The A-Z of Great Britain- FAQs

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I buy the coins I can’t find?
Can I collect and swap these coins online?
How many coins are being made?
How scarce are these coins?
How were the designs chosen?
How will I know when more A-Z 10p coins are release into circulation?
Is there a collector folder available?
Where can I find the coins?
Who designed the coins?
Why can’t I buy these coins for just 10p?
Will the A to Z of Britain 10p coins be available in silver and gold?

Can I buy the coins I can’t find?

Yes, you can buy the individual coins in Change Checker CERTIFIED EARLY STRIKE Uncirculated Collector Cards from The Westminster Collection – click here.

We also offer a complete set of CERTIFIED EARLY STRIKE 10p coins with a Change Checker Album and pages for collectors that want to own the full collection in one go – click here.

Can I collect and swap these coins online?

Yes. You can find, collect and swap your coins online with the free Change Checker web app: www.changechecker.org/10pApp.

How many coins are being made?

Initially, more than 2.6 million circulating 10p coins have been struck across the 26 designs and more coins will continue to be struck throughout the year to meet the demand from The Post Office, banks and cash centres.

How scarce are these coins?

We expect these coins to be very collectible. Take a look at past history and you’ll see that over 75% of the 2012 Olympic 50p coins have now been taken out of circulation.

With more coins to be released, and some letters likely to be more popular than others, it’s impossible to determine an accurate scarcity for these coins at the moment.

We will release the first A-Z of Great Britain 10p Scarcity Index early April when we have collected vital information from our web app and Swap Centre.

Scarcity Index updates will continue to be released throughout the year to ensure you have access to the most accurate scarcity ratings for your 10p coins.
How were the designs chosen?

The Royal Mint wanted to engage members of the public of all ages with their change, so devised a coin series that would get the country debating one question: what exactly defines Britain as British?

Various themes were considered, such as cities or counties, sports, flowers and animals. It soon became clear that there’s so much that makes Britons proud to be British that the alphabet idea was born – a series in which each letter represents something quintessentially British.

How will I know when more A-Z 10p coins are release into circulation?

We will announce any additional coin releases on our social media channels, including:

We’ll also send registered Change Checkers regular updates – sign up here for FREE.

Is there a collector folder available?

Two different collector options are available to Change Checkers through www.westminstercollection.com:

  • A-Z 10p Collecting Pack with 26 spaces, ready for you to add the coins as you find them in your change – click here.
  • A-Z 10p Collector’s Kit which gives you everything you need to collect, display, and protect your collection in the official Change Checker Album – click here.

Additional plastic pages with ID cards for the Change Checker Album are also available – click here.

Where can I find the coins?

The circulating coins will be distributed through The Post Office network from the first week of March. They will be distributing the coins through normal transactions so you’ll be able to find these coins in your change throughout the month. It is unlikely that most Post Offices will be willing to simply swap a 10p coin.

The Royal Mint will also release additional coins in relevant locations across the UK throughout 2018.

Who designed the coins?

The coins were created by a team that includes at its core The Royal Mint’s own highly skilled team of coin designers, who have been responsible for some of the UK’s most iconic commemorative and circulating coins.

The designs for each letter were submitted for selection and approval by the independent Royal Mint Advisory Committee, before going for final approval by Her Majesty the Queen.

Why can’t I buy these coins direct for just 10p?

The standard circulating 10p coins are only being released through the normal circulating distribution process of the Post Office and banks and all 26 coins will be available to find and collect directly from your change.

If you want to find a specific letter or wish to own a complete set right away in new uncirculated condition, The Royal Mint has made available some stocks of coins for collectors. To ensure they are of the best quality, they have been taken from the first production coins struck whilst the dies are in their very finest condition.

These CERTIFIED EARLY STRIKE 10p coins are available individually in presentation cards for £2.50 each – click here.

Will the A to Z of Britain 10p coins be available in silver and gold?

The A to Z of Britain 10p coins will be available in Sterling Silver Proof. They are available in limited edition Royal Mint packaging.

The Royal Mint has not announced any gold versions at this time.