2010 New Series Hong Kong Banknotes

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15 Feb 2011

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 (Tuesday) announced that HK$500 banknotes of the 2010 New Series would be put into circulation from 22 February 2011.

The new HK$500 banknotes, the designs of which are at Annex, will be available for exchange at the three note-issuing banks starting from 22 February 2011.  HK$1,000 banknotes of the new series have been in circulation since 7 December 2010 and banknotes of the other three denominations of HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20 will go into circulation between late 2011 and early 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 security 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.  An interactive online-learning programme 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

Yokee Wong
Manager (Communications)
Tel: 2878 1213

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

Helen Lam
Senior External Communications Manager, Hong Kong, Group Communications (Asia)
Tel: 2822 4992

Chelsea Ng
Manager External Communications, Hong Kong, Group Communications (Asia)
Tel: 2822 4904

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
15 February 2011

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