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18th Century Cartwheel Penny, 1797

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1969N780
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1797 - 1797

Maker Information

Maker:Soho Mint - View history


The first copper coins that Boulton minted for the British Government are know as 'cartwheels', because of their large size and raised rims. The Soho Mint struck 500 tons of these penny and twopenny pieces in 1797, and issued further copper coins for the Government in 1799, 1806 and 1807. All together the Mint produced over 600,000 worth of copper official English coinage as well as seperate copper coins for Ireland and the Isle of Man.

Purchased from the Executors of Charles Wilson Peck.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Denomination:1d (Penny)
Currency:Great Britain
Place of Origin:Birmingham, Staffordshire - originally, England

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Diameter:36 mm