Banknotes of the Hong Kong dollar

The issue of banknotes of the Hong Kong dollar is governed in the Special Administrative Region of Hong Kong by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the governmental currency board of Hong Kong. Under licence from the HKMA, three commercial banks issue their own banknotes for general circulation in the region. Notes are also issued by the HKMA itself.

Hong Kong dollar
港元  (Chinese)
Hong Kong SAR
ISO 4217
Symbol$ or HK$
Banknotes$10, $20, $50, $100, $150 (commemorative), $500, $1,000
Official user(s) Hong Kong
Unofficial user(s) Macau
Monetary authorityHong Kong Monetary Authority
PrinterIssuing banks and authority:
Government of Hong Kong ($10)
The Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (Hong Kong)
Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong)
Bank of China (Hong Kong)

Note printer:

Hong Kong Note Printing Limited:

In most countries of the world the issue of banknotes is handled exclusively by a single central bank or government. The arrangements in Hong Kong are unusual but not unique, as a comparable system is used in the United Kingdom where seven commercial banks issue banknotes (three in Scotland and four in Northern Ireland) and Macau where two banks issue banknotes.

Hong Kong banknotes in everyday circulation are issued in denominations of $10, $20, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.

The total value of banknotes in circulation in Hong Kong can be found in the HKMA Monthly Statistical Bulletin and the HKMA Annual Report.

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