The Great British Coin Hunt – 10p Coins

In February 2018, the Royal Mint started the Great British Coin Hunt. 26 different designs on 26 different alphabet 10p coins; each one representing something British.

Starting with A, for the Angel of the North, which depicts a famous 20 metre tall steel sculpture of an angel in Gateshead, in Tyne and Wear, England. The list covers 26 different things that are quintessentially British — Fish and chips, The Loch Ness Monster, King Arthur and of course, Queueing. All the way to Z, which is for the Zebra Crossing, which was surely made famous by The Beatles on the cover of Abbey Road.

There are 2.6 million of these special alphabet 10p coins, around the country, so the chances of finding them in your change are quite high. But they are still selling for a reasonable profit on eBay.

The Great British Coin Hunt

The Royal Mint wants people to hunt down the alphabet 10p coins. Even trying if you don’t want them all, you could spell words or names with the letters that you do find. (Remember how we all looked high and low for those Coca Cola bottles wit the names a couple of years ago?)

To help you along, there is an app called “Coin Hunt” on App Store and Google Play where you can scan the coins that you come across. Good Luck!

  1. Angel of the North
  2. Bond… James Bond
  3. Cricket
  4. Double Decker Bus
  5. English Breakfast
  6. Fish and Chips
  7. Greenwich Mean Time
  8. Houses of Parliament
  9. Ice-Cream Cone
  10. Jubilee
  11. King Arthur
  12. Loch Ness Monster
  13. Mackintosh
  14. National Health Service
  15. Oak Tree
  16. Post Box
  17. Queuing
  18. Robin
  19. Stonehenge
  20. Teapot
  21. Union flag
  22. Village
  23. World Wide Web
  24. X marks the spot
  25. Yeoman
  26. Zebra Crossing
  1. The picture 10p with the angel of the north on it.

    Angel of the North 10p

    • Designed by Sir Antony Gormley, The Angel of the North is the UK's largest statue. Approx. 33 million people a year see it, which makes it's one of the world's most viewed pieces of art.
  2. The picture 10p with James Bond on it

    Bond… James Bond 10p

    • He’s the suave British spy that first appeared in movies over 50 years ago. The epitome of cool, who likes his drinks shaken, not stirred.
  3. The picture 10p with cricket on it.

    Cricket 10p

    • I don't Like Cricket…I love it!
    • In 1835, the newly established Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) gave cricket its first formal laws, which still stand today.
  4. The picture 10p with the double decker bus on it.

    Double decker bus 10p

    • The Double Decker Bus is an iconic symbol of London. In the 1820s George Shillibeer started his horse-drawn Omnibus service. Ever since then the red buses of London have been on the streets.
  5. The picture 10p with the full english breakfast on it.

    English breakfast 10p

    • The full English breakfast, or ‘fry up’, is usually made up of bacon, sausages , eggs, tomatoes and beans. It hails back to Victorian times when having 2 meals a day was the norm
  6. The picture 10p with fish and chips on it.

    Fish and Chips 10p

    • What's more British than fish and chips?
    • Whether it's haddock or cod that's served with the chips in your local chip shop, few of us can resist the mouth-watering combination. The UK eats around 382 million portions of fish and chips every year.
  7. The picture 10p with greenwich mean time, GMT, on it.

    Greenwich Mean Time 10p

    • GMT – a symbol of how important Britain has been to the history of travel. Greenwich is point 0 in the world, and every other location and time is relative to that.
  8. The picture 10p with the houses of parliament on it.

    Houses of Parliament 10p

    • The Houses of Parliament are made up of the House of Commons and House of Lords. It has been in its current form for nearly 300 years but the site has been in use since the early 11th century.
  9. The picture 10p with ice cream cones on it.

    Ice-Cream Cone 10p

    • Ice cream cones in summer – is there anything more British than getting a Mr. Whippy '99' from an Ice Cream van on the pier?
  10. The picture 10p with the jubilee on it.

    Jubilee 10p

    • Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria are the only two British monarchs to have celebrated their Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne). Long live the Queen.
  11. The picture 10p with king arthur on it.

    King Arthur 10p

    • King Arthur, a warrior from the 5th century, who may have led the fight against the Saxon invasion. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table are known all over the world.
  12. The picture 10p with the loch ness monster on it.

    Loch Ness Monster 10p

    • The first recorded sighting of 'Nessie' was in 565AD. The first photo didn't come until , although now that everyone has smartphones she seems more shy. Still, we still believe.
  13. The picture 10p with a mackintosh on it.

    Mackintosh 10p

    • Not the Apple computer, or even the Apple, we're talking about the coat here. Invented in Glasgow to deal with the Scottish weather it was revolutionary. A true waterproof material – essential for the British summer.
  14. The picture 10p with the national health service on it.

    National Health Service 10p

    • The NHS was started in 1948 and since then has administered medicine to the whole nation. 70 years on, everyone, from the poorest to the Duchess of Cambridge uses the NHS.
  15. The picture 10p with an oak tree on it.

    Oak Tree 10p

    • From tiny acorns mighty oak trees grow…
    • …But away with that, to the pub we will go!
    • The mighty oak tree is a sign of strength and it's no accident that it's the national tree for England and Wales. The “Royal Oak” is also one of the most common pub names in Britain.
  16. The picture 10p with a post box on it.

    Post Box 10p

    • The British Post Box was first seen in 1852. Back then they were green so that they would blend in with the landscape. In 1874 they were changed to red and have been red ever since. In 2012 some postboxes were painted gold to celebrate Team GBs gold medal winning athletes.
  17. The picture 10p with queueing on it.

    Queuing 10p

    • Queueing is a symbol of Britain’s civilised and fair way of doing things. It first became popular during the industrial revolution, as more people gathered in towns and cities. George Mikes wrote in his 1946 book, How to be an Alien, that “an Englishman, even if he is alone, forms an orderly queue of one”.
  18. The picture 10p with a robin on it.

    Robin 10p

    • Britain's favourite bird, the Robin is around all year, although everyone thinks of Christmas when they see one. On the continent they are shy birds but on this little island they are aggressive and territorial. Is there a better symbol of Britain?.
  19. The picture 10p with stonehenge on it.

    Stonehenge 10p

    • Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England, was finished in 2,500BC. Each 25 tonne stone came from Wales and stands 13 feet tall. Why the ancient Britons did this is still unknown but whatever its original purpose was, it's not one of Britain's biggest tourist attractions.
  20. The picture 10p with a teapot on it.

    Teapot 10p

    • Is there any problem that can't be fixed over a cup of tea? Originally a drink that could only be afforded by the upper classes, it is now the nation's favourite drink. It doesn't matter what the weather is like, there's always time for a brew.
  21. The picture 10p with the union flag on it.

    Union Flag 10p

    • The Union Flag was first used in 1606. It appears on over 100 flags around the world, including Australia and Bermuda. Parts of the English, Scottish and Irish flags were used to form the Union Flag.
  22. The picture 10p with a village on it.

    Village 10p

    • Britain is home to some of the prettiest villages in the world. Everywhere, from the Scottish Highlands to the Welsh Valleys, has picturesque villages. We love their Fairs, village greens, pubs with their open fires and warmer welcomes. They all come together to make British villages great.
  23. The picture 10p with the world wide web, www, on it.

    World Wide Web 10p

    • Britain gave the world the telephone and the TV, and then the World Wide Web. Invented by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989, the WWW connects the whole world. It's impossible to imagine life without it now.
  24. The picture 10p with x marks the spot on it.

    X Marks the Spot 10p

    • 'X marks the spot' was officially used first in 1813, but it's a lot older than that. We all think of pirates marking their treasure maps with a big X to show where they've buried their booty. But the phrase was also used by the British army, who put a piece of paper with a black X onto the heart of any prisoners who faced a firing squad.
  25. The picture 10p with a yeoman beefeater on it.

    Yeoman 10p

    • The Yeoman guards outside the Tower of London have a history that goes back to the reign of Edward 4th in the 15th century. Known as “Beefeaters” because the King wanted his bodyguards to be as healthy as possible. They were allowed to eat as much beef as they wanted from the top table.
  26. The picture 10p with a zebra crossing on it

    Zebra Crossing 10p

    • The Zebra Crossing was most likely named by James Callaghan in 1948. Before he was PM he worked in the ministry of transport and said that the black & white design was like a zebra. The name has stuck ever since. The most famous Zebra Crossing is probably Abbey Road in London.

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