The 10 cent coin was first introduced with decimalisation on 14 February 1966. Given that the earlier Australian Pound was equal to 240 pence, and the new Australian Dollar was introduced at two dollars to the pound, the ten cents denomination was exactly equal to the earlier Australian Shilling - both in value and in size (the coins were made of the same dimensions and mass). It is thus a direct descendant of the British Shilling.
The original reverse design by Stuart Devlin has not been changed since the introduction. After the withdrawal of the one cent and two cents denominations from circulation in February 1992, the ten cent coin is now the second smallest circulating coin of the Australian dollar.
Australian 10 cent coins have been produced by the Royal Australian Mint and the Royal Mint, Llantrisant.
Composition: 75% copper, 25% nickel.