Dragon Copper Large 20 Cash 1909 AD Sichuan Mint Emperor Xuan Tong Szechuan
Weight: 14 grams; Size: 33.5 mm; Bronze
部 幣 川 銅 支度
Szechuan (Sichuan) Province
Szechuan (Sichuan) Province is in the south central part of China, and is an important economic power in the country. The capital is Chengdu. In the early 20th Century it, along with Tibet, was made a special administrative disctrict, acknowledging the dominance of non-Han Chinese people in the region. The Szechuan mint with modern equipment opened in 1898 with machinery brought from New Jersey, USA. Another mint was opened in Chungking in 1905.
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 10 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 empirs. 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.