The Royal Mint commemorates 350 years since Samuel Pepys’ final diary entry

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  • One of the world’s most famous diarists is being commemorated by The Royal Mint who are celebrating the 350th anniversary since his final journal entry.
  • The £2 commemorative coin depicts the final page of Samuel Pepys’ diary, carefully interpreted by sculptor Gary Breeze.
  • Samuel Pepys is being honoured by The Royal Mint in recognition of his contribution to the understanding of some of the most historical events of the seventeenth century, ranging from the Great Fire of London to the Plague.
  • This is a low mintage commemorative coin and will not be entering general circulation, so this is the only way to own this special coin.

The Royal Mint is celebrating the 350th anniversary of the final entry into one of the world’s most remarkable diaries, authored by Samuel Pepys.

The diary, which Pepys kept from 1660 until 1669, has enriched our understanding of seventeenth century Britain, giving us a first-hand account of historic events such as the Great Fire of London, the Second Dutch War and the Great Plague.

Originally published in the nineteenth century, the journal entries became hugely popular in Victorian Britain after the third edition’s publication in 1848. Pepys’ detailed and personal journal entries have provided insight and a greater understanding of this turbulent period of British history as well as the effect the events had on British people at the time.

Pepys himself had a connection to The Royal Mint prior to The Royal Mint’s celebration on the new £2 commemorative coin, with his diary revealing that he was a regular visitor to the Tower of London, where The Royal Mint was based at the time. In his diary he recounts a visit in May 1663, detailing how the new coinage of Charles II was produced.

The commemorative £2 coin, designed by sculptor Gary Breeze, highlights Pepys’ extraordinary contribution to historic understanding through the depiction of the final page of his diary, featuring his shorthand entry and quill. The inscription – ‘the good God prepare me’ – comes from Pepys reflecting on his failing eyesight. 

Nicola Howell, Director of the Consumer Division at The Royal Mint, commented: “Our latest 2019 commemorative coin is a fantastic celebration of one of Britain’s most important historical figures. Samuel Pepys’ diary had an incredible contribution to our current understanding of the historic events of the seventeenth century, so we’re thrilled to be commemorating 350 years since his final entry.”

The Royal Mint’s 2019 Samuel Pepys commemorative £2 coin is available to purchase from www.royalmint.com, with prices starting from £10.  This is a low mintage commemorative coin and will not be entering general circulation, so this is the only way to own this special coin. 

2019 350th Anniversary of Samuel Pepys Last Diary Entry Specifications

2019 350th Anniversary of Samuel Pepys Last Diary Entry

Coin title

Last Diary Entry of Samuel Pepys 2019 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin

Last Diary Entry of Samuel Pepys 2019 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

Last Diary Entry of Samuel Pepys 2019 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin

Last Diary Entry of Samuel Pepys 2019 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Denomination

£2

£2

£2

£2

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

Inner:  916.7 Au Yellow Gold, Outer:  916.7 Au Red Gold

Inner:  925 Ag; Outer: 925 Ag plated with fine gold

Inner:  925 Ag; Outer: 925 Ag plated with fine gold

Inner: Cupro-Nickel

Outer: Nickel-Brass

Weight

15.97g

24.00g

12.00g

12.00g

Diameter

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

28.40mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Gary Breeze

Quality

Proof

Brilliant Uncirculated

Edge Lettering Description

‘THE GOOD GOD PREPARE ME’

Limited Edition Presentation

225

1,019

2,500

Unlimited

RRP

£845.00

£110.00

£67.50

£10.00

 

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