Ten Pence 2019 U - Union Flag, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Ten Pence 2019 U - Union Flag, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTen Pence 2019 U - Union Flag

The British decimal ten pence (10p) coin - often pronounced ten pee - is a unit of currency equalling ten one-hundredths of a pound sterling. These circulating coins went through a few transformations; initially, they were large (equivalent to the pre-decimal two shilling (florin) coin) and featured a crowned lion reverse; in 1992 this was changed to a smaller 10p coin, retaining the same design.

In 2008 though the reverse was changed to Matthew Dent's design; 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 being featured on the £1 coin, which was discontinued in 2017).

Starting from 2012, the 10p coin was changed from cupro-nickel to nickel-plated steel.

During all this time, the denomination was only used to issue regular circulating coins. In 2018 however, the Royal Mint made history by starting a "coin hunt" when it issued the 10p A-Z Collection - a series of circulating commemorative coins, each featuring a letter of the alphabet and a British Heritage symbol with a name starting with that letter. The series is also remarkable in that the value of the coin is, for the first time in the history of the denomination, displayed on the obverse.

Due to their very low mintage, these are avidly collected by the public and do not, strictly speaking, circulate in any realistic manner.

The 10p A-Z Collection consists of the following 10p coins (issued in 2018 initially, then again in 2019):
A - Angel of the North (also in 2018),
B - Bond... James Bond (also in 2018),
C - Cricket (also in 2018),
D - Double Decker Bus (also in 2018),
E - English Breakfast (also in 2018),
F - Fish and Chips (also in 2018),
G - Greenwich Mean Time (also in 2018),
H - Houses of Parliament (also in 2018),
I - Ice Cream (also in 2018),
J - Jubilee (also in 2018),
K - King Arthur (also in 2018),
L - Loch Ness (also in 2018),
M - Mackintosh (also in 2018),
N - NHS (also in 2018),
O - Oak Tree (also in 2018),
P - Postbox (also in 2018),
Q - Queuing (also in 2018),
R - Robin (also in 2018),
S - Stonehenge (also in 2018),
T - Tea (also in 2018),
U - Union Flag (also in 2018),
V - Villages (also in 2018),
W - World Wide Web (also in 2018),
X - X Marks the Spot (also in 2018),
Y - Yeoman Warder (also in 2018),
Z - Zebra Crossing (also in 2018).

The 10p coin is legal tender for amounts up to £5.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage84,000
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Ten Pence 2019 U - Union Flag - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend, followed by the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · F · D · TEN PENCE · 2019 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Ten Pence 2019 U - Union Flag - reverse photo

A representation of the Union Flag; superimposed on it to the left, a large letter U. Value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription U
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Notes

An iconic piece of Britain, the Union Flag, often known as the Union Jack, is the national flag of the United Kingdom.

Symbolising the union of countries which make up the United Kingdom, the flag combines the three national flags of England, Scotland and Ireland. The red cross of St George, the white saltire on St Andrew and the red saltire of St Patrick, came together in 1801 to create the iconic Union Flag we see today.

Nowadays, you can spot the flag reigning high in many places, including at Buckingham Palace when the Queen is not in residence.

Ten Pence 2019 U - Union Flag: Known varieties
Variety Early Strike Uncirculated
Images United Kingdom / Ten Pence 2019 U - Union Flag / Early Strike Uncirculated - obverse photo United Kingdom / Ten Pence 2019 U - Union Flag / Early Strike Uncirculated - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Sold by the Royal Mint in individual plastic bags.

Ten Pence 2019 U - Union Flag: References to Information Used
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Ten Pence 2019 U - Union Flag: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTen Pence Circulating Commemorative
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value10 (x Penny)
Total Mintage84,000
CurrentYes
MaterialNickel-plated steel
DesignerRoyal Mint
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size20.500 mm
Thickness1.580 mm
Mass3.300 g
OCC IDRNAZ-EGWC-VAVJ-EXJL
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