O’Brien Coin Guide: Irish Euro 10c


The 10 cent euro coin (€0.10) has a value of one tenth of a euro and is composed of an alloy called Nordic gold.

Value 0.10 euro
Mass 4.10 g
Diameter 19.75 mm
Thickness 1.93 mm
Edge Regular, fine indentations
Composition Nordic gold

Nordic gold is the gold-coloured copper alloy from which the middle three denominations of euro coins, 50 cent, 20 cent, and 10 cent coins are made.

  • The alloy used is 89% copper, 5% aluminium, 5% zinc, and 1% tin
  • This is a type of brass

The Irish 10c coin dates from 2002, when euro coins and banknotes were introduced in the 12 member Euro Zone and its related overseas territories.

  • The common side was designed by Luc Luycx, a Belgian artist who won a Europe-wide competition to design the new coins
  • The design of the Type I 10 to 50 cent coins were intended to show separate states of the European Union (EU), as opposed to the one and two euro coins showing the 15 states as one and the 1 to 5 cent coins showing the EU’s place in the world
Euro 10c coin, common side Type I (2002-2006) - a 'stylised' map of Europe, showing separate states of the European Union (EU).

Euro 10c coin, common side Type I (2002-2006) – a ‘stylised’ map of Europe, showing separate states of the European Union (EU).

Year 10c, Type I reverse
2002 275,888,284
2003 133,750,907
2004   36,732,778
2005     7,097,786
2006     9,679,229

The EU’s membership expanded between 2004 and 2007, with further expansions envisaged, so the common face of all euro coins from the value of 10 cent and above were redesigned in 2007 to show a new map.

Euro 10c coin, type II.  This map showed Europe, not just the EU, as one continuous landmass - Cyprus was moved west as the map cut off after the Bosporus

Euro 10c coin, type II (2007 to date). This map showed Europe, not just the EU, as one continuous landmass – Cyprus was moved west as the map cut off after the Bosporus

Year 10c, Type II reverse
2007   79,388,096
2008   53,997,990
2009   10,850,328
2010     1,078,313
2011     1,030,118
2012     9,000,000
2013   15,000,000
2014 **
2015 **

** Data not available yet

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