Dragon Copper 5 Cash 1909 Qing Emperor Xuan Tong Puyi Central Mint Ji You Year
1909 AD Ji You Central Mint
Reign title: Xuan Tong, 1909-1911 AD
This 5 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 5 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.