Circulating mintage: 1,750,000
Years of issue:
1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981
In 1968 the 10 New Pence coin entered circulation to replace the florin as part of Britain’s conversion to a system of decimal currency. The public was uncertain about using this new coin to start with, after generations of pounds, shillings and pence, meaning the Decimal Currency Board still needed to reassure suspicious Britons to go decimal. Featured on the reverse was Christopher Ironside’s design, incorporating part of the Crest of England; a lion passant guardant royally crowned. The 2nd portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin is on the obverse.