Ten Cents 1970, Coin from South Africa - detailed information

Ten Cents 1970, Coin from South Africa (withdrawn 1990)
CoinTen Cents 1970

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(abbreviated as 10c) is currently the smallest circulating coin of the Rand currency - after the 5c denomination was withdrawn in 2012.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.

The obverse showed a portrait of Jan van Riebeeck until 1969, with the legend in one language only - either English or Afrikaans, with both versions issued every year. It was then changed to have the Coat of Arms of South Africa, with a bilingual legend. Apart from the regular designs, there were also four commemorative issues with different obverses.

The denomination changed to a smaller bronze-plated steel version in 1990. Thus, 10 cent coins issued in 1970 circulated for 20 years until they were replaced with the steel version.

MintSouth African Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage7,608,000 (7.6 million)
Obverse
South Africa / Ten Cents 1970 - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin displays the Coat of Arms of South Africa at its centre, as granted to the Union of South Africa by King George V and later amended by the British College of Arms. It contains representation of the four provinces within the Union.

The Coat of Arms features a shield quartered, each quarter a symbol of one of the four provinces of South Africa. An ox wagon represents Transvaal Province, a woman with an anchor represents Cape Province, two wildebeests represent Natal Province and an orange tree represents the Orange Free State Province. The crest of the arms features a lion holding four bound sticks. The supporters are a springbok and a gemsbok. Below the arms, the Latin motto, EX UNITATE VIRES (translated at first as "Union Is Strength", but from 1961 translated as "Unity Is Strength").

Around left, the name of the country in English: SOUTH AFRICA; around right, the name in Afrikaans: SUID-AFRIKA.

Below, the date of issue: * 1970 *.

Below the Coat of Arms on the right side, in small letters the initials of the designer T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

Obverse Inscription SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1970 *
Reverse
South Africa / Ten Cents 1970 - reverse photo

The reverse depicts an aloe plant (Aloe succotrina, or Fynbos aloe). Above, the numeral value 10 (Ten Cents).

At the base of the plant on the left side, the initials of the designer T.S. (for Tommy Sasseen).

Reverse Inscription 10
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Ten Cents 1970: Known varieties
Variety Proof
Mintage Issued: 10,000 (included in total)
All (66) Coins of Country: South Africa, Type: Ten Cents
Coin NameMintageSymbolLegend
Ten Cents 1961 1,143,530 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *
Ten Cents 1962 2,450,844 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *
Ten Cents 1963 3,331,025 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *
Ten Cents 1964 4,168,999 Jan van Riebeeck (facing) EENDRAG MAAK MAG * UNITY IS STRENGTH *
Ten Cents 1965 (English) 29,210,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1965
Ten Cents 1965 (Afrikaans) 29,235,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1965
Ten Cents 1966 (English) 3,710,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1966
Ten Cents 1966 (Afrikaans) 3,685,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1966
Ten Cents 1967 (English) 75,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1967
Ten Cents 1967 (Afrikaans) 50,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1967
Ten Cents 1968 Swart (English) 50,000 SOUTH AFRICA 1968
Ten Cents 1968 Swart (Afrikaans) 75,000 SUID-AFRIKA 1968
Ten Cents 1969 (English) 570,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SOUTH AFRICA 1969
Ten Cents 1969 (Afrikaans) 558,000 Jan van Riebeeck (right) SUID-AFRIKA 1969
Ten Cents 1970 7,608,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1970 *
Ten Cents 1971 6,452,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1971 *
Ten Cents 1972 10,038,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1972 *
Ten Cents 1973 1,771,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1973 *
Ten Cents 1974 9,912,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1974 *
Ten Cents 1975 13,000,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1975 *
Ten Cents 1976 Fouché 31,007,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA * 1976 *
Ten Cents 1977 28,870,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1977 *
Ten Cents 1978 25,027,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1978 *
Ten Cents 1979 Diederichs 5,059,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA * 1979 *
Ten Cents 1980 5,055,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1980 *
Ten Cents 1981 9,614,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1981 *
Ten Cents 1982 Vorster 15,818,000 SOUTH AFRICA SUID-AFRIKA * 1982 *
Ten Cents 1983 26,509,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1983 *
Ten Cents 1984 35,476,000 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1984 *
Ten Cents 1985 29,279,859 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1985 *
Ten Cents 1986 24,487,100 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1986 *
Ten Cents 1987 43,240,781 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1987 *
Ten Cents 1988 48,274,250 Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1988 *
Ten Cents 1989 unknown Coat of Arms of South Africa, 1910 SOUTH AFRICA * SUID-AFRIKA * 1989 *
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
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Ten Cents 1970: Details
CountrySouth Africa
CurrencyRand
Coin TypeTen Cents, Nickel
Issued1970
SymbolCoat of Arms of South Africa, 1910
Face Value10 (x Cent)
Circulation Mintage7,598,000 (7.6 million)
Total Mintage7,608,000 (7.6 million)
CurrentNo; withdrawn 1990
MaterialNickel
DesignerTommy Sasseen
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)20.7000
Thickness (mm)1.7000
Mass (g)4
OCC IDNXYD-ENZC-PNWZ-EVRB
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