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Coin: Ten Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait)
Description

On 2 March 2015 the Royal Mint revealed a new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, which went into production that very day. This is only the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen to appear on British circulating coins since her accession to the throne in 1952, making it a very rare event indeed. It became the fourth portrait in circulation, joining those created in 1968, 1985 and 1998 (the effigy by Mary Gillick features on the pre-decimal coins which were demonetised in 1970, and on Maundy coinage which is not in normal circulation); together, the coins that carry them tell the story of Her Majesty’s lifetime and paint a compelling picture of the story of her reign.

The new portrait was designed by Jody Clark. He was the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in over 100 years.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value10 (x Penny) TypeTen Pence (Steel, Dent design)
Year2015 CurrentYes
Mintage91,900,000 (91.9 million) RarityC (Common)
Mints
NameMint markMintage
Royal Mint No mint mark 91,900,000 (91.9 million), Rarity: C (Common)
MaterialSteel DesignerMatthew Dent
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapeRound
Size (mm)24.5000 Thickness (mm)2.0500
Mass (g)6.5000
Obverse

Head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown (worn for her Coronation) and perl earrings (effigy known as the "Fifth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials JC (for Jody Clark). Around, the legend and date ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 · (Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith).

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Reverse

The first quarter of the Royal Shield of the United Kingdom, showing two lions passant guardant (i.e. walking, facing), to left, from the Royal Banner of England, with the words TEN PENCE above the shield design.

Reverse inscriptionTEN PENCE
EdgeMilled Edge inscriptionNone
Ten Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint January 2017 Mint link
Royal Mint January 2017 Mintage link Circulation mintage
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