|Coin Type||Ten 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(abbreviated as 10c) is currently the smallest circulating coin of the Rand currency - after the 5c denomination was withdrawn in 2012.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 (copper-plated after 2008).
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.
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]|
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|
The coins were bronze-plated steel until 2008, then after 2009 copper-plated steel.
About the design, the South African Mint says:
|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|