65m plastic notes available today

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 January, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 14 January, 2009, 12:00am

A total of 65 million plastic HK$10 banknotes will be available to the public from today for lai see packets this Lunar New Year.

'For the new banknotes issued this year, 50 million of them are newly printed, whilst the other 15 million are inventory we printed last year,' the Monetary Authority said.

The authority - which again called on the public to show concern for the environment and be willing to use nearly new notes rather than the new ones that are considered luckier - said more new plastic banknotes were issued this year in order to replace paper notes. Many of the paper notes were worn out.