Ten Cents, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Ten Cents, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1961 - )
Coin TypeTen Cents

The South African Ten Cents coin (abbreviated as 10c) is currently the smallest circulating coin of the Rand currency - after the 5c denomination was withdrawn in 2012. It was introduced when the currency was decimalised in 1961 and replaced the earlier pre-decimal shilling, retaining its reverse design, dimensions and metal content.

The silver version of the Ten Cents was only issued for four years though; in 1965, the Second Decimal Series was introduced, in which the Ten Cents denomination was made of nickel. This was changed to a smaller bronze-plated steel version in 1990.

Apart from the regular designs, there were also four commemorative issues with different obverses.

Obverse
South Africa / Ten Cents - obverse photo

The first obverse, designed by Willie Myburg and used between 1961 and 1964, features the portrait of Johan Anthoniszoon van Riebeeck, known as Jan van Riebeeck (1619-1677), Dutch colonial administrator and founder of Cape Town and considered by many people to be the founding father of the South African nation. The designer's initials WM are incuse on the shoulder truncation.

Around left, the motto UNITY IS STRENGTH in English; separated from that by two decorative rosettes, around right the same in Afrikaans: EENDRAG MAAK MAG.

The second obverse (1965 - 1969), designed by Tommy Sasseen, has a different portrait of Jan van Riebeeck - facing right; the legend is in one language only - either SOUTH AFRICA or SUID-AFRIKA, with both versions issued every year.

The third obverse (1970 - present) displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre. This was the old (1910) Coat of Arms until 2000, then was updated to the current symbol. The legend was bilingual, in Afrikaans: SUID-AFRIKA, and in English: SOUTH AFRICA. In 1996, the legend was changed to one language only: SOUTH AFRICA in English, then an annual rotation of the language of the legend was instituted after 2001.

Obverse Inscription SUID-AFRIKA * SUID-AFRIKA * [year] *
Reverse
South Africa / Ten Cents - reverse photo

The first reverse design (1961 - 1964) continues the original design of the shilling, with a small modification; it depicts a standing female figure, her right arm resting on a large anchor, with sea waves in the background; unlike the shilling, there is no star to the right of the figure. Between her flowing robes and the waves, the designer's initials KG (for George Kruger Gray).

Above, the date of issue: · [year] ·.

Around left and around right, respectively the legend SOUTH AFRICA in English and SUID-AFRIKA in Afrikaans.

Around below, flanked by two rosettes, the value and denomination * 5 c. * (Five Cents).

The second reverse (1965 - 1989) depicts an aloe plant (Aloe succotrina, or Fynbos aloe). Above, the numeral value 10 (Ten Cents).

At the base of the plant on the left side, the initials of the designer T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

The third reverse (1990 - present) depicts a bunch of Arum lilies (Zantedeschia aethiopica) - flowers native to South Africa.

To the right, the value and the abbreviated denomination 10 c (Ten Cents).

At the base of the plants on the left side, the initials of the designer RCM (for Robert Campbell McFarlane).

Reverse Inscription 10 c
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Note that there are also half-ounce silver bullion coins denominated as 10 cents in face value.

Coin Type: Ten Cents - (66) Coins
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Ten Cents 1961 South Africa / Ten Cents 1961 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1961 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,143,530
Ten Cents 1962 South Africa / Ten Cents 1962 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1962 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 2,450,844
Ten Cents 1963 South Africa / Ten Cents 1963 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1963 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 3,331,025
Ten Cents 1964 South Africa / Ten Cents 1964 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1964 - obverse photo Material: 0.500 Silver
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 4,168,999
Ten Cents 1965 (English) South Africa / Ten Cents 1965 (English) - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1965 (English) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 29,210,000
Ten Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Ten Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 29,235,000
Ten Cents 1966 (English) South Africa / Ten Cents 1966 (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 3,710,000
Ten Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Ten Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 3,685,000
Ten Cents 1967 (English) South Africa / Ten Cents 1967 (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 75,000
Ten Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Ten Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 50,000
Ten Cents 1968 Swart (English) South Africa / Ten Cents 1968 Swart (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 50,000
Ten Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) South Africa / Ten Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 75,000
Ten Cents 1969 (English) South Africa / Ten Cents 1969 (English) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 570,000
Ten Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) South Africa / Ten Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 558,000
Ten Cents 1970 South Africa / Ten Cents 1970 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1970 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 7,608,000
Ten Cents 1971 South Africa / Ten Cents 1971 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1971 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 6,452,000
Ten Cents 1972 South Africa / Ten Cents 1972 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1972 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 10,038,000
Ten Cents 1973 South Africa / Ten Cents 1973 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 1,771,000
Ten Cents 1974 South Africa / Ten Cents 1974 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1974 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 9,912,000
Ten Cents 1975 South Africa / Ten Cents 1975 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1975 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 13,000,000
Ten Cents 1976 Fouché South Africa / Ten Cents 1976 Fouché - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1976 Fouché - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 31,007,000
Ten Cents 1977 South Africa / Ten Cents 1977 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1977 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 28,870,000
Ten Cents 1978 South Africa / Ten Cents 1978 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1978 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 25,027,000
Ten Cents 1979 Diederichs South Africa / Ten Cents 1979 Diederichs - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,059,000
Ten Cents 1980 South Africa / Ten Cents 1980 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1980 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 5,055,000
Ten Cents 1981 South Africa / Ten Cents 1981 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1981 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 9,614,000
Ten Cents 1982 Vorster South Africa / Ten Cents 1982 Vorster - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1982 Vorster - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 15,818,000
Ten Cents 1983 South Africa / Ten Cents 1983 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 26,509,000
Ten Cents 1984 South Africa / Ten Cents 1984 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1984 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 35,476,000
Ten Cents 1985 South Africa / Ten Cents 1985 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1985 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 29,279,859
Ten Cents 1986 South Africa / Ten Cents 1986 - reverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 24,487,100
Ten Cents 1987 South Africa / Ten Cents 1987 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1987 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 43,240,781
Ten Cents 1988 South Africa / Ten Cents 1988 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1988 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 48,274,250
Ten Cents 1989 South Africa / Ten Cents 1989 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1989 - obverse photo Material: Nickel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 1990 South Africa / Ten Cents 1990 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 40,022,469
Ten Cents 1991 South Africa / Ten Cents 1991 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1991 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 65,026,800
Ten Cents 1992 South Africa / Ten Cents 1992 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1992 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 48,025,350
Ten Cents 1993 South Africa / Ten Cents 1993 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1993 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 32,018,692
Ten Cents 1994 South Africa / Ten Cents 1994 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1994 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 142,012,590
Ten Cents 1995 South Africa / Ten Cents 1995 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1995 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 104,014,293
Ten Cents 1996 South Africa / Ten Cents 1996 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1996 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 86,016,503
Ten Cents 1997 South Africa / Ten Cents 1997 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1997 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 136,011,111
Ten Cents 1998 South Africa / Ten Cents 1998 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1998 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 77,007,538
Ten Cents 1999 South Africa / Ten Cents 1999 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 1999 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 55,009,299
Ten Cents 2000 (Old CoA) South Africa / Ten Cents 2000 (Old CoA) - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 2000 (Old CoA) - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 101,011,470
Ten Cents 2000 (New CoA) South Africa / Ten Cents 2000 (New CoA) - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 101,000,000
Ten Cents 2001 South Africa / Ten Cents 2001 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 10,003,678
Ten Cents 2002 South Africa / Ten Cents 2002 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 2002 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 107,003,250
Ten Cents 2003 South Africa / Ten Cents 2003 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 2003 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 2004 South Africa / Ten Cents 2004 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 196,001,935
Ten Cents 2005 South Africa / Ten Cents 2005 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 90,721,944
Ten Cents 2006 South Africa / Ten Cents 2006 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 140,161,637
Ten Cents 2007 South Africa / Ten Cents 2007 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 290,501,280
Ten Cents 2008 South Africa / Ten Cents 2008 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 2008 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 312,961,563
Ten Cents 2009 South Africa / Ten Cents 2009 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 2009 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 310,560,000
Ten Cents 2010 South Africa / Ten Cents 2010 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 2010 - obverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: 270,240,000
Ten Cents 2011 South Africa / Ten Cents 2011 - reverse photo Material: Bronze-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 2012 South Africa / Ten Cents 2012 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 2013 South Africa / Ten Cents 2013 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 2013 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 2014 South Africa / Ten Cents 2014 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 2014 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 2015 South Africa / Ten Cents 2015 - reverse photo South Africa / Ten Cents 2015 - obverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 2016 South Africa / Ten Cents 2016 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 2017 South Africa / Ten Cents 2017 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 2018 South Africa / Ten Cents 2018 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 2019 South Africa / Ten Cents 2019 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
Ten Cents 2020 South Africa / Ten Cents 2020 - reverse photo Material: Copper-plated Steel
Mint: South African Mint
Mintage: unknown
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Ten Cents: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-types Ten Cents, Silver
Ten Cents, Nickel
Ten Cents, Steel
From1961
Face Value10 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
Material
Designer
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size
Mass