Marking the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London



Issued 2016
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 12g
Composition Outer: nickel-brass 76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc
Composition Inner: Cupro-nickel 75% copper, 25% nickel
Obverse Jody Clark
Reverse Aaron West
Edge Milled
Inscription The whole city in dreadful flames
Mintage 1,625,000
B.U pack C
£10.00 L
05/11/15 I
Sold 23,215 K

Design details:

Marking the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

London in 1666 was very different to the city we know today. Wooden structures rather than soaring skyscrapers made up most of the homes and businesses in the capital: one of the reasons that a small fire, which notoriously began in a bakery in Pudding Lane, went on to rage across the city. Who can imagine the sight, as people fled the flames, leaving everything to the fire? Aaron West, a member of The Royal Mintís team of expert designers, has taken the perspective of one of the Londoners seeking sanctuary on the Thames to capture the devastating scenes of the time.

Such is the drama of 1666 that the tale of the great fire has been handed down, still studied at schools and brought to life in television dramas. Aaronís dramatic design captures the stories of the moments that changed London forever.


text source and credit the Royal Mint 2017