A new set of Hong Kong banknotes has been issued by the three issuing banks: HSBC, Standard Chartered and Bank of China.

Standard Chartered notes. Photo: Screenshot.

Hong Kong Monetary Authority head Norman Chan said there are five Hong Kong-related themes shared by the three banks.

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The five themes include:

HK$1000: international financial centre;
HK$500: Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark;
HK$100: Cantonese opera;
HK$50: Hong Kong butterflies;
HK$20: Dim sum and tea culture.

HSBC notes. Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

The new notes have six key security features including a dynamic shimmering pattern, a windowed metallic thread, an enhanced watermark, embossed textures, a concealed numeral and fluorescent, transparent patterns.

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The HK$1,000 note will go into circulation at the end of the year, and the HK$500 notes will be released in early 2019.

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Other notes will be ready for issue between 2019 and 2020.

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“On top of carrying state-of-the-art security features, the unified thematic subject presented in a vertical layout for each denomination of the banknotes across the three NIBs makes the new series distinctive from the previous one and a good representation of the local culture of Hong Kong,” Chan said.

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He also said the notes can be read by visually-impaired people via phone apps.

Howard Lee, deputy chief executive of the Monetary Authority, said that the new vertical design of the banknotes’ rear side was inspired by overseas examples.

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Photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

“The public can easily recognise these are new bank notes when they see the vertical design,” he said.

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Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.