Ten Pence 2020, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Ten Pence 2020, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTen Pence 2020

The ten pence coin is a small circulating denomination of the British (decimal) Pound Sterling. 10 pence equal one tenth of a pound.

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 was featured on the £1 coin (now discontinued).

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, but in January 2012 it changed to 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.

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.

Coins issued in 2020 have now been circulating for only two years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage45,347,846 (45.3 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Ten Pence 2020 - 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 (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Ten Pence 2020 - 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
Ten Pence 2020: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
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Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coins in Royal Mint sets.

In Sets 2020 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set - The 2020 Collection, mintage unknown
13 coins: £5 King George III, £2 Britannia, £2 Agatha Christie, £2 VE Day, £2 Mayflower, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Team GB, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

2020 United Kingdom Definitive Coin Set - The Definitive Coins of 2020, mintage unknown
8 coins: £2 Britannia, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: Hello Little One 2020 Baby Journal, mintage unknown (not included in the above set)
Variety Proof FDC
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Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Proof FDC coins in Royal Mint sets.

In Set The 2020 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage unknown
13 coins: £5 King George III, £2 Britannia, £2 Agatha Christie, £2 VE Day, £2 Mayflower, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Team GB, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2020 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
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Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
Details

24.50 mm, 6.50 g sterling silver.

In Set The 2020 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 500
13 coins: £5 King George III, £2 Britannia, £2 Agatha Christie, £2 VE Day, £2 Mayflower, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Team GB, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Ten Pence 2020: References to Information Used
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Ten Pence 2020: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTen Pence (Dent design, Steel)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value10 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage45,347,846 (45.3 million)
Total Mintage45,347,846 (45.3 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialNickel-plated Steel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size24.500 mm
Thickness2.050 mm
Mass6.500 g
OCC IDMXKD-OKQC-JQWX-OWQJ
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Ten Pence 2020: Photos
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10p 2020 Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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10p 2020 Proof Coin
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Notes: Proof.
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10p 2020 Brilliant Uncirculated
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Ten Pence 2020: Catalogue Reference IDs