William Henry James Blakemore

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William Henry James Blakemore (1871, in West Midlands Birmingham, England – 1945) was an English engraver, and medallist at the Royal Mint London.[1] Signature: WHJB

Life[edit]

William Blakemore was born 1871 in Warwickshire West Midlands Birmingham, England in June 1871. Ten years later he lived with his parents James Blakemore and Mary Ann in Buckingham near London. In September 1900 William Blakemore married in Birmingham Beatrice Blanch. In September 1901 their only child L.W. Blakemore was born in London-Lewisham. William Blakemore died on 29 January 1945 at his home in South Croydon Surrey.[2]

Work[edit]

  • 1900: William Blakemore starts an engraver position at the Royal Mint London. This turned out to become his lifelong employment.
  • 1924: Promotion to Special Craftsman at the Royal Mint
  • 1931: Retirement during the depression. After his retirement Blakemore continued providing specialised medallist services to the Royal Mint London on a part-time basis.

During his long career with the Royal Mint William Blakemore was the craftsman for the engraving of master dies for the Royal Mint London, and other Royal Mint branches, like the Royal Canadian Mint. He also engraved the designs for the first Australian coins of 1910.[3][4]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Paul M Holland- Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia 2009 (2010), 43 – 57. Retrieved 24 December 2013
  2. ^ Verheyen, T. Vincent – The engraver: William Henry James Blakemore(1871–1945), in: The Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine, June 2009, pages 46–51.
  3. ^ Paul M Holland. "Master dies and tools from the Royal Mint for Australian pennies and halfpennies of George V" (PDF). Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  4. ^ Verheyen, T. Vincent – The engraver: William Henry James Blakemore(1871–1945), in: The Australasian Coin & Banknote Magazine, June 2009, pages 46–51.