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1 Dollar HSBC

1 Dollar (HSBC) -  obverse1 Dollar (HSBC) -  reverse

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Features

Country Hong Kong
(China)
Issuing bank The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation
Queen Victoria (1842-1901)
Type Standard banknote
Years 1879-1889
Value 1 Dollar (1 HKD)
Currency Dollar (1863-date)
Composition Paper
Size 125 × 190 mm
Shape Rectangular
Demonetized 01-01-1904
References P# 113
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Modern issues 1961-present (25th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248986.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. General issues, 1368-1960 (16th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247071.
  • George S. Cuhaj (editor); 2013. Standard Catalog of World Paper Money. Specialized Issues (12th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440238833.

Obverse

The Victorian Seal of Hong Kong above the text with several large red numbers to denote the denomination in English and Chinese

Lettering:
行銀理匯海上港香
$1 $
No. 646954 No. 646954
壹Hong Kong _________18___壹
The Hong Kong & Shanghai Banking Corporation Promises to pay
員the Bearer on demand at its Offices here ONE DOLLAR or the 員
equivalent in the Currency of the island value received.
$1 1$
By Order of The Board of Directors
Acc. Chief Manager
港香 Hong Kong 港香

Engravers: Ashby, Co

Reverse

The Victorian Seal of Hong Kong surrounded by geometric patterns in red ink

Lettering:
1 The Hong Kong & Shanghai 1
One One
1 Banking Corporation 1

Engravers: Ashby, Co

Comments

The Great Seal dated 1842 was 'The first ever struck for the use of a British sovereign in the Chinese dominions." The design was made and the dies worked by Mr. B. Wyon, Queen Victoria's Medallist in Chief, assisted by Mr. J.S. Wyon, engraver. The tablet below the coat of arms shows a contemporary view of Hong Kong with both English and Chinese trading vessels in the harbour.

There were complaints regarding the original design as it was very detailed and difficult to reproduce with the technology available in the Victorian era. Consequently, later versions were simplified.

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
1879  1/8
1879  1/9
1879  30/6
1884  1/11
1884  1/6
1885  1/11
1885  1/9
1886  1/1
1886  1/3
1886  16/2
1887  14/12
1888  1/5
1888  20/9
1888  31/12
1888  5/12
1888  6/7
1889  1/1

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