Jinnah Colony, Tandlain Wala, Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan
Coin Ten Pence 1970
The British decimal ten pence (10p) coin - often pronounced ten pee - is a unit of currency equalling ten one-hundredths of a pound sterling.
The coin was first issued in 1968 before the currency was decimalised, to circulate in parallel with the florin (two shillings) coin it eventually replaced. Its dimensions were the same as those of the florin, and the florin remained current after 1970, re-denominated as ten new pence.
After a review of the United Kingdom coinage in 1987, the Government announced its intention to issue a smaller 10p coin, which was first issued on 30 September 1992. The original (large) version of the ten pence coin was demonetised in 1993 together with the florin and replaced with a smaller version, which retained the original design by Christopher Ironside.
The large ten pence coins were minted from cupronickel (75% Cu, 25% Ni). Coins issued in 1970 circulated for 23 years before being demonetised in 1993.
Mint Royal Mint Mint Mark No mint mark Total Mintage 133,571,000 (133.6 million), Rarity: C (Common)
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United Kingdom / Ten Pence 1970 - obverse photo
The obverse of the coin shows the crowned and draped young bust of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Second Portrait", by Arnold Machin).
The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Rank-Broadley and the Gottwald portraits.
Around, the monarch's legend and the date of issue: ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1970. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 1970.
Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1970
United Kingdom / Ten Pence 1970 - reverse photo
The original design by Christopher Ironside features a part of the crest of England, a lion passant guardant royally crowned (i.e. a crowned walking lion to left, facing). The numeral value 10 is below the lion and the denomination in words: NEW PENCE is around above.
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