China Dragon Copper 5 Cash, 1903 Beijing Hu Poo Board of Revenue Mint, Emperor
1903 AD Central Mint Beijing, Board of Revenue
Hu Poo 5 Cash
Obverse: Dragon, the symbol of the Qing royal family,
Chinese Dragon Copper Coin
For the shortage of the old copper cash in the late Qing dynasty, the tradition casting method did not help economically to solve the problem. When Hong Kong one cent copper coins were occasionally in circulation with the value to ten cash coins in the local market of Kwangtung. The existence western style coinage in Hong Kong directly influenced the Chinese mint authority.
The Acting Viceroy of Kwangtung and Kwangsi Province, Te Shou consulted with Li Hung-chang , his predecessor, decided to mint a new model copper coin called "T'ung Y