Sheffield shoppers should start checking their change after a range of new ‘alphabet’ 10p coins were released by The Royal Mint.
The 10p coins are a new collection of ‘Quintessentially British A-Z’, depicting 26 rituals items and landmarks associated with the British.
From the Angel of the North to the red-chested Robin, an English Breakfast to the perfect brew – The Royal Mint have used the alphabet to map out the A-Z of what makes Britain great.
According to Change Checker, the coins began distributing through the Post Office Network from the first week of March.
Additional coins will also be released in ‘relevant locations’ throughout the UK in 2018.
More than 2.6m coins were designed and launched last month and Change Checker estimate the coins will be ‘very collectible’.
Click on the link above to see all 26 of the new 10p coins.
A spokesperson for Change Checker said: “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.”
Royal Mint estimates from 2016 suggest that there are 1.7 billion 10p coins in circulation. The expected annual demand for 10p coins is approximately 60 million per annum.
This meant that, despite the coins’ release last month, it may only be next year when the coins begin to enter circulation.
Luke Hearn of Change Checker stated that some of the coins will become more rare and valuable than others, with experts believing that the letters B, E, F, L and T will be the most popular.
Mr Hearn added: “Don’t forget commemorative coins do not normally enter circulation particularly quickly and there’s no doubt that the first tranche of coins have been snapped up extra fast by keen collectors.
“All circulation designs do eventually make their way into circulation and in time into our pockets.
“However, it has been the case since commemorative 50p coins started to issue more regularly from the 1990s that it can be some months until cash centres call off new supplies.
“Will they be rare? Certainly their level of popularity with collectors has been unprecedented and so it seems likely they’ll always be a tough coin to find and, at 10p each, I’ll definitely be putting any I find aside!”
To see which 10p coins you should be keeping an eye out for, click on the link above.