The Royal British Mint has released four new coins highlighting the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, which destroyed the oldest section of the city over a four-day period in 1666. A vivid reverse design depicting the event was created by Aaron West and is available on gold and silver Proof coins, a silver Proof Piedfort version, and a Brillaint Uncirculated cupro-nickel piece.
The reverse features a stylized image of flames and smoke rising over the burning city as seen from the river Thames. The fire began in a bakery on Pudding Lane and went on to destroy thousands of homes and dozens of churches, including St. Paul’s Cathedral. Inscribed along the rim of the coin is THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON, the anniversary dates of 1666 and 2016, and the monetary denomination of TWO POUNDS.
The obverse features Jodi Clark’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, DEI GRA REGINA FID DEF, a Latin abbreviation for “By the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith,” placed along the rim of the coin. An edge inscription reads THE WHOLE CITY IN DREADFUL FLAMES, which is a quote from John Evelyn’s eye-witness account of the disaster.
The gold coin is composed of 15.97 grams of 22 karat gold, has a mintage limited to 800 pieces, and is available for £750.00. Its diameter measures 28.40 mm.
The silver Proof Piedfort and silver Proof versions are available for £100.00 and £60.00, respectively. The Piedfort Proof coin is composed of 24 grams of .925 silver, measures 28.40 mm in diameter, and has a mintage limited to 3,500 pieces. The silver Proof Coin is also made of .925 silver, but weighs half as much at 12 grams, with the higher mintage limit of 7,500 units.
Finally, a Brilliant Uncirculated version is available for £10.00 and has no listed mintage limit.
For more information on the U.K.’s 2016 Great Fire of London gold and silver coins, please visit the Web site of the Royal Mint.