For this blog-ette we are looking at a delightful note from Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a special administrative region of China. Due to this Hong Kong has more autonomy, and separate judicial and legislative powers. Hong Kong means “fragrant harbor” in Mandarin, and is made up of 263 islands. An interesting fact, the number four sounds like the word “death” in Mandarin so it is considered an unlucky number. Given this, many buildings will not have a fourth floor in Hong Kong. On the flip side to this, the number eight is seen as a very auspicious number and represents good fortune.
The note we are looking at this week is the 10 Dollars p401b 2007. This multicolored noted has both Chinese and English text. The front of this note shows Bauhinia flower, a rearing horse, and geometric designs. The back of the note also has geometric designs, a rearing horse, Bauhinia flower, and a ribbon. There is no security thread for this polymer note. The watermark is 10.
The Bauhinia flower is commonly referred to as the Hong Kong Orchid Tree. These plants have thick leaves and large reddish-purple blossoms. The blooms are often fragrant and appear from November until March. The leaves and flowers of this plant are used as a vegetable and as an herb. The Bauhinia flower can be found in foods like curries and condiments.
The Bauhinia flower is the national flower for Hong Kong. This reddish- purple flower was named after a former Hong Kong governor and became an emblem in 1965. However, the plant is an exotic plant to Hong Kong, and therefore is not native to the region. The Bauhinia flower is a hybrid plant between other types of Bauhinia plants, and is sterile. The plant is only reproduced through grafting and root cuttings which means all the Bauhinia flowers come from the same parent plant and consequently is genetically identical.
Additionally, the Bauhinia flower can be seen on Hong Kong’s coat of arms and flag. This delightful, multicolored note is our current featured note and will be offered at a discounted price for a limited time.
Country: Hong Kong
Denomination: 10 Dollars
Pick #: 401b
Banknote Book #: 820b
Other Info: Polymer Note
Depictions: Designs; Ribbon; Bauhinia flower
Note Size: 5 1/4″ x 2 1/2 “
Continent: Asia and the Middle East
Watermark: Polymer window with denomination etched in