Through the collaboration of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the three note-issuing banks of Hong Kong, the 2018 New Series Hong Kong Banknotes were unveiled on 24 July 2018. Among the five new denominations, the HK$500 banknote features the world-class hexagonal rock columns in Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. The notes will be put into circulation in early 2019-20, replacing the existing 2010 series.
2018 New Series Hong Kong Banknotes Launching Ceremony
(From right to left: Ms. Cynthia CHAN, Senior Geopark Officer (Ag) of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD, Authority of the Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark); Mr. Howard Lee, Deputy Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA); Dr. Leung Siu-fai, Director of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation; Mr Peter Wong, Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation Limited; Mr Norman Chan, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA); Mr Paul Chan, Financial Secretary of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; Mr Gao Yingxin, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive of Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited; Ms. Mary Huen, Chief Executive Officer of Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited (SCBHK); Ms. Yee Mann Hau, Chief Financial Officer of SCBHK; Mr. Patrick Lai, Assistant Director (Country and Marine Parks) of AFCD and Ms. Jackie Yip, Senior Conservation Officer of AFCD.)
“Besides carrying state-of-the-art security features, the new series is distinctly different from the previous banknotes series in the design,” said Mr Norman Chan, Chief Executive of the HKMA. “We are thankful to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (the management authority of Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark) and other partners for their valuable advice and contribution to the new Hong Kong banknotes series, which reflects the wide and surprising spectrum of life and natural heritage in Hong Kong.”
In addition to an educational mobile application (app), roving exhibitions will be held across several districts in Hong Kong, introducing the new banknotes and the design themes to the public before they are released.
New UNESCO Global Geopark-themed Banknotes in Hong Kong
“These beautifully designed denominations with "UNESCO Global Geopark" as the design theme are probably the first-ever in the world of this type,” said a spokesman for Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark. “The release of these new bank notes and the mobile app will not only promote Hong Kong UNESCO Global Geopark, but also contribute to the global geopark movement. May I take this opportunity to express our gratitude for the HKMA's valued contribution to the global geopark movement through the production of these beautiful new bank notes.”