James Bond, cricket and King Arthur feature on new 10p coins revealed by Royal Mint

1 March 2018, 09:41

A new collection of "quintessentially British" 10p coins have been revealed, with James Bond, fish and chips and a fry-up all featuring.

The news comes ahead of the withdrawal of the old £10 note, which features the head of Charles Darwin, as legal tender. It will no longer be accepted in UK shops from 11.59pm on Thursday.

Adding to the slew of recent updates to the cash in our pockets, which has included new £1 coins and £5 notes, the new 10p coins will feature 26 new designs.

Unveiled by the Royal Mint, the collection is an A to Z of what makes Britain great, from the Angel of the North to a zebra crossing.

The English breakfast coin features a fried egg, bacon, sausages, tomato and beans, while the James Bond piece simply says "007".

Stonehenge, a double decker bus, the NHS and Parliament also feature.

The collection has been released into general circulation alongside collectors' versions which can be bought on the Royal Mint website.

A "great British coin hunt" app has also been created, allowing coin hunters to build up a digital collection of the coins they find.

The app can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play, with users able to scan the coin with their phone's camera.

It features a heat map showing where different coins are being found and directs users to swap shops where they can trade coins with other collectors.

Anne Jessopp, chief executive at the Royal Mint, said: "These designs were selected because we feel they represent a diverse mix of elements that make up the country we all love.

"There is a lot to be proud of in the UK - whether it's at the highest level, our Houses of Parliament representing democracy and freedom of speech, technological advancements such as Tim Berners-Lee's world wide web, or just a good cup of tea, it's all here in the designs.

"We hope the British public is inspired to take part in the great British coin hunt by checking their change for those miniature works of art that spell out just some of the many iconic themes that are quintessentially British."

Dr Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, said the collection marked a departure from the Royal Mint's previous celebrations of British life.

He said: "We have marked great events, celebrated engineers, politicians and of course royalty.

"This series really drills down into the heartland of what makes Britain British. It's the granularity of British life celebrated on the coinage."

The full range is as follows:

A - Angel of the North

B - Bond...James Bond

C - Cricket

D - Double decker bus

E - English breakfast

F - Fish and 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