10c coin

Details of the specifications and images used on the 10 cent coin.

The 10 cent coin face, back and edge treatment
The reverse (back of the coin or 'tails'), obverse (front of the coin or 'heads') and edge of the coin

10 cent coin specifications

Alloy

Diameter (mm)

Weight (g)

Edge thickness (mm)

Edge treatment

Copper coated plated steel

20.5

3.30

1.58

Unmilled

10 cent image (front)

Description

A Māori carved mask or koruru with Māori rafter patterns

Significance

Koruru

Koruru feature particularly strongly at the apex of the gable of a large carved house that was symbolic of the face of an important Māori ancestor from that part of the country. This particular koruru was designed by Mr James Berry specifically for use on New Zealand currency and is representative of designs from various regions.

More information

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Reserve Bank Bulletin article "Establishing technical specifications for New Zealand’s new 10 cent, 20 cent and 50 cent coins"

Reserve Bank Bulletin article "The themes and thinking behind New Zealand’s 1967 decimal coin designs"