The penultimate day in our British Pobjoy Mint catchup week features the only two-coin set to be covered and it’s one that joins the growing commemorations for one of historys most important, and well knowns battles, Waterloo. There have been some fine coins already released from the Royal Mint, including a spectacular Pistrucci-designed medallion, and the Pobjoy Mint debuted a fine Napoleon coin just a couple of months ago. Belgium skirted around the absolutely ludicrous protestations of the French government, by changing the face value and issuing their own design as a commemorative, in what can only be described as a hypocritical and farcical episode. What was a minor coin release became headline news over Europe and France made an issue out of nothing.
We’ve already talked about Waterloo in those previous posts, but suffice to say, it’s a battle with widespread popular interest, and that makes an excellent subject for a coin. Pobjoy have made a fine decision making this a two-coin set, and the mirrored orientation of the portraits so that they can face each other was a nice touch. Issued for the Isle of Man and thus carrying a denomination of One Crown each, the obverse features the usual effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Each coin is available seperately at £58.29 plus tax, or with a small discount as a two-coin set for £115.83 plus tax. Both are one-ounce coins struck in sterling silver, with a total mintage of 10,000 pieces.