Where have all the 10p coins gone?

Is it just me, but is there a dearth of 10p coins in circulation?
For a considerable time, it's been very obvious that my constantly changing collection of change has consisted of all the other
denominations - but there is rarely a 10p in sight. This can be a problem, as these days many parking meters don't accept 5p (and I don't think any accept 1p and 2p).
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On Mon, 18 Feb 2013 09:24:02 +0000, Ian Jackson

I have not noticed a reduction in 10p coins. There are 4 in my change just now.
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On Mon, 18 Feb 2013 14:24:22 +0000, Stephen Wolstenholme

May be no connection, but there was a letter in our local paper last week complaining that the machine for a toll bridge only took 10, 20 aned 50p coins, not 5p. So perhaps he, too, had this problem.
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Certainly the M6 toll motorway doesn't accept 5p coins. Also, last year, I came across a carpark where a notice on the pay-and-display meters claimed that they "didn't accept the new type of 10p" (whatever that means). Despite this, my nice shiny 2011 10ps seemed to work OK.
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On Tue, 19 Feb 2013 08:31:34 +0000, Ian Jackson

I guess they mean the 1" diameter 10p coin that replaced the 1 1/8" 2 bob bit/florin sized coin around twenty years ago.
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I doubt it, as I'm taking about 2012. Even in the most benighted parts of darkest, rural Northumberland, they have definitely - for many years - been using the newfangled types of coins. [Unfortunately, they have also discovered pay-and-display parking meters.] Certainly my 2011 10p coins (yes - I checked the dates) seemed to work OK.
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On Fri, 22 Feb 2013 11:05:18 +0000, Ian Jackson

But what was the date of the notice? And if "the new type of 10p" does not refer to the newest and last announced coin, then what else could it mean?
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Well, the parking meters were pretty new (maybe two years old?), and the information (a strip of Dymotape) was on every one.
It's a heck of a long time since the old two bob bit was no longer legal tender. I have no doubt that the notices meant exactly what they said. Presumably it was because some people had found that some of their newer 10p coins had been rejected, and reported it.
However, I recall that the one-hour rate was something like £1-10, and it might have been a cunning plan by the carpark owners to get people to pay £1-20 instead.
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I'm surprised no one has come in with the answer to that - it was well publicised around here (Edinburgh). From the start of last year all the meters changed not to take 10p (& I think 5p?) coins. The reason given was that the coin composition was changing - to a steel core - so as to cut the cost of manufacture. It wasn't worth modifying the machines to recognise the new coins. It would depend on the recognition technology in each type of machine of course.
20p coins are now more in demand, well, alongside £1 & £2 coins. City centre charges £2.80 an hour in places...
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So, in effect, we might as well scrap the 1, 2, 5 and 10p coins (and, of course, the 1/2p went long ago). I suppose that's what Quantitative Easing does for you. How long will it be before the £2 is the only coin left in existence?
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I already do. If I come home with any coin under 20p in my pocket, it goes into storage because I can't be bothered lugging it around any more.
My coin store is sorted into denominations (1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, foreign). It's noticeable that in the last couple of years, the 1p and 2p piles have hardly increased in size. Many places (that I pay cash in) price things in multiples of 5p nowadays. Presumably it makes the cash handling easier.
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One measure of inflation would be: what value of coin do you bother picking up from the ground? I definitely ignore 5p coins now (unless inside where they're going to make a nasty noise in the vaccuum cleaner).
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I suppose I would pick any coin up, after first looking around to see if there was a Reality TV camera in sight.
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On Sun, 24 Feb 2013 12:03:46 +0000, Gordon H

At least with this new 10p coin, dangling a magnet on a string might work well enough and so no bending will be necessary.
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On Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:27:56 +0000, "Anthony R. Gold"

There was a 50p coin stuck on a pole then I go past regularly. I didn't take it and it stayed there for a couple of weeks.
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A sensible meter would allow a time proportional to the amount you've actually paid. No need for change. Not rocket science.
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Indeed - the expiry time is printed on the ticket.
But..... that would stop them stealing money from people by charging for 2 hours when they're there for 10 minutes. They love charging several people for the same 2 hour slot!
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The meters on one of the streets in High Wycombe (where I used to park before they moved Marks and Spencer) actually did this. Although the notice implied that you were charged in hourly increments, it in fact dispensed a ticket indicating a pro rata expiry time.
However, there is undoubtedly a cunning science applied on to how parking time should be charged in order to maximise the income. The first criterion is (obviously) that no change is given. The second is that the minimum parking time is just that little bit too short for you to be sure that you will be back in time, and will therefore have to pay for two increments. The third is that the average user is likely to be back just into the second increment, so the meter having collected the payment for two increments, most of the second is not needed, so the parking bay then becomes free for the next user (and further payment).
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Indeed. Or you get held up in a shop and are 1 second late, and get a fine.
It is often not possible to predict how long you will be parking for. The only sensible (if you can call paying for parking sensible) ones are the pay at exit ones.
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On Tue, 19 Feb 2013 11:19:21 +0000, Mike Barnes

Agreed. Now why don't councils install sensible meters?
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