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86/316 Medal, 10th anniversary of death of Matthew Boulton, bronze, engraved by F Pidgeon, made at Soho Mint, Birmingham, England,1819. Click to enlarge.

10th anniversary of death of Matthew Boulton medal

Made by Pidgeon, F in England, 1819.

It is very appropriate that this medal was struck to commemorate the life of Matthew Boulton, as he was the person who did most to introduce modern industrial techniques to the making of coins and medals. An entrepreneur with wide interests, he also modernised other industries and is best known for his partnership with James Watt. The firm of Boulton and Watt designed steam engines that were much more efficient than earlier ones and developed the first successful rotative engines for turning mac...

Summary

Object No.

86/316

Object Statement

Medal, 10th anniversary of death of Matthew Boulton, bronze, engraved by F Pidgeon, made at Soho Mint, Birmingham, England,1819

Physical Description

Medal, 10th anniversary of death of Matthew Boulton, bronze, engraved by F Pidgeon, made at Soho Mint, Birmingham, England, 1819

Round bronze medal commemorating the 10th anniversary of the death of Matthew Boulton. The obverse has a central effigy of the head and shoulders of Matthew Boulton in 18th century dress with the surrounding legend 'MATTHAEVS BOVLTON'. The engraver's name is underneath the profile. The reverse has a wreath of olive leaves and the legend 'INVENTAS / AVT QVI VITAM / EXCOLVERE PER / ARTIS'. This is a partial quote from the poet Virgil; the longer version can be translated as 'men who have ennobled life by their discoveries in the arts, or who have earned by merit the remembrance of others.'

The medal's rim is raised. The legend on the edge is 'PATRIS AMICIS M.R.B. CI)I)CCCXVIIII', which can be translated as 'to the friends of his father'. The initials stand for Matthew Robinson Boulton, son of Matthew.

Marks

Engraver's name under profile 'PIDGEON F'

Dimensions

Depth

7 mm

Production

Notes

The medal was commissioned by Matthew Robinson Boulton, engraved by F Pidgeon and struck at Soho Mint in Birmingham.

Reference
Dickinson H, 'Matthew Boulton', Cambrudge University Press, 1936, p 159.

History

Notes

The medal would have been presented to one of Matthew Boulton's friends by Matthew Robinson Boulton. Versions made for sale to the public did not have the inscription around the edge.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1986

Acquisition Date

4 March 1986

Cite this Object

Harvard

10th anniversary of death of Matthew Boulton medal 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 20 January 2020, <https://ma.as/62359>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/62359 |title=10th anniversary of death of Matthew Boulton medal |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=20 January 2020 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}
This object is currently on display in Boulton and Watt Engine at the Powerhouse Museum.

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