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First-Time Polymer Bank Notes Issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2007

Below is the First-time Polymer Note issued by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 2007:

Front Page of the folder of the 2007 Hong Kong Notes folder

Incidentally, the ten(10) dollar Hong Kong is the first denomination being used to test the new Polymer printing technology ( plus additional security features). This is because the Hong Kong ten-dollar note has the most commonly used banknotes in Hong Kong. (The first one was issued by Oriental Bank Corporation, the first commercial bank in Hong Kong).

This FIRST TIME polymer notes was circulated in Hong Kong on 9 th July 2007 with ten dollar face-valued.

Contents in the folder of the 2007 Hong Kong Polymer Notes

Top Picture is the common banknote dated 1 st January 2005 while the bottom picture is the new polymer banknote dated 1st October 2007

A bit of details of the new polymer $10 Hong Kong banknote:

  • the polymer ten dollar note has the same design as the earlier paper version to avoid confusion as well as to provide a direct comparison between them. However the new polymer note has more new security features including clear window and color-shift ribbon.
  • it ha an abstract design, incorporated purple, mauvre, blue and yellow colors. The design expresses the spirit of modern architecture in Hong Kong as well as elements of festive and cultural activites.
  • As for its security features, on the normal ten-dollar version, we have an enlarged numeral “10” and is made easier to fell. When the banknote is viewed tilted, a concealed numeral “10” will appear, as well as a shimmering band at the central part of the note that shows images of a bauhinia flower, the word “HK” and “10”. There are also patterns on the two sides of the banknote aligns wholly to each other to show a complete picture of a horse when it is viewed with background light. Compared to the Polymer version, additional new security features includes a clear see-through window which is made on the note with a numeral “10”, and an integrated image of the bauhinia flower like a watermark. When the note is view with background light, an image of the numeral “10” is also shown. Also when the banknote is tilted or viewed against light and dark backgrounds, the color of the ribbon on the clear window changes between pink and purple.

Incidentally, pertaining to the non-polymer note, the first ten-dollar design was dated 1.7.2002 with “zz” as replacement note. There are uncut sheet version namely:

  • $10 3-note uncut sheet (issue price $80)
  • $10 6-note uncut sheet (issue price $200)
  • $10 45-note uncut sheet(issue price $1,500)

1st NON polymer $10 bank note issued by Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Back of the 1st NON polymer $10 bank note issued by Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

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