The Ten Euro Cents coin (€0.10) has a value of one tenth of a Euro and is composed of an alloy called Nordic Gold (89% copper, 5% aluminium, 5% zinc, and 1% tin). Like all other common circulation coins (from 1 cent to €2), the denomination is issued by the separate countries in the Eurozone and is legal tender in all of them, irrespective of which country has issued it. The denomination was introduced in 2002, when Austria retired the Austrian Schilling currency and introduced the Euro.
The coins have a common reverse designed by Luc Luycx in 1999 which showed a map of the European Union; it was changed in 2007 to reflect the enlargement of the Union, and later coins show all of western Europe. Each country has its own national obverse. The Austrian obverse was designed by Josef Kaiser. and features Saint Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna (in German: Stephansdom), the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna and the seat of the Archbishop of Vienna; it is the epitome of Viennese Gothic architecture and was dates back to 1160.
Austrian Ten Euro Cent coins issued in 2003 have now been in circulation for 20 years.
At centre, the obverse of the coin shows Saint Stephen's Cathedral, the mother church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna. Above left in the inner circle, the value and denomination: 10 EURO CENT, below which the flag of Austria with "heraldic hatching" (thin vertical lines) indicating its colours: red-white-red.
Around right in the inner circle, the date of issue: 2003.
In the outer ring, the twelve stars of the European Union (representing the twelve original member states).
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The reverse of the coin shows on the left a representation of a map of Europe, with each European Union member country shown separately.
Behind the map, six vertical lines connect the twelve stars of Europe - six around above left, and six around below left.
On the right, a large numeral value: 10, below which on two lines the denomination EURO CENT.
The designer's monogram LL (for Luc Luycx) is below right.
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No circulation mintage was planned for 10 Euro Cent coins this year. Some were struck for the annual mint sets; however, because the Austrian Mint struck more coins that were required for the sets, the remaining 15,000 were released of circulation.