The Last Emperor Puyi Xuan Tong, Dragon Copper 1 Li China EMPIRE 1910 AD
Weight: 1.7 grams; Size: 16.8 mm; Material: Copper
Puyi Reign title: Xuan Tong, AD 1909-1911
Obverse: Dragon, the symbol of the Qing royal family,
the emblem of flaming dragon flying in clouds inside the beaded circle.
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 Yuan". "Tung Yuan" was first minted in Kwangtung in the 26th year of the Kuang Hsu reign (1900AD). The coin was minted by machine without hole in the center. It was equivalent to ten cash at the early beginning. The use of copper to make one "T'ung Yuan" is equal to six old cash coin only.