The Hong Kong dollar is the official currency of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. The official currency symbol: “$”, “HK$” or “元”.
Three commercial banks have been granted permission by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority to print their own banknotes for public circulation in Hong Kong. The three commercial banks, HSBC, Bank of China, and Standard Chartered, each issue their own banknote designs in values of HK$20, HK$50, HK$100, HK$500, and HK$1000, with all designs in the same denomination looking similar. The Government of Hong Kong, on the other hand, issues the HK$10 notes and all coinage. Oriental Bank Corporation, Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, and Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) all began printing notes in the 1860s. In the 1860s and 1870s, there were denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, and 500 dollars. Although merchants accepted these notes, they were not accepted by the Treasury for payment of government dues and taxes.
Banknotes in denominations of $ 5 or more issued by the three authorized local banks (the Mercantile Bank of India, London and China, the Chartered Bank of India, Australia and China, and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation) were recognized legal money by the 1935 Monetary Ordinance. The Legislative Council of Hong Kong revised the Ordinance on the Issuance of Legal Tender Notes as early as the twenty-first century due to the incorporation of Standard Chartered (Hong Kong) on July 1, 2004. Standard Chartered Bank was replaced as one of Hong Kong’s banknote issuing banks by its newly founded subsidiary, Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Ltd.
The 100 Hong Kong dollars note front design illustrates the Qilin or Kirin is a chimerical mythological creature that arises in Chinese folklore when a sage or distinguished ruler is about to arrive or pass away. Qilin is a sort of one-horned beast from the Lin mythical family. The background features a design with the Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) Limited repeated and stylized.
The reverse of the note presents Sung (Song Dynasty) script seal on a background with a printed circuit. The lettering of the note is presented in the Chinese and English languages. This note is part of the 2010 – 2016 series, and its color is red and brown on a multicolor underprint.
Text: 渣打銀行（香港）.Standard 有限公司 Chartered Bank (HONG KONG) LIMITED, PROMISES TO PAY THE BEARER ON DEMAND AT ITS OFFICE HERE 憑票即付, 港幣壹佰圓 One Hundred HONG KONG DOLLARS 承董事會命 BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, StandardCharteredBank (Hong Kong) Limited 渣打銀行(香港)
HERITAGE AND TECHNOLOGY: SUNG SCRIPT SEAL AND PRINTED CIRCUIT ©2010 STANDARD CHARTERED BANK (HONG KONG) LIMITED