Hong-Kong – new banknotes

Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited
  • Design elements on the front

The front of each banknote bears our traditional elements – the HSBC lion “Stitt” and the Main Building at 1 Queen’s Road Central. “Stephen” and “Stitt” have been part of our community through the generations and Hong Kong people often rub their paws for luck. The Main Building has been in use since 1985 and is an unmissable component of the modern Hong Kong skyline.

  • Use of vertical layout on the reverse side

The 2018 series marks the first use of a vertical layout on Hong Kong banknotes. Illustrations on the back of the banknotes are based on specially commissioned photos that feature different facets of life in Hong Kong.

Financial Metropolis as seen through a special panoramic fisheye lens creates a stunning image of the Central business district of the city, the harbour and the mountain range including the Lion Rock in the background, representing the prosperity and vibrancy of Hong Kong.

Source: Hongkong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited

Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd.

The new HK$1,000 banknotes have been issued into circulation on 12 December 2018 while the new HK$500 banknotes will enter circulation on 23 January 2019. The launch of the new HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20 banknotes will be announced at a later stage. The existing series of banknotes remains legal tender in Hong Kong and continues to circulate along with the new series.

The front panel of the HK$1,000 banknote features a bauhinia flower and Bank of China Tower with diamond patterns in the background. The silhouette of a human head on the right echoes the design theme of Hong Kong as a smart metropolis.

The HK$1000 banknote has a golden colour scheme, with a measurement of 163 mm (length) by 81.5 mm (width).

Two people in profile, with a representation of their brain structure made up of the digits 0 and 1, along with a globe, symbolise human wisdom. The design of this banknote signifies Hong Kong’s pool of talented people and the global vision behind the city’s vibrancy as a financial market, as well as its success as a world-class smart metropolis.

Source: Bank of China (Hong Kong) Ltd.

Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd

$1000: Wit and Wisdom

The $1000 banknote highlights Hong Kong’s position as an international financial centre with the signature Central skyline as its key visual. The symbols of technology and the stock market show the wit and dynamics of the financial industry in Hong Kong. With wit and wisdom, Hong Kong people can create new opportunities for the future.

The 2018 Banknote Series HK$1,000 notes and HK$500 notes will be issued into circulation on 12 December 2018 and 23 January 2019 respectively. The other three denominations of HK$100, HK$50 and HK$20 will enter circulation between mid-2019 and early 2020. Together with the 2018 Series, all other banknotes currently in circulation will continue to be legal tender.

Source: Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd