Gold and silver coins to be part of The New Waterloo Dispatch re-enactment

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19 June 2015
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A unique treasure chest of gold and silver coins will be included in The New Waterloo Dispatch, a ceremonial re-enactment of the journey that the Duke of Wellington's message of victory over Napoleon took from the Battle of Waterloo battlefield to the Prince Regent at St James's Square. ...
A treasure chest of gold and silver coins will give collectors, history fans and numismatists (coin collectors) the chance to own their own piece of Waterloo history.

Coin and medal experts, The London Mint Office along with medallists to the Queen, Worcestershire Medal Service, will be providing a unique treasure chest as part of The New Waterloo Dispatch, a ceremonial re-enactment of the journey that the Duke of Wellington's message of victory over Napoleon took from the Waterloo battlefield to the Prince Regent at St James's Square.

The Waterloo Treasure Chest will contain gold and silver medals and coins, all of which have historic significance relating to the Battle of Waterloo.

They travelled from the Waterloo battlefield on Friday 19 June, accompanying a presentation document celebrating the Battle of Waterloo's lasting legacy of peace and replicas of the two Imperial Eagles and Standards that were captured from the French armies and brought to London in the original Waterloo Dispatch.

The journey will be made by two accurately dressed re-enactors playing the roles of Major Henry Percy and Commander James White RN who carried the original victory message, travelling in a horse-drawn post chaise.

Once the Waterloo Treasure Chest arrives at St James's on Sunday 21 June, each medal and coin will receive a certificate signed by Sir Evelyn Webb-Carter and Tim Cooke, Co-Chairmen of Waterloo 200, to confirm that they travelled on the New Waterloo Dispatch to London, exactly 200 years after the original journey.

These limited edition medals and coins will then be available for purchase by the public, with a proportion of the sales being donated to Waterloo 200 to fund its ongoing education programme.

Amongst the historic products in the Waterloo Treasure Chest are:

• Benedetto Pistrucci's world famous Waterloo Medal made in pure 99.9% silver and weighing 2kg. Watch a video about the Pistrucci medal here.

• A £10 coin in pure gold, featuring the two opposing generals that fought at Waterloo - the Duke of Wellington and Napoleon Bonaparte - forms the centrepiece of the strictly limited edition Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC), which also includes the official Belgian stamp for the commemoration depicting the Iron Duke and will be stamped at the Waterloo battlefield on 18 June 2015, the 200th anniversary of the Battle.

• The Waterloo Campaign Medal, probably the most important British medal of all time, in both silver and bronze.

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James Deeny, Managing Director at The London Mint Office, said:
't's very exciting to have our Waterloo Treasure Chest on board The New Waterloo Dispatch. So far, the medals we have produced for the Waterloo bicentenary have really captured the imagination with hundreds of thousands ordering them to date. The limited number of coins and medals taking part on this historic journey will provide collectors with a one-off opportunity to buy a real piece of history.'

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