Conrad Heinrich Küchler

Conrad Heinrich Küchler (c. 1740 – 1810) was a German engraver who from 1793 until his death worked as a designer of coinage and medals for the manufacturer and mint owner Matthew Boulton.

British pre-decimal twopence 1797 obverse
The obverse of the "cartwheel" twopence designed in 1797 by Küchler.

Career

Küchler was born in Flanders around 1740.[1][2] He first came to England in March 1793, where he was employed as an engraver at the Soho Mint, owned by the notable manufacturer Matthew Boulton.[3] He was Boulton's sole artist for designing and die-cutting, and produced the designs for various coins, medals and tokens, including the copper "cartwheel" pennies and twopences, and medals depicting the Battle of Trafalgar, Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.[2][4] He designed at least three of the obverse portraits for the long reign of George III. He later left the Mint, but continued to be employed by Boulton's firm in London until his death.[2]

Küchler died in Handsworth in 1810.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Conrad Heinrich Küchler". Spencer Museum of Art. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c H. W. Dickinson (31 October 2010). Matthew Boulton. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-108-01224-9.
  3. ^ "Silver medal of the Execution of Marie Antoinette, by Conrad Heinrich Küchler". British Museum. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  4. ^ "The cartwheel penny and twopence of 1797". Royal Mint Museum. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
Preceded by
not recorded
Coins of the pound sterling
Obverse sculptor

1797
Succeeded by
Lewis Pingo
Preceded by
Lewis Pingo
Coins of the pound sterling
Obverse sculptor

1804
Succeeded by
Benedetto Pistrucci

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