10p Coin Designs and Specifications


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

1992-1997 - Raphael Maklouf
1998-2015 - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
2015-2022 - Jody Clark
2022 to date - Martin Jennings 


1968-2008 - Christopher Ironside
2008-2022 - Matthew Dent
2022 to date - The Royal Mint

Edge Milled

Background Information

With the introduction of decimal coinage in 1971, the pre-decimal two shilling coin was re-denominated as a 10p piece and these 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 30th September 1992 and, as of 31st December 2005, there were an estimated 1,587 million 10p coins in circulation.

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

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