Hong Kong coins value
Do you know? In 1863 the Hong Kong Government produced Hong Kong’s first legal tender coin, a one-mil “Yi Wen” coin with a design based on the traditional Chinese cosmology of the hemispherical dome (square earth under a round sky).
Do you know? The first five-cent silver coin was issued in 1866. It weighed 0.036 taels. At that time, vegetable wholesalers made their bids discreetly by communicating in codes. “Dau” and “Ling” represented “3” and “6” respectively. The coin was therefore commonly known as “Dau Ling”.
Do you know? In the past a five-cent coin was also known as “half dollar.” In 1910s five cents could buy a decent Chinese style dinner.
Do you know? Hong Kong first issued one-dollar coins in 1960. It was the highest-value and largest coin at that time, earning itself a nickname “Dai Beng”, meaning “big cake”.
Do you know? Since 1993, “Queen’s Head” coins returning to the reserves have not been re-circulated. At the end of 2013, a total of 880 million “Queen’s Head” coins have been retrieved from circulation.
Do you know? There are no coins in circulation showing years of minting “1999” to “2011” because there had been no demand for minting new coins during these years.
Do you know? At the end of 2013 around 6 billion coins were in circulation in Hong Kong. They weighed 30, 000 tons, equivalent to 2, 000 double-deck buses.