To mark 350 years since Samuel Pepys’ last diary entry on the 31st May 1669, The Royal Mint has issued a brand new £2 coin.
Samuel Pepys was one of the most famous diarists in history. His diaries provide approximately 1 million words worth of valuable first-hand accounts of life in 17th Century London. It also provides historic eye-witness accounts of landmark events in British History, such as the Great Plague of London and the Great Fire of London. He kept his diary from 1660-1669, only stopping due to his failing eyesight.
Designed by Gary Breeze, the reverse of the £2 features a hand using a feathered quill above a diary entry, with the words Samuel Pepys. The obverse features the fifth portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, designed by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark.
This £2 coin has been struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality, and has also been protectively encapsulated in official Change Checker packaging to preserve the coin for generations to come.
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2019 UK Samuel Pepys' Diary CERTIFIED BU £2
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- Year of Issue: 2019
- Denomination: £2
- Metal: Bi-Metallic
- Weight: 12g, Diameter: 28.4mm
- Obverse: QEII by Jody Clark
- Reverse: Gary Breeze
- Quality: Brilliant Uncirculated
- Country of issue: UK