Dollar (Hong Kong coin)

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1 dollar coin
Hong Kong
Value 1.00 HKD
Mass 7.10 g
Diameter 25.50 mm
Thickness 1.95 mm
Edge Milled
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel
Years of minting 1866 –1869, 1960, 1970-75, 1978-80, 1987-92, 1993-1998 (new issue)
Catalog number -
Obverse
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Design Bauhinia
Designer Joseph Yam
Design date 1992
Reverse
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Design 1 with value in English and Chinese
Designer Joseph Yam
Design date 1992

The one-dollar coin is the fourth-highest and fourth-lowest denomination coin of the Hong Kong dollar.

It was first issued in 1866 as a silver coin of a diameter of 38 mm, a mass of 26.96 grams and a thickness of 2.80 mm. This issue lasted only three years with a reported mintage of 2,109,000 coins in total; separate statistics of each years mintage are unavailable.

The second introduction of a dollar coin was started in 1960 as a copper-nickel coin of 30 mm in diameter, 2.25 mm thick, and weighing 11.66 g. The circulation of this coin was ended in 1978 with the issuance of a smaller coin of 25.50 mm in diameter, 1.95 mm thickness and weighing 7.10 g.

All issues up to 1992 featured Elizabeth II on the obverse with the inscription QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND.[1]

The reverse featured the Chinese characters and English words for 圓 (maan) one dollar, and 香港 Hong Kong, as well as an image of an English crowned lion in the centre.

In 1993 the portrait of Elizabeth II was replaced with the Bauhinia flower, this design is used to the present day but its first year's issue was made of nickel-plated steel as opposed to cupro-nickel.[2] in 1997 a commemorative issue with a Chinese unicorn, the Qilin on the reverse was issued for the handover of Hong Kong back to China.

Mintage[edit]

Mintmarks

  • H = Heaton
  • KN = King's Norton
Year [3][4] Mintage
1866-1868 (Silver coin) 2,109,000 (all years)
1960 (Large coin) 40,000,000 H mint mark, 40,000,000 KN
1970 15,000,000 H
1971 8,000,000 H
1972 20,000,000
1973 8,125,000
1974 26,000,000
1975 22,500,000
1978 (Small coin) 120,000,000
1979 104,908,000
1980 100,000,000
1987  ???
1988 20,000,000 circulating. 20,000 proof.
1989 20,000,000
1990  ???
1991  ???
1992 25,000,000
1993 Unknown
1994 Unknown
1995 Unknown
1996 Unknown
1997 Chinese unicorn commemorative. Unknown
1998 Unknown
/// = has not been minted, ??? = unknown yet, --- = only minted for sets


References[edit]

  • Ma Tak Wo 2004, Illustrated Catalogue of Hong Kong Currency, Ma Tak Wo Numismatic Co., LTD. Kowloon, Hong Kong.ISBN 962-85939-3-5
  1. ^ http://worldcoingallery.com/countries/display.php?image=img2/84-63&desc=Hong Kong km63 1 Dollar (1982-1992)&query=Hong Kong
  2. ^ http://worldcoingallery.com/countries/display.php?image=img14/84-69&desc=Hong Kong km69 1 Dollar (1993) nickel plated steel&query=Hong Kong
  3. ^ "Circulating Mintage quantities". Ma Tak Wo 2004, Illustrated Catalogue of Hong Kong Currency, Ma Tak Wo Numismatic Co., LTD Kowloon Hong Kong. ISBN 962-85939-3-5. 
  4. ^ Krause, Chester L. (2001). Standard Catalog of World Coins. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. pp. 920–921. ISBN 9780873418843. 
Preceded by
Hong Kong one-dollar note
Hong Kong one-dollar coin
1960–present
Succeeded by
Present