Ten Cents, Steel, Coin Type from South Africa - detailed information

Ten Cents, Steel, Coin Type from South Africa (issued 1990 - )
Coin TypeTen Cents, Steel

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(abbreviated as 10c) is currently the smallest circulating coin of the Rand currency - after the 5c denomination was withdrawn in 2012.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. With the Third Decimal Series this was changed to a smaller bronze-plated steel version in 1990; in 2012 the plating on the 10c coin was changed from bronze to copper, giving it a reddish appearance.

The obverse 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 initially bilingual, then one language only. An annual rotation of the language of the legend was instituted after 2001, with one of the eleven official languages of the country displayed each year.

Obverse

Within a nine-sided rim, the obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre. Below that on the left side, the initials of the engraver: ALS (for Arthur Sutherland).

Around left, the name of the country in Afrikaans: SUID-AFRIKA; around right, the name in English: SOUTH AFRICA.

Below, the date of issue: [year].

Obverse Inscription SUID-AFRIKA * SUID-AFRIKA [year]
Reverse

Within a nine-sided rim, the reverse of the coin 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

About the design, the South African Mint says:
"The Arum Lily (Zantedeschia Aethiopica) is a distinguished South African flower. It originally appeared on the 50c coin from 1965 to 1989, as part of South Africa’s second decimal series. In 1989 the third decimal coin series was introduced and the Arum Lily was selected for the 10c coin. The design was developed from the original artwork by Cynthna Letty. The Arum Lily is also known as the white calla lily, aronskelk or varkblom (pig lily). The latter name is due to the fact that the plant’s nutritious rootstock is favoured by pigs and to some extent by porcupines. The plant is also used medicinally in various ways. The white Arum Lily can be evergreen or deciduous, depending on how much water is gets. The spathe (flower) varies in colour from white to cream and a green and white variation is also found in semi shaded areas."

Coin Type: Ten Cents, Steel - (32) Coins
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Ten Cents 1990 40,022,469 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SUID-AFRIKA 1990
Ten Cents 1991 65,026,800 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SUID-AFRIKA 1991
Ten Cents 1992 48,025,350 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SUID-AFRIKA 1992
Ten Cents 1993 32,018,692 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SUID-AFRIKA 1993
Ten Cents 1994 142,012,590 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SUID-AFRIKA 1994
Ten Cents 1995 104,014,293 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SUID-AFRIKA * SUID-AFRIKA 1995
Ten Cents 1996 86,016,503 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA 1996
Ten Cents 1997 136,011,111 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA 1997
Ten Cents 1998 77,007,538 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA 1998
Ten Cents 1999 55,009,299 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA 1999
Ten Cents 2000 (Old CoA) 101,011,470 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA 2000
Ten Cents 2000 (New CoA) 101,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2000
Ten Cents 2001 10,003,678 Coat of Arms of South Africa SOUTH AFRICA 2001
Ten Cents 2002 107,003,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa AFRIKA-DZONGA 2002
Ten Cents 2003 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2003
Ten Cents 2004 196,001,935 Coat of Arms of South Africa Aforika Borwa 2004
Ten Cents 2005 90,721,944 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa 2005
Ten Cents 2006 140,161,637 Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika 2006
Ten Cents 2007 290,501,280 Coat of Arms of South Africa uMzantsi Afrika 2007
Ten Cents 2008 312,961,563 Coat of Arms of South Africa iNingizimu Afrika 2008
Ten Cents 2009 310,560,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa iSewula Afrika 2009
Ten Cents 2010 270,240,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2010
Ten Cents 2011 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Ningizimu Afrika 2011
Ten Cents 2012 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa iSewula Afrika 2012
Ten Cents 2013 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afurika Tshipembe 2013
Ten Cents 2014 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Ningizimu Afrika 2014
Ten Cents 2015 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika-Dzonga 2015
Ten Cents 2016 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2016
Ten Cents 2017 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Aforika Borwa 2017
Ten Cents 2018 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Afrika Borwa 2018
Ten Cents 2019 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa Suid-Afrika 2019
Ten Cents 2020 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa South Africa 2020
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Ten Cents, Steel: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Sub-type ofTen Cents
From1990
Face Value10 (x Cent)
CurrentYes
MaterialCopper-plated Steel
DesignerRobert Campbell McFarlane, Arthur Sutherland
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size16.000 mm
Thickness1.500 mm
Mass2.000 g
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