Dragon Copper 10 Cash 1909, Qing Emperor Xuan Tong Puyi Ji You Year 宣統 己酉 mint
AD 1909 己酉 宣統 Ji You Central Mint
Chicken paw dragon 鷄爪龍
Reign title: Xuan Tong, 1909-1911 AD
This 20 cash Dragon copper Circular coin was issued in 1909 with the sexagenary year written in Chinese "Ji You" on the obverse. Chinese (Great Ch'ing copper Coin) within beaded circle. the Emperor's reign title in four Manchu characters with two Chinese characters denoting the sexagenary year of the issue above, and Chinese (Equivalent to 20 Cash) below. On the reverse is a new design dragon [known as Tai Ch'ing Ti Kuo Dragon] emblem in center with a seven-flames pearl, surrounded by stylized clouds within beaded circle; above in outer circle, Chinese means made in the Reign of Xuan Tong, below English "TAI-CHING-TI-KUO COPPER COIN". TI-KUO means empires.
In 1905 China carried out a coinage reform which standardized the designs of copper coins. All mints were ordered to use the same obverse and reverse designs, but to place a mint mark in the center of the obverse. - page 318, S.C.O.W.C. 18th Edition.