Symbol $1000 Symbol

    User Guide for the Note-measuring Template

    Figure A
    Insert the note into the template. Pull the note to the hinge through the round window.
    Figure B
    Bend the loose-end of the note firmly onto the template. The symbol directly underneath the end of the note identifies the denomination.
    Figure C
    Alternatively, bend the note to the other side of the template with Braille. Braille marking for the $1,000 note is not necessary since the end of the note will square neatly with the edge of the template.

Last revision date : 26 August 2019