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About the currency
Coins and notes
Just like other dollars, the Hong Kong dollar ($) is divided into 100 cents (c) or 100 sin (in Cantonese). Coins come in 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, $2, $5 and $10 varieties, while Hong Kong banknotes can be found in $10, $20, $50, $100, $150, $500 and $1,000 denominations. Hong Kong also has a special term, hou, for a dime (10 cents).
Facts about the currency
- The Hong Kong dollar was unified as legal tender in 1937.
- The HKD is the 13th most traded currency in the world, despite only being used in Hong Kong and Macau.
- Together with South Korea, Singapore and Taiwan, Hong Kong is part of the ‘4 Asian Tigers’ – known for their fierce and rapidly grown economies.
- HKD coins started gradually replacing the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with a depiction of a Bauhinia flower in 1993, four years prior to the end of British rule in Hong Kong. So they just went from one beauty to another, really.
- Alongside English and Chinese text, Honk Kong banknotes also feature Arabic numerals.
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