Ten Pence, Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Ten Pence, Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1968 - )
Coin TypeTen Pence

The British decimal ten pence (10p) coin - often pronounced ten pee - is a unit of currency equaling ten one-hundredths of a pound sterling. Its obverse has featured the profile of Queen Elizabeth II since the coin’s introduction in 1968. Four different portraits of the Queen have been used on the coin, with the latest design by Jody Clark being introduced in 2015. The second and current reverse, featuring a segment of the Royal Shield, was introduced in 2008.

The coin was first issued in 1968 before the currency was decimalised, to circulate in parallel with the florin (two shillings) coin it eventually replaced. Its dimensions were the same as those of the florin, and the florin remained current after 1970, re-denominated as ten new pence. In 1993, this original (large) version of the ten pence coin was demonetised together with the florin and replaced with a smaller version, which retained the original design by Christopher Ironside. The reverse design was changed to the current version by Matthew Dent in 2008; coins of the old design are still current and circulate together with the new ones.

The ten pence coin was originally minted from cupronickel (75% Cu, 25% Ni), but since 2012 it has been minted in nickel-plated steel due to the increasing price of metal. From January 2013, the Royal Mint began a programme to gradually remove the previous cupro-nickel coins from circulation with replacement by the nickel-plated steel versions. This will have the side effect of leaving only one circulating reverse and observe combination.

Unlike the smaller denominations, the ten pence denomination has also been used to issue circulating commemorative coins, starting in 2018.

Five pence and ten pence coins are legal tender only up to the sum of £5; this means it is permissible to refuse payment of sums greater than this amount in 5p and 10p coins to settle a debt.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Ten Pence - obverse photo

Effigy of the ruling British monarch, legend (in Latin), date.

Obverse Inscription Legend of the ruling British monarch, date
Reverse
United Kingdom / Ten Pence - reverse photo

There have been two reverse designs of the ten pence coin.

The original design by Christopher Ironside featured a part of the crest of England, formally lion passant guardant royally crowned (i.e. a crowned walking lion to left, facing). The numeral value 10 below the lion, and either NEW PENCE (1968 - 1981) or TEN PENCE (1982 - 2008) around above.

This was superseded in 2008 by a new design by Matthew Dent. In a world-first concept, the designs for the 1p, 2p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins depict sections of the Royal Shield that form the whole shield when placed together. The shield in its entirety is featured on the £1 coin.

The ten pence coin depicts 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. The value and denomination TEN PENCE are around above the shield design.

Reverse Inscription 10 NEW PENCE (1971 - 1981), 10 TEN PENCE (1982 - 2008), TEN PENCE (2008 - present)
EdgeEdge Inscription
All (108) Coins of Type: Ten Pence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Ten Pence 1968 336,143,250 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1968
Ten Pence 1969 314,008,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1969
Ten Pence 1970 133,571,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1970
Ten Pence 1971 63,555,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1971
Ten Pence 1972 (Proof only) 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1972
Ten Pence 1973 152,274,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1973
Ten Pence 1974 92,841,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1974
Ten Pence 1975 181,659,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1975
Ten Pence 1976 228,320,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1976
Ten Pence 1977 59,516,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1977
Ten Pence 1978 (Proof only) 86,100 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1978
Ten Pence 1979 115,538,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1979
Ten Pence 1980 88,793,400 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1980
Ten Pence 1981 3,587,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1981
Ten Pence 1982 (mint sets only) 311,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1982
Ten Pence 1983 (mint sets only) 744,900 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
Ten Pence 1984 (mint sets only) 265,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1984
Ten Pence 1985 (mint sets only) 280,390 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1985
Ten Pence 1986 (mint sets only) 271,821 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1986
Ten Pence 1987 (mint sets only) 261,084 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1987
Ten Pence 1988 (mint sets only) 213,381 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
Ten Pence 1989 (mint sets only) 163,273 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1989
Ten Pence 1990 (mint sets only) 181,658 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
Ten Pence 1991 (mint sets only) 130,119 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1991
Ten Pence 1992 (Large, mint sets only) 140,747 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
Ten Pence 1992 (Small) 1,413,595,917 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
Ten Pence 1993 (mint sets only) 123,025 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
Ten Pence 1994 (mint sets only) 244,692 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1994
Ten Pence 1995 43,425,286 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1995
Ten Pence 1996 118,892,082 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1996
Ten Pence 1997 99,386,305 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Ten Pence 1998 (mint sets only) 159,862 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Ten Pence 1999 (mint sets only) 216,840 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Ten Pence 2000 134,923,219 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Ten Pence 2001 129,388,113 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Ten Pence 2002 81,055,309 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2002
Ten Pence 2003 88,274,512 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
Ten Pence 2004 99,721,637 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
Ten Pence 2005 69,726,263 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
Ten Pence 2006 118,940,798 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Ten Pence 2007 72,850,093 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
Ten Pence 2008 (Ironside design) 9,892,577 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Ten Pence 2008 (Dent design) 71,567,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Ten Pence 2009 84,500,770 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Ten Pence 2010 96,690,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Ten Pence 2011 59,688,831 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Ten Pence 2012 11,703,832 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Ten Pence 2013 320,247,687 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
Ten Pence 2014 490,244,614 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Ten Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 119,045,762 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
Ten Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 91,925,285 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Ten Pence 2016 135,428,830 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Ten Pence 2017 33,300,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Ten Pence 2018 (mint sets only) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 A - Angel of the North 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 B - Bond... James Bond 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 C - Cricket 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 D - Double Decker Bus 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 E - English Breakfast 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 F - Fish and Chips 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 G - Greenwich Mean Time 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 H - Houses of Parliament 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 I - Ice Cream 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 J - Jubilee 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 K - King Arthur 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 L - Loch Ness 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 M - Mackintosh 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 N - NHS 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 O - Oak Tree 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 P - Postbox 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 Q - Queuing 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 R - Robin 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 S - Stonehenge 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 T - Tea 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 U - Union Flag 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 V - Villages 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 W - World Wide Web 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 X - X Marks the Spot 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 Y - Yeoman Warder 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2018 Z - Zebra Crossing 220,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2018 ·
Ten Pence 2019 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 A - Angel of the North unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 B - Bond... James Bond unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 C - Cricket unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 D - Double Decker Bus unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 E - English Breakfast unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 F - Fish and Chips unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 G - Greenwich Mean Time unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 H - Houses of Parliament unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 I - Ice Cream unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 J - Jubilee unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 K - King Arthur unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 L - Loch Ness unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 M - Mackintosh unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 N - NHS unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 O - Oak Tree unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 P - Postbox unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 Q - Queuing unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 R - Robin unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 S - Stonehenge unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 T - Tea unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 U - Union Flag unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 V - Villages unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 W - World Wide Web unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 X - X Marks the Spot unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 Y - Yeoman Warder unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2019 Z - Zebra Crossing unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Ten Pence 2020 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
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Ten Pence: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-types Ten Pence (Large)
Ten Pence (Small, Ironside design)
Ten Pence (Dent design, CuproNickel)
Ten Pence (Dent design, Steel)
Ten Pence Circulating Commemorative
From1968
Face Value10 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
Material
DesignerChristopher Ironside, Matthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)
Mass (g)
Ten Pence: Photos
ImageDetails
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 New Pence, 1969
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Christopher Ironside reverse, NEW PENCE (1968 - 1981).
Source
Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 Pence, 1986
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Christopher Ironside reverse, TEN PENCE (1982 - 2008).
Source
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 Pence, 2008
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Source
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 New Pence, 1969
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Second Portrait (1968 - 1984).
Source
Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 Pence, 1986
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Third Portrait (1985 - 1997).
Source
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 Pence, 2008
Copyright: NumisCorner.com
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Fourth Portrait (1998 - 2015).
Source
A - Angel of the North 2018 UK 10p Coin | The Royal Mint
Copyright: Royal Mint
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Fifth Portrait (2015 - present).
Source