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14 June 2019

Hong Kong Bank of China HK - 2017 3-in-1 $100 Centenary Commemorative 1917-2017

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China

Bank of China (Hong Kong Branch)

These are two uncut sheets of three $100 notes issued in 2017 celebrating the bank's 100th year of establishment in Hong Kong 1917-2017. The sheets below are printed with no letters prefix and with AA prefix. Other prefixes such as AB, BC, HK and HY are also issued. If you collect all prefixes for this issue then a complete set should be 6 pieces. Lucky you if you have them all.

In my opinion, I do not believe the bank had printed any replacement prefix, however I can't explain why they have printed prefixes like AA, AB and HY. It would be logical to have AA and AB prefixes but why HY? What is HY stands for?

One Hundred Dollars
No Prefix
AA Prefix

08 May 2019

China - 50 Yuan The People's Bank of China 70th Year Anniversary 1948-2018

Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó
People's Republic of China

中国人民银行 / Zhōngguó Rénmín Yínháng / People's Bank of China

This is the fifth commemorative note issued by the People's Bank of China since it's inception in 1948. This note celebrates the 70th year of issuance of banknotes by the People's Bank of China. The People's Bank of China is the central bank of China and was established on 01.12.1948 even before the formation of the Chinese People's Republic (established on 01.10.1949). The bank was created following the consolidation of three banks, namely Beihai Bank, Huabei Bank and Xibei Farmer Bank. Like all central banks around the world, the bank is responsible for carrying out monetary policy and regulation of financial institutions in China. Since it's inception in 1948, the People's Bank of China has been the only institution issuing banknotes for circulation in the country.

The face value of this new issue is 50 yuan. The Chinese currency yuan literally means round (as in a coin) and a total of 120 million pieces issued to celebrate this special occasion. This issue is far less that the previous Aerospace Science and Technology Commemorative of 100 Yuan where 300 million pieces were issued. Coins are also minted for this celebration.

The Design
Front - The main design of this note is a tree ring shape featuring parts of the design of banknotes issued from the first to the fifth series since 1948. Other features are the National emblem on the top left corner and the commemorative text of "The 70th Anniversary of Renminbi Issuance 1948-2918". The word Renminbi means People's currency.

Back - The People's Bank of China HQ building in Beijing and it's former old building, National flower Plum blossom. On the back ground, it also features the silhouette of the city buildings. The year date of 2018 is also printed on the note.

Watermark: the Great Wall of China.

This note was released in stages, with the first batch made available to the public on 28.12.2018. All notes are issued at face value.

Fifty Yuan
Dated 2018
In my opinion. this design is much better looking than those previous 4 commemorative notes issued since 1999.

1999 - 50 Yuan 50th Anniversary of the Chinese Revolution;
2000 - 100 Yuan Millennium 2000 Year (polymer);
2008 - 10 Yuan Beijing Olympic Games; and
2015 - 100 Yuan Aerospace Science and Technology Commemorative.

19 April 2019

China - 100 Yuan 2005 Prefix C97

People's Republic of China

One Hundred Yuan
Dated 2005, P907
In addition to the change in the prefix, the serial number has also reduced from 8 to 7 digits too. However one can also argued that the only alteration is the second letter prefix swap place with the first numeral digit, if you know what I mean.

14 April 2019

China - 100 Yuan 2015 with Letter/Number/Letter Serial Number

Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó
People's Republic of China

中国人民银行 / Zhōngguó Rénmín Yínháng / People's Bank of China

This 100 Yuan dated 2015 is the first printed with a prefix of H8D (letter/number/letter). Earlier prints serial numbers are with 8-digit numbers. This note is printed with 7-digit, with one number printed between two letters.

One Hundred Yuan
Dated 2015