Where have all the 10p coins gone?


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Ian Jackson

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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Stephen Wolstenholme

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).
I have not noticed a reduction in 10p coins. There are 4 in my change
just now.

Steve
 
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Ian said:
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).

You can always get them as change from a bank.
 
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Tiddy Ogg

I have not noticed a reduction in 10p coins. There are 4 in my change
just now.

Steve
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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Ian Jackson

Tiddy Ogg said:
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.
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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Major Scott

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).
The problem would be averted if the stupid meters gave change! Is this not theft? I only have 50ps on me, and the charge is £3.10, they've nicked 40p from me.

No doubt if I went to a shop to get change, the fucking parking devil would slap a sticker on me in 2 seconds flat.

I wonder if anyone's ever got a ticket while walking to the meter?
 
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Mark

The problem would be averted if the stupid meters gave change! Is this not theft?
I only have 50ps on me, and the charge is £3.10, they've nicked 40p from me.
Our meters will only take the exact amount. So in your scenario you
would not be able to pay at all.
No doubt if I went to a shop to get change, the fucking parking devil would slap a
sticker on me in 2 seconds flat.
Will any of the shops give change?
I wonder if anyone's ever got a ticket while walking to the meter?
Probably.
 
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nik.morgan

Major Scott said:
The problem would be averted if the stupid meters gave change! Is this
not theft? I only have 50ps on me, and the charge is £3.10, they've nicked 40p from me.

No doubt if I went to a shop to get change, the fucking parking devil
would slap a sticker on me in 2 seconds flat.

I wonder if anyone's ever got a ticket while walking to the meter?

I got a ticket whilst sitting in the car with the engine running, foot on
the clutch, and in gear, exit blocked by busses, I didn't pay it.
 
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Jon Ribbens

I got a ticket whilst sitting in the car with the engine running, foot on
the clutch, and in gear, exit blocked by busses, I didn't pay it.
Was it issued by Dom Joly?
 
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Major Scott

I got a ticket whilst sitting in the car with the engine running, footon
the clutch, and in gear, exit blocked by busses, I didn't pay it.
You mean your ticket had expired but you were delayed in leaving?
 
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Mike Barnes

Mark said:
Our meters will only take the exact amount. So in your scenario you
would not be able to pay at all.
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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Major Scott

Our meters will only take the exact amount. So in your scenario you
would not be able to pay at all.
That should be a valid reason for not paying. After all they aren't taking legal tender :)
Will any of the shops give change?
Most, those that don't would if you bought something.
 
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Major Scott

A sensible meter would allow a time proportional to the amount you've
actually paid. No need for change. Not rocket science.
Indeed - the expiry time is printed on the ticket.

But..... that would stop them stealing money from people by charging for2 hours when they're there for 10 minutes. They love charging several people for the same 2 hour slot!
 
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Ian Jackson

Mike Barnes said:
A sensible meter would allow a time proportional to the amount you've
actually paid. No need for change. Not rocket science.
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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Mark

A sensible meter would allow a time proportional to the amount you've
actually paid. No need for change. Not rocket science.
Agreed. Now why don't councils install sensible meters?
 
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Mark

That should be a valid reason for not paying. After all they aren't taking legal
tender :)
I'll like to see that work in the real world.
Most, those that don't would if you bought something.
Bit of a pain having to buy a bath when you only wanted change for the
car park ;-)
 
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Major Scott

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).
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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