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Ralph Heaton, Junior

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Ralph Heaton, Junior (1794-1862) of the Birmingham Mint

Son of Ralph Heaton

1817 On 2 December, Ralph Heaton, an engineer, inventor and businessman, conveyed to his son Ralph Heaton, Junior, land and buildings at 71 Bath Street, to enable him to develop a separate company. Ralph, Junior, engaged in brass founding, stamping and piercing. Brass chandeliers were made for the newly invented gas lighting and a "bats wing" burner patented. The business became Ralph Heaton and Sons.

1827 Birth of son Ralph Heaton III (1827-1891)

c.1833 Birth of son George Heaton

1850 on 29 April, Ralph Heaton, Junior bought four steam-powered screw presses and six planchet presses for making blanks from strip metal. These were installed at the Bath Street works, and in that year trade tokens were struck for use in Australia. The start of Birmingham Mint

1862 October. Died

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