The Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited said on Sept. 25 that it will
issue a $100 commemorative bank note to celebrate the 100th
anniversary of its “service to Hong Kong.”
It will be available for subscription online or at bank branches to
those age 18 or older with a valid Hong Kong identity card. The bank
says net proceeds generated from the sale will be used for local
community projects and charitable causes.
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A total of 5 million commemorative bank notes will be issued in
3.24 million sets (each note is equivalent to $12.80 in U.S. funds).
The note will be offered in three different packages. One is a single
note (2.9 million sets) priced at $288 (all prices are in Hong Kong
funds). The balance are 300,000 sets of uncut sheets of three for
$988, and 40,000 uncut sheets of 30 notes at $13,888.
The face side features a famous local landmark, the Bank of China
Tower, along with an image of the Bank of China Building, with the old
Bank of China Hong Kong Branch and Bank of China Head Office in
Beijing on the side. Also shown are the Great Wall of China and an
ancient building pillar that the bank claims represents its strength.
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The back shows the first Hong Kong dollar-denominated bank note
issued by the bank in 1994, depicting both sides of Victoria Harbor as
seen from Victoria Peak. Superimposed with it is the current skyline
of Victoria Harbor and a modern container terminal
The note is legal tender in the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Region, but is not intended for circulation. Security devices include
a color-changing pattern (an old coin), enhanced watermark (the Great
Wall) and color-changing windowed metallic thread.