|The master carpenter,|
|Mr. Davenport, master joiner,|
|Mr. Kingwood, master carver,|
|Mr. Philips, master mason,|
|Mr. Thomas Simon, chief graver of the mint.|
|1 "In 1651, P. Blondeau produced some pieces exquisitely coined by the mill and
screw, and impressed with letters or graving on the rim or edges ; the engraver employed in making the dyes being the famous Simon."—Folke's Introd. Coins, p. 96. Leake's Engl. Money, 8vo. Snelling, p. 34. Ruding's Hist. Coinage, vol. ii. p. 330. Pinkerton's Coins and Medals, vol. ii. 172.|
Pepys, in his Memoirs, p. 181, speaking of the coinage in 1660, observes, "Blondeau will shortly come over, and then we shall have it better, and the best in the world."
1663. "Dined with us Mr. Slingsby of the mint, who showed us all the new pieces, both of gold and silver, that were made for the king, by Blondeau's way : and compared them with those made for Oliver. The pictures (heads) of the latter were all made by Simon, and of the king by one Rotyr, above the others; and indeed I think they are better, because the sweeter of the two ; but upon my word, those of the Protector are more like in my mind than the king's, but both very well worth seeing."—P. 207.
At G. Vertue's sale in 1757, Oliver's crown, half-crown, shilling, and sixpence of the Commonwealth, produced only 1l. 16s.—Priced Catalogue. From Blondeau's dye.—D.
2 It is not easy to distinguish the houses built by Webbe or Carter, from Jones's designs, on account of their near resemblance, excepting by some decisive document.—D.