2.1 Million A-Z 10p coins re-issued for 2019

There’s been some exciting news for 10p coin hunters today, as The Royal Mint has announced that 2.1 million new 2019 dated A-Z of Great Britain 10p coins will be released into circulation from today.

Since the initial surprise release of 2.6 million quintessentially British themed 10p coins back in March 2018, the British public have been head over heels for these wonderful little coins and yet, despite another 2.6 million A-Z 10ps entering circulation last year, they still remain incredibly hard to come across in your everyday change.

In fact, a question I’m asked most days by Change Checkers is ‘Where are all the A-Z 10ps?’

We’ve even held our own Change Checker live events to help collectors kick start their collection, as the coins are proving so hard to find.

Whilst there are 5.2 million A-Z 10p coins in circulation, we can assume that there are 200,000 coins per design, which actually makes each individual coin rarer than the UK’s scarcest 50p, the Kew Gardens.

However, we have noticed more Change Checkers adding these coins to their collection, and based on this data we’ve been able to put together an A-Z 10p Scarcity Index to show you which coins are currently most sought-after.

Now that The Royal Mint will be releasing a further 2.1 million coins in to circulation, chances are that more collectors are likely to come across these coins

I for one am certainly incredibly excited about the chance to find these coins in my change and build up the whole collection from A-Z and there will of course be collectors looking to complete a set of both year dates.

Have you found any of the 2018 A-Z 10p coins, and will you be looking out for the new 2019 coins? Let us know in the comments below!


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  1. Neil on March 19, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    I have got all the 2018 set as where I work I had loads in the tills. It took me a few weeks to a month to complete my set. Some customers ask if I have seen any new 10p coins but I haven’t seen any at all

    • Rachel Hooper on March 25, 2019 at 9:35 am

      Great work, well done Neil! Those 10ps really are hard to find though aren’t they?! Fingers crossed you find some soon.

  2. James Brooker on March 11, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    I managed to fine “B” today giving me TWO in total. Already have “G”

  3. Donna pointon on March 5, 2019 at 8:03 am

    Why are people getting so het up about the lack of these coins ?
    being a coin collecter is ment to be fun and what’s great is the history that comes with each coin that you don’t find straight away no One is forced to pay £55 to own a set just have to be patient that’s all
    I’d like a set of nice uncirculated coins but can’t even afford a change checker album being a single mum of four and I work but the joy comes with the excitement my kids have when we find a coin with something really special on it
    So please stop your moaning and enjoy the hunt

    • Rachel Hooper on March 5, 2019 at 9:15 am

      That’s a great way to look at it Donna. Nothing compares to the thrill of finding a coin in your change and it’s great to hear that your kids love it too! Happy collecting!

    • James Brooker on March 11, 2019 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Donna

      I know where a lot of the A – Z s have went to. A guy on one of the coin swap)selling sites was making them into KEY CHAINS. What chance do us poor collectors have when somebody does this. Posted a nasty comment to him but he just shrugged me off.

  4. Jim on February 28, 2019 at 11:45 am

    It’s great that the A-Z 10p’s are being re-issued for 2019, but only 2.1 million! A tiny mintage meaning less than 100,000 per letter, let’s hope more later in the year to give us a realistic chance of finding one. I agree with the comments posted below by Graham and Mervyn, seems that the mint are over-producing for pure profit, I don’t mind a nice pristine packaged coin for sale at a premium, but surely there should be a real circulating counterpart available, else it’s not really a coin is it (the continuous stream of £5 and now the Snowman and Gruffalo 50p, only available to collectors).

  5. Jon Reid on February 28, 2019 at 6:32 am

    I have the R 10p that I got in some change but haven’t seen anymore since.

  6. Mandy on February 27, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I have a Stonehenge ten pence piece from the above list, but also have lots of other collectible coins recently come to me in change.

  7. Rob on February 27, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    I get to handle quite a lot of change, and I also sometimes get £5 bags of 10p’s to sort through, and I’ve only ever found one alphabet coin (J for Jubilee). I even scour the ‘falls’ machines in local amusement arcades (I live by the seaside) and in the past 12 months have only seen one alphabet coin, which sadly was in an unplayable position!

    • Rachel Hooper on February 28, 2019 at 10:18 am

      Hopefully you’ll be able to find more now that another 2.1 million have been released. I see the coins at work all the time but haven’t come across a single one out and about yet…

  8. Chris Turnbull on February 27, 2019 at 11:40 am

    The geographical release is frustrating. I have found 14 Yeoman 10p coins in the east of Scotland area, plus 1 X and 1 I. Why not release them evenly?

    • Rachel Hooper on February 28, 2019 at 10:16 am

      Hi Chris, the coins are actually released based on demand, so it may be that these areas have a higher demand for 10ps at the moment and so have been lucky enough to order the new coins. Now that more have been released hopefully we’ll start to see them turning up in more locations.

  9. SHARON WILLIAMS on February 27, 2019 at 12:29 am

    I have been looking out for the 2018 ones and as yet I haven’t even seen one let alone a full set it appears that these have only been released to certain areas of the country which doesn’t seem fair surely they should be distributed all over in the same amounts so everyone has a chance to collect them I am in the Bristol area and I find it very disappointing

    • Rachel Hooper on February 27, 2019 at 12:22 pm

      It’s all based on demand, so the coins will be ordered in by post offices, banks and cash centres when they run low. Hopefully now there’s another 2.1 million you will comes across some soon Sharon.

    • Nannysoo on March 14, 2019 at 2:31 pm

      I have one 2018 Complete set uncirculated and am 6 letters off completing my second set for my grandsons. I have decided to collect a 2019 set aswell. I have found it very had to find any of the coins in shops etc in our area of the South but have managed to get quite a few of the same letter from my local post office and then swapped them with other collectors via the change Checker app which I find very helpful. I have two Letter P’s available to swap if anyone is interested I need letters E-M-I Q-R or S? Find me on the swap site but I do agree with Donna it is all in the fun of finding them in your change.

      • Rachel Hooper on March 14, 2019 at 3:28 pm

        That’s fantastic! Well done for finding so many and best of luck with your 2019 collection.

  10. john frisby on February 26, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Thank the canadian con man

  11. Philip Marsh on February 26, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Still haven’t seen any of the A-Z coins in Bournemouth 2018 or 2019 what is going on? We don’t seem to get any of the new coins until years after their release.

    • Rachel Hooper on February 27, 2019 at 12:21 pm

      I haven’t seen any either yet Philip. Hopefully now another 2.1 million have been released we’ll start finding them.

  12. Mervyn Hood on February 26, 2019 at 9:57 am

    What a complete and utter waste of time (and money) – I still haven’t seen a 2018 coin as yet. I suppose the Mint will only release this one (and possibly another similar amount) into circulation, ensuring that the majority are snapped up by collectors thus establishing a continuing shortage of 10p coins in circulation. This will then create the necessity for yet another set to be issued in 2020, hence producing another little gold mine for the Mint from collectors. Am I being cynical? About as cynical as the money-grabbing Mint. And this comes so closely on the heels of the miniscule 50p re-issue debacle. A shortage of 10p coins? Do another run of 2018 dated coins and increase our chances (albeit very slightly) of finding one or two in our change.
    This type of tactic (over production of sets to collect) actually back-fired on the Royal Mail because it turned many collectors of stamps (philatelists) away from the hobby – the Royal Mint might find it does the same to numismatists.

  13. Graham Quince on February 26, 2019 at 9:52 am

    As a serious coin collector I would like to vent my anger, it seems all royal mint are doing now is trying to make as much money as possible by constantly churning out “collectors coins” first the £5 coin, used to issue 1 or 2 every so often now it’s 9 or 10. Then the 50p was maybe 1 per year now it’s about 10,, and now the 10p was just 1 per year now 27 it’s all getting very stupid, this coin collector who has most coins dating back to 9 hundreds is now had enough and not collecting anymore,, thank you for ruining a great hobby with your greed £55 for £2.60 worth of coins, also the £5 coin used to be avaliable across the counter at face Value as these are legal tender but why do that when you can rip us off at £13 a time, absolutely despicable, should be ashamed of yourselves!!!!

    • Rachel Hooper on February 26, 2019 at 1:39 pm

      Hi Graham, I really appreciate your frustration as a serious collector when so many coins are released over face value. It sounds as though you have an incredible collection and I’d hate for you to be put off collecting entirely. Luckily these new A-Z 10ps are going in to circulation, so hopefully you’ll come across a few of them.

  14. SIMON SASH HARDING on February 26, 2019 at 9:47 am

    I can’t believe how difficult it’s been collecting the 2018 A~Z 10 pence pieces. My building society In Crewkerne, Somerset, has never even had one pass over its counter.
    I’m a avid collector, but sadly still only had six coins.

    • Rachel Hooper on February 26, 2019 at 1:33 pm

      They are incredibly hard to find. I haven’t seen one in my change either. Hopefully with the release of these new coins we’ll have more of a chance of finding them.

      • Mervyn Hood on February 27, 2019 at 4:36 pm

        Don’t count on it – most will be scooped up by those who work in the banks, post offices and large stores that are the release points for the coins. Then later on possibly offered for sale at exorbitant prices.