The design of newly minted smaller, lighter ten pence coin now depicts a salmon leaping to the left.

For the past two months, the coin presses at the Central Bank have been busy preparing thirty six million new ten pence coins. 

It takes about eighty five tonnes of pressure to pound the distinguishing design onto a single ten pence coin.

Made with a copper-nickel mix, the new coin is smaller and lighter. There are some design changes too. While the harp remains the same, the salmon designed by Percy Metcalfe in 1928 has changed direction. The salmon is now leaping left to face the same way as all the other animals in the series of coins. The new coin marks the demise of the old two bob or florin, the last of the pre-decimal coins in circulation. 

Maurice Doyle Governer of the Central Bank says that plans are afoot for a new fifty pence piece next year. 

Charitable collection campaigns have now been launched to collect old coinage.

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An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 November 1993. The reporter is Mary Wilson.