1751-1804; b. Dublin, ed. Bluecoat School; apprentice to seal-cutter,
set up at 4 Bull lane; first medal struck for John Beresford in 1782;
prize medal for RIA, RDS, and Orange Association, etc.; used Wicklow copper
for coinage; d. 28 Jan., 68 Mecklenburgh St., Dublin. RR ODNB DIB
Sir John Gilbert, History of the City of Dublin (1972 rep. edn.),
Vol. III, Appendix VII & VIII, gives lists of medals struck by the
Mossops [an account apparently by Mossop Jr.; vide DIB]. Works of the
Elder include the Bantry Bay Medal, struck to commemorate the driving
off of the French Fleet, obverse, a troubled sea with ships in distress,
bearing the motto Afflavit Deus at dissipantur, with Jan.
MDCCXXCVII on the exergue. See also Richard Ryan, Biographia Hibernica:
Irish Worthies (1821), Vol. II, p.444.
other Irish coin-makers, the Woodhouses,
and Parkes; cited in WB Stanford, Ireland and the Classical Tradition
(IAP 1976; this ed. 1984). Note also that William Stephen (1788-1827),
projected a series of medals of distinguished Irishmen [ODNB].