Ultramarino S.A. issued the first banknotes in Macau in 1905,
three years after the Bank opened its first branch in the Territory.
Since then the political
and economic landscape of Macau has deeply changed moving steadily
towards a more developed economy and a more stable and sophisticated banking system.
The area of means of
payment is certainly one where technological innovation was most felt
bringing convenience and reduced costs to both individuals and companies.
The quality of the
notes produced, with the introduction of new security features and
printing techniques, has dramatically improved. Besides, a new array
of means of payment has greatly facilitated the daily life of Macau residents.
Ultramarino is in the forefront of progress and innovation in Macau
providing, among other things, credit and debit cards that can be
used all over the world for purchases and withdrawal of money and
an Internet banking service that allows its customers to pay utility
bills, credit cards and taxes on-line as well as transfer funds.
On the occasion of the 100th
anniversary of our presence in Macau, we are pleased to offer this on-line
exhibition, in Chinese, Portuguese and English, based on a catalog
published in 1987 (1) and a book published in 1997
(2) for the occasion of the inauguration of BNU new building in Macau.
We hope that you
will find information that otherwise would be difficult to obtain
and that it will enhance the knowledge of those interested in
history of banknotes issued in Macau.
Please rest assured
that BNU will spare no effort to continue providing the public in
general with efficient banking services thus honouring the confidence
that our community has entrusted us upon in over our first 100 years in Macau.