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26 new quintessentially British 10p coin designs released

26 new quintessentially British 10p coin designs released

Street collectors now have 26 new 10p coin designs to get used to. The new coins each feature a letter of the alphabet and a “quintessentially British” symbol.

These range from cricket and the double decker bus to Greenwich Mean Time, the Union Flag and the tea pot.

The collection also celebrates two anniversaries – ‘N’ is for the National Health Service, formed 70 years ago, and ‘A’ is for Angel of the North, constructed 20 years ago. The coin designs are based on public responses to a consultation last year.

Anne Jessopp, CEO at The said: “These designs were selected because we feel they represent a diverse mix of elements that make up the country we all love. There is a lot to be proud of in the UK – whether it’s at the highest level, our Houses of Parliament representing democracy and freedom of speech, technological advancements such as Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web, or just a good cup of tea, it’s all here in the designs.”

The coins are no doubt collectable but they are also likely to turn up in everyday change. Indeed, the Royal Mint is encouraging the public to hunt out the different coins with its Great British Coin Hunt ‘Quintessentially British’. It even has an app for that.

Great British Coin Hunt collectors folder

Great British Coin Hunt collectors folder. Image: The Royal Mint

Creative uses of the coins

Vendors are already getting creative over the coins, with a Scottish ice cream parlour giving free ice cream for owners of a 10p ‘I’ coin:


There are bound to be some creative uses of these coins for charities and fundraisers.

Any tea-party themed fundraising event, for example, is bound to feature the ‘T’ coin:


Meanwhile here are some creative approaches already adopted:



The new 10p A-Z designs


  • A - Angel of the North
  • B - James Bond
  • C -  Cricket
  • D - Double Decker Bus
  • E - English Breakfast
  • F - Fish & Chips
  • G - Greenwich Mean Time
  • H - Houses of Parliament
  • I - Ice-Cream Cone
  • J - Jubilee
  • K - King Arthur
  • L - Loch Ness Monster
  • M - Mackintosh
  • N - National Health Service
  • O - Oak Tree
  • P - Post Box
  • Q - Queuing
  • R - Robin
  • S - Stonehenge
  • T - Teapot
  • U - Union Flag
  • V - Village
  • W - World Wide Web
  • X - X Marks the Spot
  • Y - Yeoman 
  • Z - Zebra Crossing


Dr Kevin Clancy, Director of the Royal Mint Museum, commented: “This is a departure from the standard way in which The Royal Mint has celebrated what is great about Britain in the past. We have marked great events, celebrated engineers, politicians and of course royalty. This series really drills down into the heartland of what makes Britain British. It’s the granularity of British life
celebrated on the coinage.”


All images of the coins courtesy of The Royal Mint


Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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