Republic of CHINA, 1911 – 1912
Wuchang Uprising, Fukien Province, 1 Cash
The Wuchang Uprising (aka Wuhan uprising) directly led to the Xinhai Revolution (辛亥革命) in which revolutionary forces overthrew the Qing Dynasty, ending more than 2,000 years of dynastic rule in China and ushering in the Republican era (1911 to 1949). The revolutionaries were upset over government corruption, the encroachment of foreign countries into China, and resentment over Manchu rule over Han Chinese. The Xinhai Revolution ended with Emperor Puyi being ousted from the Forbidden City in 1912. The Xinhai Revolution led to the establishment of the Republic of China (ROC) in January 1912.
Double Ten Day (雙十節) is celebrated yearly on October 10. Double Ten Day is the anniversary of the Wuchang Uprising (武昌起義), a revolt that led to a declaration of independence from the central government by Wuchang and several other provinces in China in 1911. [ThoughtCo.]Not only is this coin representative of the end of 2,000+ years of dynastic rule, coincidentally, this series of 3 types of 1 & 2 Cash coins, spells the end of cast/holed coinage for China going back at least 2,600 years. This scarce series of cast coins were made for use during the Wuchang Uprising. They do not show a date, but were cast in late 1911 and/or early 1912. Shown here is the 1 Cash coin that shows 6 stripes for the ‘Five Colored Flag’; the two types of 2 Cash coins vary in showing 5 or 6 stripes. Later in 1912 struck coins were issued celebrating the successful uprising that changed the face of China. You can see examples of the 2 Cash Wuchang Uprising coins, both 5 & 6 stripe varieties, and the 1912 struck coin at this LINK