Thomas Wyon the elder

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Thomas Wyon the elder (1767–1830) of the Wyon family was an English engraver of dies, who became Chief Engraver of the Seals.

Wyon family German-English die-engravers and medallists (c.1760–1962)

The Wyon family was an English family of traditional dye-engravers and medallists, many of whom went on to work in prominent roles at the Royal Mint or as engravers in a family die business. Starting from Peter George (II) Wyon who migrated to England from Cologne, Germany many subsequent descendants of have made notable contribution to British numismatics. Over the course of the 19th century two member of the family became chief engraver at the Royal Mint with many more involved in coin design.

A die is a specialized tool used in manufacturing industries to cut or shape material mostly using a press. Like molds, dies are generally customized to the item they are used to create. Products made with dies range from simple paper clips to complex pieces used in advanced technology.



He was the eldest of the four sons of George Wyon, an engraver. Around 1796, he went into business in Birmingham with his brother Peter, father of William Wyon, as a general die-engraver. They resided at Lionel Street in 1797. [1]

Birmingham Major city in the English Midlands, 2nd highest population of UK cities

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Peter Wyon (1797-1822) was an engraver of medals and coins. He was born into a family who had a long tradition of dye-engraving. He was the son of George Wyon, as well as the brother of Thomas Wyon, with whom he went into business for a short time. Both his nephew, Thomas Wyon, and his son, William Wyon, held the position of Chief Engraver at the Royal Mint.

William Wyon Chief Engraver of the Royal Mint

William Wyon, was official chief engraver at the Royal Mint from 1828 until his death.

Wyon engraved many dies for tokens, especially part of the Coventry series of buildings. From 1800 he carried on business in London, and on 30 September 1816 was appointed Chief Engraver of the Seals. He died on 18 October 1830 in Nassau Street, London. [1]

Exonumia numismatic items (such as tokens, medals, or scrip) other than coins and paper money

Exonumia are numismatic items other than coins and paper money. This includes "Good For" tokens, badges, counterstamped coins, elongated coins, encased coins, souvenir medallions, tags, wooden nickels and other similar items. It is related to numismatics, and many coin collectors are also exonumists.

Coventry City and Metropolitan borough in England

Coventry is a city, administrative centre and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England.


Wyon was the father of Thomas Wyon the younger, Benjamin Wyon, and Edward William Wyon the sculptor. [1]

Benjamin Wyon English engraver of seals and medallist

Benjamin Wyon was an English engraver of seals, and medallist.


  1. 1 2 3 Lee, Sidney, ed. (1900). "Wyon, Thomas (1767-1830)"  . Dictionary of National Biography . 63. London: Smith, Elder & Co.

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Sidney Lee 19th/20th-century English biographer and critic

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