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Ten pence coin

First issued

September 1992 – current size

Diameter

24.5mm

Weight

6.5g

Composition

 

1992-2010
2011 to date

Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
Nickel-plated steel

Edge

Milled

Key dates

1968

10p coins were issued from April and originally circulated as florins.

1971

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.

1982

The reverse inscription of 10p coins was changed from NEW PENCE to TEN PENCE.

1992

With a view to reducing the weight of the coinage, a smaller-sized 10p coin was issued from September. 

1993

The larger-sized pieces, including the old pre-decimal florins, were demonetised at the end of June. 

2008

As part of a general re-design of the coinage, a new reverse was introduced for the 10p coin.

2011

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.

Design

Obverse

1992-1997
1998 to date

Designed by Raphael Maklouf
Designed by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS

Reverse

1982-2008 A lion passant guardant royally crowned, being part of the Crest of England

1992-
2008

A lion passant guardant royally crowned, being part of the Crest of England

Designed by Christopher Ironside

2008 to date A section of the Royal Arms showing elements of the second and fourth quarterings

2008
to date




A section of the Royal Arms showing elements of the first quartering

Designed by Matthew Dent

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