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)
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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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
Mass
Ten Pence: Photos
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Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 New Pence, 1969
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Notes: Christopher Ironside reverse, NEW PENCE (1968 - 1981).
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 Pence, 1986
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Notes: Christopher Ironside reverse, TEN PENCE (1982 - 2008).
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Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 Pence, 2008
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Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 New Pence, 1969
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Second Portrait (1968 - 1984).
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 Pence, 1986
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Third Portrait (1985 - 1997).
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Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 Pence, 2008
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Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Fourth Portrait (1998 - 2015).
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A - Angel of the North 2018 UK 10p Coin | The Royal Mint
Copyright: Royal Mint
Notes: Queen Elizabeth II, Fifth Portrait (2015 - present).
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