The HSBC crest

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About this collection

The HSBC crest was a familiar sight on buildings and documents, long before our Hexagon logo was formalised in 1983. It featured the royal coat of arms, reflecting Hong Kong’s position as a British colony. Underneath lay a harbour scene, signalling our commitment to financing trade around the world. The details of the scene varied slightly over time, but invariably included a clipper and a junk in the bay. This selection charts 120 years of the crest in action.