1. Banknotes

Note-issuing Banks
The Government has granted authorization to two commercial banks, the Banco Nacional Ultramarino, S.A. and the Bank of China (Macau) Limited, to issue banknotes in Macao. For the issuance or redemption of banknotes, the two note-issuing banks are required to make corresponding payments in Hong Kong dollars to AMCM, at the fixed rate of HKD1 to MOP1.03 under the Linked Exchange Rate system.

Notes in Circulation
Banknotes in circulation include MOP10, MOP 20, MOP50, MOP100, MOP500 and MOP1,000 notes issued by the two note-issuing banks. The Banco Nacional Ultramarino issued in 2005 their new note series, which consisted of all note denominations except for the MOP50. The MOP 50 note of the new note series of BNU was subsequently issued in November 2009. The Bank of China (Macau) Limited issued their new note series in 2008, which consisted of all 6 note denominations. The last series of banknotes issued by the two note-issuing banks in the 1990’s are no longer reprinted, but still remain legal tender (except for MOP10 notes issued in 1991 and 1995).

For details, please visit website of BOC and BNU.

The total value of notes in circulation in Macao is shown in the Monetary Statistics section on our website.

Reproduction of banknotes of Macao for educational and promotional purposes
In accordance with article 14.2 of the Decree-Law No. 7/95/M of January 30, requests for reproduction of banknotes for educational and promotional purposes with justifiable reasons could be approved by the Government. In practice, such requests should be made to the Monetary Authority of Macao (AMCM).

Key security features of banknotes
2005 banknote series of BNU
2009 $50 note of BNU
2008 banknote series of BOC
It is a criminal offence under the Penal Code of Macao to manufacture or knowingly pass or tender a counterfeit note or coin. The offence carries a maximum penalty of 12 years’ imprisonment. If anyone comes across a counterfeit note or coin, he / she should report the matter to the Judiciary Police.

2. Coins in Circulation
The MSAR Government issues coins of MOP 0.1, MOP 0.2, MOP 0.5, MOP 1, MOP 2, MOP 5 and MOP 10 to meet demand for general circulation. The reverse of all seven coins uniformly bears an image of a bat, which is a symbol of happiness according to Chinese symbolism, and the word “Macau” in chinese characters and portuguese. The obverse of the seven coin denominations feature the followings:

  • MOP 0.1 ……………………….. Chinese Lion Dance
  • MOP 0.2 ……………………….. A Dragon Boat
  • MOP 0.5 ……………………….. Chinese Dragon Dance
  • MOP 1 ………………………… The Guia Chapel and Lighthouse
  • MOP 2 ………………………… The Chapel of Our Lady of Penha and the A-Ma Temple
  • MOP 5 ………………………… The St. Paul’s Ruins and a Chinese Junk
  • MOP 10 ………………………… The St. Dominic’s Church

The total value of coins in circulation in Macao is shown in the Monetary Statistics section on our website.


Last revision: 2019-02-25 17:56:56