● Soho Library lists some of the more recent and more important books which deal
with Matthew Boulton, Soho, the Manufactory and the Mint. Latest among these is ‘The
East India Company and its Coins’ by Peter R Thompson, which looks at the wide world
of East India Company coinages, with the contributions of Boulton and Soho included
● We have an account by Sue Tungate, with rarely-seen illustrations, of Droz’s Collar,
which Boulton believed would allow him to produce totally round coins, but which
proved to be too weak and fiddly to use in large scale coin or token production.
● Placing the Soho Mint into the context of the Soho complex as a whole has never
been easy, since the complete demolition of the buildings in the 1860s. George Demidowicz
has researched the relationships between sites and space, and his Reconstruction
makes everything clear.
● The story of the Monneron Brothers, Merchants of Paris, and their various tokens
is a fascinating one. Monnerons Issued! is the detailed account, by Mish Webster,
of what they produced, and why. ● Though not new, Monnerons Banned! follows on naturally,
detailing the unpleasant consequences of a decree by the French National Assembly
in 1792, a measure aimed specifically at Boulton's tokens for the Monnerons. Both
papers are in The Tokens section.
● Soho's USPs are listed by Matthew Boulton himself; eleven advantages which his
machinery would bring to minting coins for the British Government. This is in The
● In The Man section, we look at the influence of Boulton's social conscience, with
a transcript of the Rules governing the Soho Insurance Society, an early form of
● 'So Nearly Soho' looks at potential coinages which Matthew Boulton and Soho nearly
produced. The first of these, alphabetically at least, was a proposed series of coins
for Antigua in 1803, while the second article looks at the history of the Barbados
Pineapple coins, and the abortive issue of 1791. We also look at how opposition from
Thomas Jefferson meant the loss to Boulton of a contract to supply coins to the USA
● David Vice and Major Fred Pridmore wrote a piece, some years ago, which appeared
in the Numismatic Circular for October 1976, setting out the story behind the Bermuda
Pence of 1793, perhaps one of Soho's most popular products - at least with modern
collectors! This interesting history can be read anew in 'The Coins.'
● An article by D W Dykes looks at the considerable history behind the token halfpence
produced at Soho for Mr Croom, of Dundee, and the relationship with the other tokens
produced to the order of Mr James Wright...and perhaps not surprisingly, this will
be found in 'The Tokens.'
'● The Town' provides a flavour of the background and environment which produced
not only Boulton but much of the drive, energy and creativity of the industrial revolution.
The first paper is by Prof. George Selgin: A Ramble 'Round Old Birmingham looks at
a city on its way to becoming the 'workshop of the world.'
● The second paper Soho - Birmingham is an article which appeared in The Penny Magazine
in September 1835, and which gives a potted history of Soho Manufactory and its manufactures
as seen by contemporaries.
● A paper given by Dr Richard Doty to the 2007 Congress of the Numismatic Association
of Australia gives some of the background to the Industrialisation of Money. The
full text appears by kind permission of the NAA and Dr Doty in 'The Mint' section
of the site.