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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    M.5120

  • Description

    Bronze medal.(obverse) Draped bust of Matthew Boulton, hair in queue, right.
    (reverse) Inscription in five concentric circles arranged around a head within rays. Another inscription on a wide border around.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1798
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 41 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        obverse
      • Inscription Content

        MATT. BOULTON ESQR F.R.S.LN . & ED.F.R.I & A.S.
      • Inscription Comment

        On a wide border around.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        (400) M. BOULTON ERIGEA A SOHO ANGL: 1788 UNE MACH: A VAPEUR PR : FRAP : MONN:
      • Inscription Comment

        On a wide border around.
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        reverse
      • Inscription Content

        (480) 1798 . IL ER: UNE BIEN SUPERIEURE A 8 BALANCIERS NOUVEAUX .
        (560) CES CERC: & CHIF: MARQ: LE DIAM: & NO: DE PIECES FRAP : P : MIN :
        (640) P : 8 ENFANS SANS FATIG : DU PL : PET OU PL : GR : VOLUME .
        (720) OU DE 8 DIFF : GRAND : ENSEMBLE . ON PEUT
        (800) AUGM : L'EFF : AU DEG : NECESS . (920)
      • Inscription Translation

        (400) Matthew Boulton erected at Soho, England in 1788, a steam powered machine to strike money
        (480). In 1798 he set up a much better one with eight new 'balanciers'
        (560). These circles and numbers indicate the diameter and number of pieces struck per minute
        (640) by eight children without fatigue of the smallest or the greatest volume .
        (720) or of 8 combinations one can (800) increase efficiency to the necessary degree
        (920).
      • Inscription Comment

        In the field.
  • Curator's comments

    Brown 1
    The growth of his factory and the increased need for motive power induced Boulton to direct his attention to the steam engine. With the help of James Watt he was able to make use of steam power for his new coining machine and in 1788 a number of presses were set up at Soho to be worked by that method.

    This medal was produced by Boulton to record the effectiveness of his machine and also to serve as a public record of his various improvements since he feared they would be claimed by the French. See J. G. Pollard, Matthew Boulton and Conrad Heinrich Küchler, 'Numismatic Chronicle', 1970, p. 295, No. 27.

    This medal is believed to have been struck at the Soho manufactory c. 1803. Presumably it was intended for the French market.

    Bibliography: Grueber, H. A., English Personal Medals for 1760, 'Numismatic Chronicle', third series vol. VIII, 1888/83.

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  • Bibliography

    • Brown 1 p113.462 bibliographic details
    • Pollard 1970 p295 No.27 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G68/15/1

  • Associated names

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: Matthew Boulton's New Machinery for Striking Coins, 1798
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Coins & Medals

  • Registration number

    M.5120

  • Additional IDs

    • HSBC.1702 (Money Gallery Exhibited)
  • C&M Catalogue number

    • MB3p113.462

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