Ten Pence (Dent design, CuproNickel), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Ten Pence (Dent design, CuproNickel), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 2008 - 2011)
Coin TypeTen Pence (Dent design, CuproNickel)

The ten pence coin is a small circulating denomination of the British (decimal) Pound Sterling.

In August 2005 the Royal Mint launched a competition to find new reverse designs for all circulating coins apart from the £2 coin. The winner, announced in April 2008, was Matthew Dent, whose designs were gradually introduced into the circulating British coinage from mid-2008. In a world-first concept, the designs for the 1p, 2p, 5p, 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 new 10p coin design, which replaced the earlier 10p design by Christopher Ironside, depicts the first quarter of the shield, showing the lions passant from the Royal Banner of England, with the words TEN PENCE above the shield design. The coin's obverse remains largely unchanged, but the beading (the ring of dots around the coin's circumference), which no longer features on the coin's reverse, has also been removed from the obverse.

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.

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 (Dent design, CuproNickel) - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · [year]. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith [year].

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · [year]
Reverse
United Kingdom / Ten Pence (Dent design, CuproNickel) - reverse photo

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, with the value and denomination TEN PENCE around above the shield design.

Reverse Inscription TEN PENCE
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
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Ten Pence (Dent design, CuproNickel): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofTen Pence
From2008
To2011
Face Value10 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size24.500 mm
Thickness1.850 mm
Mass6.500 g
Ten Pence (Dent design, CuproNickel): Photos
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Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 Pence, 2008
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Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 10 Pence, 2008
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