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18th Century Pattern Halfpenny / Soho Mint, Birmingham

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1969N642
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1790 - 1790

Maker Information

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.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Material(s):Copper alloy
Currency:Great Britain
Place of Origin:Birmingham, Staffordshire, England

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Diameter:31 mm