The UK’s most popular A-Z 10p coin revealed…

The new A-Z 10p coins have proved some of the hardest coins to find in your change. Whilst that will hopefully become easier as more are gradually released into circulation over the coming months, we’ve taken a first look at which are the most popular with collectors.

There’s not enough data yet to publish a full scarcity index but we have crunched the numbers based on Change Checker’s top swap requests – and here are the winners.

1. A – Angel of the North
2. E – English Breakfast
3. L – Loch Ness


The Top 3 coins most requested to swap.


Further releases expected…

Initially, a limited stock of 2.6 million A-Z 10p coins were released into circulation through the Post Office network to coincide with the release of the designs in March. It has been no surprise that these have been quickly snapped up by eagle-eyed change collectors.

However, don’t despair if you haven’t found any of the A-Z 10p coins yet. More are expected to be released into circulation as and when there is demand for more circulating 10p coins. This is something that’s managed between Treasury (and not the Royal Mint) and the large cash processors, including the Post Office, some banks, as well as private operators (find out more in our “When will I find and A to Z 10p in my change” blog).

In addition, there have been a number of limited releases, including “T” at Betty’s Tea Rooms, “F” in 20 of the UK’s top chippies and “B” at the Bond in Motion exhibition – as well as our own Change Checker Live 10p Lucky Dips, with more of our live events coming up on the 8th of September in Croydon and the 20th of October in Bristol.

Don’t worry, though, as soon as we hear any more news about more the A-Z 10p coins entering circulation, Change Checkers will be the very first to know.

In the meantime, you can view the full A-Z 10p Swap Index below for your guide as to which letters have proved most popular with collectors.


* Compiled from Change Checker App data and accurate as of 15/06/18.

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  1. Paul on July 18, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Found my first new 10p this morning a T 10p

  2. Ellie Bowen on July 5, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    There really is a need for more of these coins to be issued. When they were first issued I (optimistcally) gave a young person £25 in 10p’s so that they could find some A-Z 10p’s – not even one was found, so I promised to find some, and I searched through over £1000 worth of 10p’s from the Post Office and swapped online to get one complete set. However, I have yet to meet anyone who has found some in their change! Issue more, so people without the time to look through bags of coins can have the pleasure of coming across some!

    • Rachel Hooper on July 5, 2018 at 1:23 pm

      Hi Ellie, it sounds as though you’ve worked really hard to complete the set for that young person and it is a shame that they aren’t more easily found in circulation at the moment. Whilst 2.6 million coins were released, they are still proving tricky to find, but we are very hopeful that The Royal Mint will release more this year and into next. Thanks, Rachel

  3. Dan Welsh on June 24, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    I would really like change checker plus cards produced for my circulated coins I have complete sets of nearly all coins and would like to present them this way

    • mike fitzhenry on July 17, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      there is a case set ive seen on ebay recently for a fiver, i bought a few of these and gave out to the kids with change in my pocket forming the shield .. great idea … search on ebay for royal shield of arms case

  4. Steve on June 24, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Very few are actually in circulation as post office staff have hoarded them and selling on eBay for personal profit. Both the royal mint and post office have no interest in fixing this situation.

    • Rachel Hooper on June 25, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      Hi Steve, unfortunately there’s nothing The Royal Mint can do about this, but it does seem very frustrating that the coins don’t seem to be reaching the general public very easily and there is an impression that people handling change on a daily basis may be holding onto these coins for themselves which is a shame. Hopefully they will find their way into our pockets soon!

  5. Norman Woodfin on June 24, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    How or where can I swap the mint condition lettered 10p coins that I have ????
    Contact details etc would be great !!!!
    I need a few coins inorder to complete nearly eight or nine sets !!!!

    • Rachel Hooper on June 25, 2018 at 2:26 pm

      Hi Norman. The Change Checker app swap site is the best place to swap coins with others, although we can’t guarantee mint quality, so you would have to check with the person you are swapping with –

  6. Tony hartstean on June 24, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    I really enjoyed collecting the 50p £2 and £1 coins. Unfortunately its become more of a business. A small minority of people seem to have accumulated most if the coins. Not sure how.
    I have yet to see a new 10p coin. Think its all become a victim if its own success.

  7. David on June 24, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Is there any plan to bring the live coin swaps and 10p lucky dips etc to a national audience (i.e. to Scotland) as supposed to selective area’s only.

    • Rachel Hooper on June 25, 2018 at 2:24 pm

      Hi David, we will be visiting 2 more UK locations this year but unfortunately can’t visit the whole of the UK or else we would never be in the office! We hope to see you at one of our future live events. Thanks, Rachel