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Matthew Boulton and the Soho Mint: Copper to Customer by Dr Sue Tungate
March 28 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm£6.00
Matthew Boulton (1728-1809) was a globally important industrialist who introduced innovative minting practices at
his Soho Mint. This lecture describes the processes involved, from mining the copper to the delivery of products to the customer.
There was a shortage of small change towards the end of the 18thcentury, and Boulton strove to solve this problem, eventually obtaining customers all over Britain, including the British Government. He also made coins for the East India Company, and for Europe, Africa, the West Indies and America.
Boulton’s role in the copper industry, and how he obtained his raw materials; his expertise in steel making for dies, and the technology of his new steam-powered mint will be discussed.