Hong Kong one-cent coin
|Years of minting||1863 –1866, 1875-77, 1879-81, 1899-05, 1919, 1923-26, 1931, 1933-34, 1941|
|Design||George VI of the United Kingdom|
|Design||Hong Kong, value in English and Chinese and year of minting|
The one-cent coin was the smallest-denomination coin of the Hong Kong dollar from its introduction in 1863 until its replacement in 1941 by the one-cent note. During World War II the loss of coins dated 1941 along with their subsequent melting during the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong has resulted in the survival of no more than 100 coins.
Throughout its history the coin's initial design remained unchanged with the only exception being its obverse which featured the currently reigning British monarch. Its reverse which remained constant featured the text '香港一仙' surrounded by its translation 'HONG KONG ONE CENT' while its obverse displayed the current reigning British monarch. It total the coins has displayed four different monarch; Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V and George VI.
After a number of trial strikes the copper-based coin was released in 1863 weighing 7.5g and having a diameter of 27.8mm. In order to save money the coin was debased in 1902 switching from copper to bronze and further reduced in size twice under the reign of George V.
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