2010 New Series Hong Kong Banknotes

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24 Nov 2010

2010 New Series Hong Kong Banknotes

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the three note-issuing banks (Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited, The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited, and Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited) today (Wednesday) announced that the new series of HK$1,000 banknotes would be put into circulation from 7 December 2010.

The new HK$1,000 banknotes will be available for exchange at the three note-issuing banks starting from 7 December 2010. New notes for the other four denominations of HK$500, HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20 will go into circulation in 2011 and 2012. Together with the new series, all other banknotes currently in circulation will continue to be legal tender.

The new banknotes have incorporated state-of-the-art security features, the locations of which will be the same across all five denominations. The five key features are:

  • Dynamic Colour-changing Pattern - colour shifting between green and gold with a shimmering horizontal bar seen to be rolling up and down when the note is tilted
  • Colour-changing Windowed Metallic Thread - colour shifting between magenta and green and the "H" and "K" on the thread are made up of microtext
  • Standardised Enhanced Watermark - comprising a multi-tonal watermark of a bauhinia flower and highlight watermark of the denomination numeral and dot pattern, a standardised design for the three note-issuing banks
  • Fluorescent See-through Pattern - perfect registration of the patterns on the front and back, with two fluorescent colours visible under ultraviolet light
  • Fluorescent Serial Number - the vertical serial number is fluorescent red under ultraviolet light

Leaflets illustrating the security features of the new banknotes are available to the public at branches of the three note-issuing banks and the HKMA. The information is also available on the HKMA website at www.hkma.gov.hk.


For media enquiries please contact:

Hong Kong Monetary Authority

Rhonda Lam
Communications Chief
Tel: 2878 1480

Natalie Wu
Officer (Communications)
Tel: 2878 8246

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited

Gabriel Kwan
Head of Media & Government Relations
Tel: 2820 3036

Christina Lai
Senior Corporate Affairs Manager
Tel: 2820 3837

The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Louisa Leung
Head of External Affairs, Group Communications (Asia)
Tel: 2822 4930

Helen Lam
Senior Corporate Communications Manager, Group Communications (Asia)
Tel: 2822 4992

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited

Angel Yip
Chief Corporate Communications Manager
Tel: 2826 6159

Carol Tam
Senior Corporate Communications Manager
Tel: 2826 6133

Hong Kong Monetary Authority
24 November 2010

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