White Copper Pattern Coin Xuan Tong Dragon Copper 20 Cash China EMPIRE Year 3 19

White Copper Pattern Coin Xuan Tong Dragon Copper 20 Cash China EMPIRE Year 3 1911

ANCIENT CHINA Qing Dynasty
White Copper Pattern Coin
Xuan Tong Dragon Copper 20 Cash
China EMPIRE 1911 AD

 

Weight: 18.8; Size: 35.8 mm; Material: White Copper

Reign title: XuanTong, AD 1909-1911

Obverse: Dragon, the symbol of the Qing royal family,

the emblem of flaming dragon flying in clouds inside the beaded circle.


Lettering:
Tai-ch'ing T'ung-pi

Reverse:
Lettering:

二十文
Xuan Tong Year 3

Edge: Plain

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 c