BHM #662 - 1809


Death of Matthew Boulton
British Historical Medals 662 - 1809 British Historical Medals 662 - 1809
Obv. MATTHEW BOULTON / DIED AUGUST 17TH 1809 / AGED 81 YEARS.
Rev. Inscription within closed wreath IN / MEMORY / OF HIS / OBSEQUIES / AUGST 24TH / 1809.
AE 41 by the Soho Mint. AE N.
AM; BM; BMAG. E.P.M. 1888/86.
 
An entry in the Mint Memo Book has an entry for 23 August 1809 stating that some 530 'tokens' in memory of Mr. Boulton's decease and obsequies had been struck for distribution amongst Attendants and Workmen.'
   The Gentlemen's Magazine for 1809, p. 883, records that 'On Thursday the 24th August the funeral of Mr. Boulton took place at the parish church of Hansworth. A numerous and most respectable assemblage of his friends and upwards of 500 of his work people attended. To each of these and all other individuals who attended the funeral, a medallic token was presented, recording the age of the deceased and the day of his death.'
   See J. G. Pollard, 'Matthew Boulton and C. H. Küchler', Numismatic Chronicle, 1970, p. 311. See also note to No. 659.
from British Historical Medals, Volume 1, p. 163

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