MATTHEW BOULTON AND THE SOHO MINT: COPPER TO CUSTOMER
By Dr Sue Tungate
Published 2020 by Brewin Books Ltd.
Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) was a globally important industrialist who introduced
innovative minting practices at his Soho Mint.
This book describes the processes involved, from mining the copper to the delivery
of products to the customer.
There was a shortage of small change towards the end of the 18th century, and Boulton
strove to solve this problem, eventually obtaining customers all over Britain, including
the British Government. He also made coins for the East India Company, and for Europe,
Africa, the West Indies and America.
Included is Boulton’s role in the copper industry, and how he obtained his raw materials;
his expertise in steel making for dies, and the technology of his new steam-powered
mint. The design, production, marketing and distribution of the finished product
is also covered.
The book is illustrated with over 200 colour images, including an extensive section
on the coins, tokens and medals produced at the Soho Mint.