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Chinese Copper Coins II

I post below is the coin images received from Mr. D G P of Fergus Falls, U.S.A. on Sat, 25 Nov 2000.

During the later Qing dynasty, the coinage of the ancient copper coins had been suspended in most of the provinces in China. The Mint masters found that they could not cast the tranditional cash coins economically, they stopped casting and engaged in another kind of circular coin struck by machinery without a square hole in the centre. It was known as "T'ung Yuan" [copper coin], or "T'ung Hsien" [copper cent] and or "Tung Pan" [copper plate] Each one is equivalent to ten cash. Later, there were also denominations of 1, 2, 5, 20, and 30 cash.
Copper Coin was first minted in Kwangtung province in the 26th years of the "Kwang Hsu" reign (1900AD).

Marks of Rareness of the Collected Currencies
Extremely Rare A ~ Very Rare B ~ Rare C ~ Not So Many D ~ Common E

ObverseReverse Description
No. 328
?? mm
Wt. ? g.
Mint Evolution and PeculiarityRareness E
This 10 cash Hupei Dragon copper Circular coin was inssued in 1906 with the sexagenary year written in Chinese "Ping Wu" on the obverse.
A Chinese character "Ngo" meaning Hupei Province inscribed in center, surrounded by Chinese (Great Ch'ing copper Coin) within beaded circle. 2 Chinese characters "HU POO" (Board of Revenue) on each side of the center in the outer 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 Kuang Hsu, below English "TAI-CHING-TI-KUO COPPER COIN". TI-KUO means empirs. This is a very common Chinese copper coin, it is worth about one US dollar, if it is in a very fine condition.

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.
ObverseReverse Description
No. 370
?? mm
Wt. ? g.
Mint Evolution and PeculiarityRareness D
There are more than ten recognized varieties of the Hupei 10 cash copper coins. They come in a variety of designs, ranging from simple to intricate. These varieties are usually not identified by even the Chinese collectors for lack of references.
Luckily I know this Hupei copper coin is known as " 雙冠龍 - Double Hats Dragon" in China though I am a casual coin collector only. Please view the hat shaped pattern at top of the dragon heat and the cloud shaped bar under pearl with five flames.

Coin Images by courtesy of Mr.M.T.

More about Copper Coin in Chinese History

Where is the Mint Mark
of the 10 Cash TAI-CHING-TI-KUO copper coin ?

The TAI-CHING-TI-KUO copper coin of the Chihli Province


  1. A History of Chinese Currency (16th Century BC - 20th Century AD), 1983 Jointly Published by Xinhua (New China) Publishing House N.C.N. Limited M.A.O. Management Group Ltd. ISBN 962 7094 01 3
  2. Pang Hsin Wei:中國貨幣史,上海人民出版社。(The Currency History of China.), 1988. ISBN7-208-00196-0/K.47
  3. Chester L. Krause and Clifford Mishler Colin R. Bruce II. : Standard catalog of World Coins 1991, 18th edition

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