Two Pounds 2019 Pepys, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Two Pounds 2019 Pepys, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinTwo Pounds 2019 Pepys

The bi-metallic £2 coin is the largest circulating coin denomination of the Pound Sterling. It was introduced in 1998 (earlier two pound coins were made of Nickel brass, were intended as commemorative, and did not circulate much). Being bi-metallic means that the coin comprises two separate components of differing alloys; the outer ring of the coins is made of Nickel-Brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc) and the inner circle is CuproNickel (75% copper, 25% nickel).

The Royal Mint maintains a "definitive" style of the £2 issued annually, as well as a large variety of one-year circulating commemorative types.

In 2017, the mint also started issuing some Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT) £2 coins for collectors. These are included in the annual mint sets, but are not released into general circulation. Their themes celebrate important anniversaries or people, as well as iconic aspects of British culture and history.

This £2 coin marks 350 years since the last entry in Samuel Pepys' diary.

Samuel Pepys FRS (1633 - 1703) was an administrator of the navy of England and Member of Parliament who is most famous for the diary he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. Pepys had no maritime experience, but he rose to be the Chief Secretary to the Admiralty under both King Charles II and King James II through patronage, hard work, and his talent for administration. His influence and reforms at the Admiralty were important in the early professionalisation of the Royal Navy.

The detailed private diary that Pepys kept from 1660 until 1669 was first published in the 19th century and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period. It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Fire of London.

Pepys brought his diary to a close on 31 May 1669, fearing he was losing his sight. As it turned out, he lived another 34 years and did not lose his sight, but did not resume his diary.

The edge lettering, THE GOOD GOD PREPARE ME, is a quote from the diary. The reverse has been designed by Gary Breeze, who also created the designs for the popular Captain Cook coin series.

These £2 coins were struck in various collector formats but none were issued into general circulation.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Pepys - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Pepys - reverse photo

The central circle of the reverse features the last page of the diary, signed Samuel Pepys and dated May. 31. 1699. in his handwriting.

Around above the outer ring of the coin, the inscription SAMUEL PEPYS DIARIST. Around below, the anniversary dates 1669 - 2019.

The designer's initials GB (for Gary Breeze) are in the right field of the outer ring, between the 9 in 2019 and the T in DIARIST.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription SAMUEL PEPYS DIARIST 1669 - 2019
EdgeMilled and inscribed (incuse lettering)Edge InscriptionTHE GOOD GOD PREPARE ME
Two Pounds 2019 Pepys: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Royal Mint product code: UK19SPBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: unknown
In Set 2019 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set - The 2019 Collection, mintage unknown
13 coins: £5 Queen Victoria, £2 Britannia, £2 D-Day, £2 Wedgwood, £2 Samuel Pepys, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sherlock Holmes, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Pepys / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Pepys / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
In Set The 2019 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage unknown
13 coins: £5 Queen Victoria, £2 Britannia, £2 D-Day, £2 Wedgwood, £2 Samuel Pepys, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sherlock Holmes, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2019 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown, limited to 5,000 (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Pepys / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Pepys / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
Details

12.00 g of Sterling Silver. The outer ring is selectively gold-plated to achieve a bimetallic look.
Boxed, Royal Mint product code: UK19SPSP. Issue price £67.50. Edition limit of 2,500.
Also issued in sets.

In Set The 2019 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown, limited to 1,000
13 coins: £5 Queen Victoria, £2 Britannia, £2 D-Day, £2 Wedgwood, £2 Samuel Pepys, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sherlock Holmes, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Pepys / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Pepys / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Like the silver proof but double the thickness and weight - 24.00 g. Royal Mint product code: UK19SPPF. Issue price £110.00. Edition limit of 1,019.
Also issued in sets.

In Set The 2019 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set, mintage unknown
5 coins: £5 Queen Victoria, £2 D-Day, £2 Wedgwood, £2 Samuel Pepys, 50p Sherlock Holmes
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Pepys / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Two Pounds 2019 Pepys / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.917 Gold
Details

15.97 g. Inner circle: 22 carat yellow gold. Outer ring: 22 carat red gold.
In mahogany presentation box. Royal Mint product code: UK19SPGP. Issue price £1,055. Edition limit of 225.
Also issued in sets.

In Set The 2019 United Kingdom Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage unknown
5 coins: £5 Queen Victoria, £2 D-Day, £2 Wedgwood, £2 Samuel Pepys, 50p Sherlock Holmes
All (22) coins of type: Two Pounds (NCLT)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Two Pounds 2017 Jane Austen unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Two Pounds 2017 Aviation unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2017 ·
Two Pounds 2018 Frankenstein 65,167 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 Armistice 79,785 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Badge unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Spitfire unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Vulcan unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - Sea King unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 RAF Centenary - F35 Lightning unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2018 Captain Cook 50,185 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 Wedgwood unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 Pepys unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 D-Day unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2019 Captain Cook unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 Captain Cook unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 Agatha Christie unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 VE Day unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2020 Mayflower unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2021 Sir Walter Scott unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2021 H.G. Wells unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS ·
Two Pounds 2022 Alexander Graham Bell unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
Two Pounds 2022 Vera Lynn unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2 POUNDS · 2022 ·
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Two Pounds 2019 Pepys: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeTwo Pounds (NCLT)
Issued2019
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value2 (x Pound)
Total Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialBimetallic
DesignerGary Breeze
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size28.400 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass12.000 g
OCC IDYRVP-EVRC-NVAD-EDQG
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Samuel Pepys 2019 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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Samuel Pepys 2019 UK £2 Silver Proof Coin
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Samuel Pepys 2019 UK £2 Proof Coin
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Samuel Pepys 2019 UK £2 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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