I was recently sorting out my change. And I found a British ten pence piece dated 1992! It has an old picture of Queen Elizabeth II on it. And it has a lion with a crown on on the reverse side.
Frankly when I first saw it, I thought it was a quarter. I guess 10 pence is about 25 cents in Britain. So that is why they are so similiar.
One question though: How would a British ten pence piece end up in American change? I live near Canada. So it is not uncommon to find Canadian coins in my change. But it is always a mistake, because Canadian change (much like British) is not allowed in American stores. (Oh, they may let Canadian penny slip by now and again. But nothing more than that–you know what I mean:).)
It is definitely a mystery. Anyone else have any ideas how it happened?