Battle of Waterloo precious metal coins to be released by The Royal Mint

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18 May 2015
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imports_CCGB_coin-7-_13447.png Battle of Waterloo precious metal coins to be released by The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with precious metal editions of the Battle of Waterloo 2015 UK £5 coin. ...
The Royal Mint is to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo with precious metal editions of the Battle of Waterloo 2015 UK £5 coin,  in Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort, and Gold Proof finishes.

The Battle of Waterloo, which was fought in Belgium on 18 June 1815, saw French forces under the leadership of Napoleon defeated by a Coalition of six forces, including British and Prussian troops, commanded by the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard von Blucher. The outcome meant not only the end of Napoleon's rule as Emperor of the French, but a new era of peace for the continent, with no major war fought in Europe for the next fifty years.

THE COINS

This commemorative coin features a design by artist and sculptor David Lawrence, recording a ‘moment of accord’ between Wellington and Blücher, leader of the allied Prussian army, inspired by the 1861 painting by Daniel Maclise – ‘The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher after the Battle of Waterloo’.

This is David's second coin design for The Royal Mint. His first was selected to feature in the a six-coin set, the first in a five-year programme of commemoration that will tell the story of the First World War from Outbreak to Armistice.

Bearing the fifth portrait of Her Majesty The Queen by Jody Clark on the obverse, each coin is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity and a booklet that reveals details of the battle, the people involved and the lesser-known implications both for The Royal Mint and the world we live in today.

WATERLOO AND THE ROYAL MINT

While the culmination of the Battle of Waterloo didn’t bring peace for ever, it did set a significant precedent. Battle awards had previously only usually been given to military leaders, but after Waterloo, all men who fought left alive received the Waterloo Campaign Medal produced by The Royal Mint, overseen by Master of the Mint William Wellesley-Pole, brother of the Duke of Wellington.

Commenting on the history of Waterloo and The Royal Mint, Director of Commemorative Coin and Medals, Shane Bissett, said, 'The Battle of Waterloo has captured our interest for two centuries, and has left us with a lasting legacy, marking the start of named military campaign medal awards to ordinary servicemen and women.'

COIN DETAILS

Denomination: £5
Diameter: 38.61mm
Obverse designer: Jody Clark
Reverse designer: David Lawrence
Quality: Proof

To purchase the coins, visit The Royal Mint's website.

(Image copyright The Royal Mint)

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