We are here with a thoroughly modern web site to celebrate the achievements of Matthew
Boulton who died two hundred years ago in August 1809.
But a modern website is no anachronism; Matthew Boulton was at the leading edge of
technology and innovation in his own time.
So here, as a tribute to a great man, we will look at Matthew Boulton, and the Soho
Mint; how Mr Boulton fitted into the great scheme of things, how the Mint was established
and worked, and what it produced.
After a fairly ‘purple’ period with nothing new, we are pleased to note that additional
items are beginning to appear. The website is still very much a work in progress,
and more items will be added as they become available! This is a ‘hobby’ site, and
not a professional resource. We hope to see you back, soon.
● Jean Pierre Droz featured very largely in the early days of the Soho Mint, being
seen by Matthew Boulton as both the epitome of what he wanted for the artistic quality
of his mint, and at the same time more difficult than a bag of monkeys to control
and motivate. A new section offers a little more information about DROZ and Soho’s
other foreign Engravers!
A major new work on our favourite subjects will be published shortly. ‘Matthew Boulton
and the Soho Mint - Copper to Customer’ by Dr Sue Tungate is due to be published
in October 2020 by Brewin Books. Full details will be added to the website as soon
as they are known. Check back for the latest news!
● The story of Christopher Ibberson’s Halfpenny is very nearly no story at all, as
no more than a few trial pieces were ever struck. Nonetheless they do exist, and
there is a lot of fascinating detail about these, Ibberson, and the George & Blue
Boar Inn. Click HERE to go to the latest page in The Tokens section