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|Collection:||Coins & Medals|
|Date:||1790 - 1790|
|Die-sinker:||Jean-Pierre Droz - View biography for Jean-Pierre Droz|
|Mint:||Soho Mint - View history|
From the mid-1780s Matthew Boulton hoped to win a contract from the British government to make copper halfpennies and farthings. This is one of the 'pattern' halfpennies that he minted at that time. (A pattern is a piece struck with designs that are being considered for a coin, but that in the end are never actually used). These particular designs were engraved by Jean-Pierre Droz, a Swiss engraver who worked for Boulton from 1788 to 1791.
|Purchased from the executors of C W Peck in 1969 with assistance from the V and A Purchase Grant Fund, Mint Birmingham Ltd (Ralph Heaton and Sons), Imperial Metal Industries (Kynock) Ltd, W A Cadbury Charitable Trust, John Feeney Charitable Trust and Birmingham City Corporation.|
|Reign:||King George III|
|Place of Origin:||Birmingham, Staffordshire, England|