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1 Dollar 1937, Hong Kong

in Krause book Number: 312
Years of issue: 1937
Edition: 10 757 570
Signatures: Financial Secretary: Sir Sydney Caine KCMG (1937-1940)
Serie: 1936 Issue
Specimen of: 1936
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 126 х 79
Printer: Bradbury, Wilkinson & Company Limited, New Malden

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1 Dollar 1937




1 Dollar 1937

HM The King George VI.

George VI (Albert Frederick Arthur George, 14 December 1895 - 6 February 1952) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth from 11 December 1936 until his death. He was the last Emperor of India and the first Head of the Commonwealth.

Photo by Dorothy Wilding, HM The King George VI after the Coronation Day, 1937

This engraving is done from the portrait by photographer Dorothy Wilding, made ​​in 1937, after the Coronation Day of His Majesty. The original portrait is now in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Chinese characters on the left, apparently indicating the denomination.


1 Dollar 1937

Denomination in oval frame, centered, in Chinese and English languages.


Around are the acanthus leaves.

The acanthus is one of the most common plant forms to make foliage ornament and decoration.

The decoration is made by analogy with the herbaceous plant of acanthus acanthus family, native to the Mediterranean. The shape of its leaves, with a few sharp edges, resembling a bear's paw, was the basis for the drawing.

Acanthus often represents life and immortality.


Sir Sydney Caine

On banknote is the signature of Sir Sydney Caine.

Sir Sydney Caine, KCMG (27 June 1902 – 2 January 1991) was an educator and economist. He was the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong from 1937 to 1940. He was appointed the director of the LSE between 1957 and 1967. He was an alumnus of the LSE, and, before his appointment as director of the school, he was a well-known economist who had acted as a consultant for the World Bank for a period of time and had worked as a diplomat, being appointed minister at the British Embassy in Washington, US. Between 1952 and 1957 he was the vice-chancellor of the University of Malaya in Singapore.

Between 1963 and 1970 he was the chairman of the governing board of the UNESCO International Institute for Educational Planning.