DEFINITION of 'HKD (Hong Kong Dollars)'

The currency abbreviation or currency symbol for the Hong Kong dollar (HKD), the currency for Hong Kong. The Hong Kong dollar is made up of 100 cents and if often presented with the symbol $ or HK$. Three Chinese note-issuing banks are authorized to issue Hong Kong dollars, subject to conditions laid out by the Hong Kong government. Banknotes then run through a government exchange fund which holds the U.S. dollars in reserves and records all transactions in the general accounts of the two currencies.

BREAKING DOWN 'HKD (Hong Kong Dollars)'

The Hong Kong dollar was first seen as a distinct currency in 1863. Before then, various foreign currencies had been used, and continued to be used even after its inception. The HK dollar was outlawed by the Japanese puppet government in 1943 and reinstated in 1945 after the war. Hong Kong is now in sole control of the printing and administration of its currency.

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