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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Hong Kong Dollar

Hong Kong 1 dollar, 1978
hong kong 1 dollar 1978
Weight: 7.1gm
Metal: copper-nickel
Diameter: 25.5mm
Reverse: upright crowned lion with orb
Obverse: Elizabeth II

Hong Kong 1 dollar, 1998
hong kong one dollar 1998
Metal: copper nickel
Weight: 7.1gm
Diameter: 25.5mm
Obverse: Bauhunia flower

Hong Kong 2 dollar, 1994
hong kong 2 dollar 1994
Weight: 8.4gm
Diameter: 28mm
Metal: copper nickel
shape: scalloped

Hong Kong 5 dollar, 1997
hong kong 5 dollar 1997
Weight: 13.4gm
Metal: copper nickel
Diameter: 27mm

Bauhinia is a genus of more than 200 species of flowering plants in the subfamily Cæsalpinioideae of the large flowering plant family Fabaceae, with a pantropical distribution. The genus was named after the Bauhin brothers, Swiss-French botanists.

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 tree grows 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. It is sometimes called Hong Kong orchid tree.

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