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18th Century Proof Cartwheel 2d / Soho Mint, Birmingham

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1969N726
Collection:Coins & Medals
Date:1797 - 1797

Maker Information

Engraver:Conrad Heinrich Kuchler - View biography for Conrad Heinrich Kuchler
Manufacturer:Soho Mint - View history
Mint:Soho Mint - View history


This coin was made in 1797 by Matthew Boulton at his Soho Mint (in Handsworth, Birmingham). It is a proof coin, which means that it was struck from new, carefully polished dies on a specially
prepared blank. In this case the copper blank was gilded before the coin was struck. The reverse design, by Conrad Heinrich Küchler, is the first one to show Britannia holding a trident. Before this she had always held a spear.

Purchased from the executors of C W Peck in 1969 with assistance from the V and A Purchase Grant Fund, Mint Birmingham Ltd (Ralph Heaton and Sons), Imperial Metal Industries (Kynock) Ltd, W A Cadbury Charitable Trust, John Feeney Charitable Trust and Birmingham City Corporation.

Further Information

Reign:King George III
Production Period:Georgian
Material(s):Gilt copper
Denomination:2d - two pence
Place of Origin:Birmingham, Staffordshire, England

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Diameter:41 mm