Death of Matthew Boulton
Matthew Boulton (1728-1809), Fellow of the Royal Society, entrepreneur, engineer and mechanical inventor, born at Birmingham, was apprenticed in early life to his father's business of a silver stamper and piercer. At his father's death in 1757, with a view to extending his business, he founded the Soho Manufactory which soon became renowned for the fine quality of the work executed there, and later, with James Watt, the Soho Foundry for the manufacture of steam engines. A medal of 1798 records the rapidity of his coining machines. In the preparation of his dies Boulton employed the most skilful artists, both English and foreign. In the scientific world he held a prominent place, and was a fellow of the Royal Societies of London and of Edinburgh. His house at Soho was a meeting place for scientific men.The reverse inscription on this medal is taken from the mural monument erected in Handsworth church. The obverse is taken from Rouw's wax of 1803. See J. G. Pollard, Matthew Boulton and Conrad Heinrich Kuchler, 'Numismatic Chronicle', 1970, p. 312.
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