01 October 2019
The Royal Mint released a collection of A to Z 10p coins in 2018, with each of the 26 designs reflecting a Great British icon. Discover more about the A to Z coins and the Great British Coin Hunt in our in-depth guide.
The Royal Mint released 26 new 10p coins which take a tour through the alphabet exploring what it means to be British. Coin collectors were invited to follow the alphabet from the Angel of the North through to zebra crossings. Watch a video introducing the coins from The Royal Mint below…
What are on the A to Z coins?
The symbols immortalised on the 10p coins are as follows:
A – Angel of the North
B – Bond… 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
How many A to Z coins are there?
The Royal Mint initially issued 2.6 million coins in March 2018, which were quickly snapped up by eagle-eyed collectors or those curious about the coins.
In 2019 a further 2.1 million coins were put into circulation, prompted perhaps by the complaints from collectors who couldn't find any of the coins. The new set of coins have a '2019' date and so it may be that those dated '2018' are more sought after since they were issued first.
How can I collect the A to Z coins?
The 26 coins were put into into circulation across the country back in 2018, with a collectors’ folder, and silver proof and uncirculated versions of the 10p coins, available to purchase from The Royal Mint website.
However, many coin collectors have been left frustrated by the lack of coins in circulation, with many complaining that as soon as they are released shop-keepers or post office workers keep the coins for themselves, or that as soon as someone spots one in their change they keep them.
If you're a strict 'change checker' then the best way to look out for the coins is in your change, however, few collectors have found the full set of coins in general circulation. Other options include:
The full set of A to Z coins can be purchased from The Royal Mint, however these will be in 'uncirculated' condition and will cost around £2 per coin, that's ten times the denomination on the coin.
You can also purchase the set from Change Checker website for around £45 plus postage.
Early Strike versions of the coins – those issued in 2018 – are also available from Change Checker
Internet auction sites such as eBay have a range of the coins on offer, most are priced at around £1 per coin, but the price can vary depending on the design on the coin. Beware the postage charges too!
How much are the A to Z coins worth?
As we've seen, most of the coins sell for about £1 each, which is a good mark-up for a 10p coin. Obviously supply and demand influence the price and so the scarcity guide, and sales on sites such as eBay, give us some idea of the value.
According to the Change Checker Scarcity Index (featured in every issue of Coin Collector), the scarcest 10p coins are thought to be as follows (coin values are based on eBay sales prices and not from Change Checker):
A for Angel of the North (uncirculated 2018 versions have been offered on eBay for around £3 to £4)
Z for Zebra Crossing (£3 to £3.50)
Y for Yeoman Warder (around £2.50 to £3)
N for NHS 10p (£2 to £3)
J for Jubilee (£2 to £3)
The Royal Mint has yet to release the circulation figures for each A to Z coin. If the coins were issued in equal numbers, they will rate as some of the rarest British coins in circulation.
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