The Royal Mint has released a unique and special edition of Pistrucci’s Waterloo Medal – a masterpiece of minting art in all its glory – to mark the 200th anniversary of The Battle of Waterloo and pay tribute to those who never received this magnificent honour.
After the epic battle had finished raging The Royal Mint struck more than 37,000 Waterloo Campaign Medals to mark the bravery of those who fought in the conflict, and another accolade was commissioned; a second, splendid medal by the renowned engraver Benedetto Pistrucci.
This was to be presented to the heads of the allied countries and the commanders involved in the battle as a majestic tribute to great men, but tragically Pistrucci’s Waterloo Medal went unstruck in his lifetime and was never received by its intended recipients.
A life’s work of numismatic genius, the medal took Pistrucci 30 years to complete and once finished the design could not be struck because of its size, and all due to receive the medal had died.
Now you can finally own his original design, struck in fine silver with an 80mm diameter, carefully crafted by The Royal Mint where the vision was first conceived and perfected.
Pistrucci’s conceptual workings and original tools have been revisited by The Royal Mint in order to complete the medal, resplendent in all its glory and bearing the original inscriptions as wrought by the master engraver’s own hand – never before seen on a medal.