10 Euro Cent (2002-Present)
The 10 euro cent coin is the first of three “nordic gold” coins in the euro series. The coin is slightly smaller than the 5 euro cent but weighs 0.18 grams more. It’s made of brass and tends to hold its brilliance a tad longer than the copper-plated steel 1, 2, and 5 euro cents once put into circulation. The 10 euro cent is valued at 1/10th of a euro and is roughly the equivalent of the U.S. dime in terms of its spending power.
The Austrian Mint’s gargantuan production of over 440 million 10 euro cent coins in 2002 meant that no additional circulation strike coins would be minted in 2003. Production resumed – on a much smaller scale – from 2004 onward.
Composition: brass | Weight: 4.1 grams | Size: 19.75 mm
National Side (Side Unique to the Issuing Country)
Designer: Josef Kaiser
St. Stephen’s Cathedral Spires. Inscription reads: 10 EURO CENT. Austrian Flag beneath CENT. Date located to the bottom right of the flower. Date located to the right of the central motif, arcing around the inner rim.
Central devices and inscription encircled by an inner border. Stars representing each of the original 12 member states of the Eurozone circle the perimeter of the coin and are bordered by a raised outer rim.
Designer: Luc Luycx (View Designer’s Profile)
Type 1: Individualized representations of the 12 original Eurozone states stand in front of and divide 12 line segments that have stars at each end. A large numeral “10” and the inscription EURO CENT, all italicized, stand to the right. The designer’s initials “LL” appear to the right of the “10”. Entire design encircled by a raised rim.
Type 2: Same as Type 1, except instead of individualized representations of the 12 original Eurozone states, a full representation of Western Europe stands in the center of the 12 line segments, dividing them.
The Austrian Mint strikes the ten euro cent in three unique finishes: a business strike intended for general circulation; a satin finish specimen strike produced for collector sets; and proofs, which are sold in annual proof sets.
CoinWeek Austria 10 Euro Cent Business Strike Price Guide
CoinWeek Austria 10 Euro Cent Satin Finish (Mint Set) Price Guide
CoinWeek Austria 10 Euro Cent Proof Coinage Price Guide