You Down With HSBC? (You Will Be).

In a previous life I took a trip to Hong Kong and picked up a few things. Along with a pocket-full of obscenely heavy coins there came a few gorgeous banknotes.

 He's one majestic dude.

He's one majestic dude.

Imagine my surprise as an American when I realized that Hong Kong's paper currency isn't issued by a central bank - it comes from the HSBC! The same place I could open a savings account were I so inclined. The idea of walking into the Federal Reserve and doing that would blow my mind.

 I dig the ribbon.

I dig the ribbon.

I dig that someone at the HSBC had the idea to put a ribbon from someone's gymnastics floor routine on a note - floor routines don't get the respect they deserve.

This is what you will see when the drugs finally kick in...

The 20 dollar note has a fantastic view of the harbor.

The other 20 dollar bill has a neat view of the harbor ferry and more lions.

Can't be money without a lion.