First Issued Smaller version - September 1992
(Larger version introduced in 1968, demonetised in 1993)
Specifications (Since 1992)
Diameter 24.5mm
Weight 6.5g
Thickness 1.85mm
Composition Nickel-plated steel (since January 2012)

Cupro-nickel (prior to January 2012)
(75% copper, 25% nickel)
Obverse Designers Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1992-1997 - Raphael Maklouf
1998 to date - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Reverse
Designers
1968-2008 - Christopher Ironside
2008 - Matthew Dent
Edge Milled
Mintage  320,200,750* 

Background Information

With the introduction of the decimal coinage in 1971 the pre-decimal two shilling coin was redenominated as a 10p piece and these two shilling coins continued to circulate alongside the 10p coins until 1993.

After a review of the United Kingdom coinage in 1987, the Government announced its intention to issue a smaller 10p coin.

The smaller coin was issued on 30 September 1992 and as at 31 December 2005 there were an estimated 1,587 million 10p coins in circulation.

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

*Mintage figure based on UK decimal coins issued into general circulation during from 01/04/13 to 31/03/14