HONG KONG Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank 100 dollars 1.7.2003 P209a


HONG KONG, Hong Kong & Shanghai Bank, 100 dollars, 1.7.2003, Face: brown on red and multicolor, lion, Back: black and red on multicolor, bridges, P209a, VF

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Hong Kong was acquired by Britain as a spoil of the First Opium War. A 99 year lease was obtained in 1898. Japan occupied it 1941-45. China got it back in 1997. The British regime was quite free market. The currency needs were mostly handled by private banks issuing their own paper money.