September 1992 – current size
2011 to date
Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
10p coins were issued from April and originally circulated as florins.
All florins – meaning both pre-decimal florins and the new 10p coins – were redenominated as coins of ten new pence at the time of decimalisation.
The reverse inscription of 10p coins was changed from NEW PENCE to TEN PENCE.
With a view to reducing the weight of the coinage, a smaller-sized 10p coin was issued from September.
The larger-sized pieces, including the old pre-decimal florins, were demonetised at the end of June.
As part of a general re-design of the coinage, a new reverse was introduced for the 10p coin.
With metal prices rising on world markets, the composition of 10p coins was changed from cupro-nickel to nickel-plated steel. As a result of their steel core, nickel-plated steel 10p coins are magnetic.
1998 to date
Designed by Raphael Maklouf
Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
A lion passant guardant royally crowned, being part of the Crest of England
Designed by Christopher Ironside
A section of the Royal Arms showing elements of the first quartering
Designed by Matthew Dent