One of the most interesting coins of the Decimal series is the 10 Pence pieces, especially the old large-sized coins. The first Decimal 10p was introduced in 1968, replacing the two shilling coin in preparation for decimalisation in 1971. It features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin on the obverse. Today you get the small-sized 10 Pence in your change, as this large-sized coin has not been made for over 16 years.
In fact the Royal Mint issued a set of coins for the new Decimalisation which contained three coins dated 1971 and two dated 1968. The 10 Pence and the 5 Pence were dated 1968 as they had an exact decimal equivalent. This older large sized 10 Pence was dated and issued in1968, three years before the coins were going to be issued. The set was to train people in the new decimal coinage. This 10 Pence is in Brilliant Uncirculated condition and a lot of collectors are missing it from their collections.
The Old large sized 10 Pence was struck from 1968-1992, but it was only struck in Proof condition from 1971-1992. Please remember that over the years these coins will have mellowed a little, but we always send you the best example that we have in stock. The Ten Pence is the most collected coin and difficult to get in many cases. Here We present the 1979 10 Pence with the Machin Bust.
The 1984 Halfpence, Two Pence, Five Pence, Ten Pence and Fifty Pence were not struck for circulation. The only way to get one of these coins is to buy a Mint Set or Proof Set and break it up. They only made 158,820 of the Mint Set with the coins in Specimen Brilliant Uncirculated condition. That makes these coins some of the lowest mintage coins around. Offered here is the Ten Pence in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
You may remember in 1992 the Royal Mint greatly reduced the size of our 10 Pence coins. They also issued this Piedfort or double the normal thickness 10 Pence in Sterling Silver. They only made 14,167 of these Silver Piedfort 1992 small size 10 Pences.
In 1996 the Royal Mint did something they had never done before. They issued a Proof Set of the then current 1996 coins but, every coin was struck in Proof Sterling Silver. Here we present the 1996 10p In Sterling Silver.
This Sterling Silver Proof version of the 10 Pence piece was struck for collectors in 2000, at the turn of the Millennium. This 10 Pence is struck in Proof Sterling Silver and would make an excellent addition to your collection. Re-live the Millennium with this most unusual coin.