Hong Kong, 20 cents, 1997

The coin of the day for 1/11/11 is from a people who believe strongly in numerology.

Hong Kong, 20 cents, 1997 (KM #67)


The picture makes the coin look silvery white, when in fact it is a brassy yellow. I think the scalloped edge is very cool. This type of coin was made from 1993 through 1998. It is worth 20 cents, or 2.6 cents USD.

Hong Kong used its own coins up until the retrocession to China in 1997. To my knowledge, no Hong Kong coins have been struck since 1998. Through widespread use and acceptance of the Octopus transit card, Hong Kong has come closer than any other nation to being a cashless society.

The reverse of the coin depicts the Bauhinia flower. Quoth Wikipedia: “Many species are widely planted in the tropics as orchid trees, particularly in northern India, Vietnam and southeastern China. In the United States of America, the trees grow in Hawaii, coastal California, Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. Bauhinia × blakeana is the floral emblem of Hong Kong, and a stylized orchid tree flower appears on the Hong Kong flag.”

Metal Nickel-Brass
Weight 2.6200 g
Diameter 18.95 mm
Thickness 1.30 mm
Shape Scalloped (with 12 notches)
Orientation Medal alignment

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