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World’s First $150 Banknote Standard Chartered Hong Kong 150th Anniversary Commemorative Charity Banknote.

Front page of the $150 banknote

This banknote issued on 8 th September 2009 represents the world’s first $150 banknote of international currency. This  $150 Standard Chartered Hong Kong 150th Anniversary Commemorative Charity Banknote (“Commemorative Charity Banknote”)  was issued to celebrate SCB’s 150 years of commitment in Hong Kong.


The new HK$150 banknote is a legal tender note of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, but is not intended for general circulation hence packaged in a big folder and sold at the prices higher than their face values. Security features incorporated in the new banknote are compliant with the 2003 Banknote Series


Particulars of Total Number of $150 banknote issued:

  • One million pieces of the Commemorative Charity Banknote offered in three different packages available for public sale. The types and prices of the banknotes are: “Single” banknote at HK$280, “4-in-1 Uncut” banknotes at HK$1,888 per set, “35-in-1 Uncut” banknotes at HK$18,888 per set.
  • Standard Chartered has selected 100 pieces from the “Single” Commemorative Charity Banknotes with special serial lucky number “Lucky Number”) for public bidding and another 10,000 pieces for the public to pick a serial number of their choice (“Single Self-selected Serial Number”).
  • For “Lucky Number” banknote, there will be three categories with minimum bid prices of HK$10,000,HK$6,000 and HK$3,000 respectively.
  • The “Single Self-selected Serial Number” banknote will be sold at HK$888 each.
  • Net proceeds from the sale of the banknotes go to support local community projects and charities including the Community Chest of Hong Kong, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and other charitable organizations in Hong Kong.
  • This Commemorative Charity Banknote was designed by internationally renowned graphic designer Mr Henry Steiner.

2nd page of the folder of $150 banknote

Front design of $150 banknote:

The front of the Commemorative Charity Banknote features a satellite image of

today’s Victoria Harbor tinted in Standard Chartered corporate colours “Blue and Green”. The left section shows Standard Chartered Hong Kong headquarters to symbolize the bank’s deep roots in Hong Kong.


Back design of the $150 banknote:

The reverse side of the note features eight iconic characters from different eras and all walks of life. The characters are standing on the Peak overlooking the Victoria Harbour, admiring Hong Kong’s success. It symbolizes the bank’s past achievements and the bright future that Hong Kong.

Front and back design of this $150 banknote itself

The Allotment of this $150 banknote to the public are as follows:

  • For  “Single” banknotes (except the stated quota specified for application and bidding of the “Single Self-selected Serial Number” and the “Lucky Number” respectively or otherwise) will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis at designated Standard Chartered branches and Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre starting from 1 October, 2009 .Each person will be limited to purchase 10 “Single” banknotes for each time.
  • All Commemorative Charity Banknotes will be sold in a random manner, and customers are not allowed to select designated serial numbers.
  •  “4-in-1 Uncut”, “35-in-1 Uncut” and “Single Self-selected Serial Number” banknotes will be open for public subscription through written or on-line application. Each applicant can apply for a maximum of one set of “4-in-1 Uncut”, one set of “35-in-1 Uncut” and five sets of “Single Self-selected Serial Number” banknotes.
  • Single “Lucky Number” banknotes featuring special lucky serial number will be sold through silent bidding.


Last page of folder on write up of Standard Chartered Bank in Hong Kong

In ebay auction, we frequently find this single banknote is selling around  USD200 to USD270.

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