Mintage:10,000,000 Mint:Royal LondonMonarch:George VReverse Designer:Sir Edgar Bertram MacKennalObverse Designer:Sir Edgar Bertram MacKennalSize:18mmWeight:2.6gEdge:ReededComposition:80% Silver 75% Copper 25% Nickel
This Hong Kong ten cent obverse features the Sir Edgar Bertram MacKennal effigy of King
George V along with the legend GEORGE V KING AND EMPEROR OF INDIA. The
reverse has the legend HONG KONG TEN CENTS with an inner circle containing Chinese
characters depicting the date, denomination and country of origin. The official currency
of Hong Kong was the British Pound although it was not well received by the population as the traders were used to the Chinese
system of using the weight of silver for their transactions. It was the policy of the British Government to introduce sterling
silver coinage to their colonies since 1825 and the Spanish and Mexican eight Reales became legal tender and set at a value
of four shillings two pence. The Government eventually concluded that their efforts to introduce the sterling coinage was
unsuccessful in overcoming the strong local support of the Spanish silver dollar. The British Government made the decision,
as it had also done in Canada, that it could not displace the local currency and the Royal Mint in London commenced the issue
of special subsidiary coinage to run alongside the local dollar currency.
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