Thursday, March 30, 2017

British Hong Kong Bank Notes


British Hong Kong Currency
from 1841 to 1997 (excluding the Japanese occupation from 1941 to 1945)

The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank was established in British Hong Kong in 1865 and was incorporated as The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation in 1866, and has been based in Hong Kong (although now as a subsidiary) ever since. It was renamed The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited in 1989. It is the founding member of the HSBC Group of Banks and Companies, since 1990, is the namesake and one of the leading subsidiaries of the London-based HSBC Holdings PLC. The company's business ranges from the traditional High Street roles of retail bankingcommercial bankingcorporate banking to investment bankingprivate banking and global banking. It is the largest bank in Hong Kong, and operates branches and offices throughout the Asia Pacific region, and in other countries around the world.

The Hong Kong dollar is the currency of Hong Kong. It is the thirteenth most traded currency in the world. The Hong Kong dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. It is also used in nearby Macau, where the official currency, the Macau pataca, is of similar value.

Currency name
Hong Kong dollar
Dollars (English)
$ or HK$
1/10 dime (English),  1/100 cents (English)
Hong Kong (Official user), Macau (Unofficial user)
Central bank
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation
Established on 3 March 1865; 152 years ago in Hong Kong (as The Hongkong and Shanghai Bank), Incorporated on 14 August 1866; 150 years ago (as The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation)
HSBC Main BuildingCentral, Hong Kong


5 Dollars
Item Code:143/BHK-1
Coat of arms; Seated woman; Sailing ship.
The old building of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, Hong Kong; Woman playing trumpet.
Helmeted Britannia
Bradbury, Wilkinson & Co. Ltd. Engravers, New Malden, Surrey, England.
142 x 80 mm
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