Jean-Pierre Droz

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Jean-Pierre Droz (1746 - 1823) was a coin and medal engraver born in Switzerland and trained in Paris. Droz was most known for engraving the Napoléon coin at the Paris Mint.

Cu-Pattern Halfpenny George III by Jean-Pierre Droz, struck in 1790 at Matthew Boulton's Soho Mint, with raised edge inscription: RENDER TO CESAR THE THINGS WHICH ARE CESARS

He was employed by the prominent English manufacturer and business man, Matthew Boulton (1728 - 1809) to improve Boulton's coin and medal quality.[1] However, he worked there for just two years.[2] In 1789, Droz devised a collar used to engrave the sides of coins and ensure a circular shape, and though it was unsuitable for large numbers of coins, it remained in use at the Soho Mint.[3]

He was a member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists.


  1. ^ Flynn, Brendan (2014). RBSA: A Place for Art: The story of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. Liverpool: Callprint. p. 52.
  2. ^ Dick, Malcolm; Quickenden, Kenneth; Baggott, Sally (2013). Matthew Boulton: Enterprising Industrialist of the Enlightenment. p. 134. ISBN 978-1-4094-2218-1.
  3. ^ "Droz's Collar". Soho Mint. Retrieved 22 June 2015.

External links[edit]

  • Jean-Pierre Droz in American public collections, on the French Sculpture Census website Edit this at Wikidata