04 April 2019
The 350th anniversary of the final diary written by Great Fire of London diarist Samuel Pepys is to be marked by a range of special £2 coins.
Samuel Pepys, who was born in London in 1633, is one of history's best-known diarists, capturing events such as the Great Fire of London and the plague in vivid detail. 2019 marks the 350th anniversary of Pepys' final diary entry, written as his health began to fail.
Sculptor Gary Breeze has interpreted Pepys and his work with a coin featuring Pepys’ shorthand and a quill. The edge inscription – ‘the good God prepare me’ – is taken from the last page of Pepys’ diary, as he reflects on his failing sight.
The new Royal Mint coins are available in silver proof, silver piedfort and gold proof versions, as well as a Brilliant uncirculated coin.
To order the coins, visit The Royal Mint's website.
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