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THOMAS WYON (1792—1817)

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 879 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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THOMAS WYON (1792—1817), English medallist, was born at Birmingham. He was apprenticed to his father, the chief engraver of the king's seals, and studied in the schools of the Royal Academy, London, where he gained silver medals in both the antique and the life class; he also obtained a gold medal from the Society of Arts. He was appointed probationary engraver to the mint in 1811, and soon after engraved his medal commemorative of the peace, and his Manchester Pitt medal. In 1815 he was appointed chief engraver to the mint. His younger brother, Benjamin Wyon (1802—1858), his nephews, Joseph Shepherd Wyon (1836—1873) and Alfred Benjamin Wyon (1837—1884), and his cousin, William Wyon (179 1851), were also distinguished medallists.
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