LYNCH, GERMYN

(fl. 1460-1479)

From A Dictionary of Irish Artists 1913

A goldsmith of London, appointed in 1460 Graver of the Puncheons and Master and Warden of the King's Mints in Ireland. He was granted a patent for the coinage of groats, half-groats, pennies, halfpennies and farthings to be issued at the various mints of Dublin, Cork, Drogheda, Limerick, Trim, Waterford and Wexford, and was authorized to make all manner of puncheons, irons, gravers, etc. In 1463 the Irish Parliament, sitting at Wexford, passed an Act confirming the patent and constituting Germyn Lynch "Master worker of our moneys and coins within our Castle of Dublin and within our Castle of Trim, and graver of the puncheons." In 1472 he was indicted for making light groats at Drogheda and deprived of his office; but in 1473, by an Act of Parliament in Dublin, he was made Master of the mint in Dublin during good behaviour. He was still Master in 1479. His mark, the letter G, appears on some of his coins.

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