Lot 3371815 The Waterloo Medal in Silver Issued by...

Auction Date: 6/07/2017 at 10:30 am

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1815 The Waterloo Medal in Silver Issued by The Waterloo Committee this medal was engraved by Benedetto Pistrucci to commemorate the victory of the Allies at the battle of Waterloo in 1815. The obverse shows the conjoined busts of the Prince Regent (later George IV), Francis II of Austria, Alexander I of Russia and Frederick William III of Prussia; around allegorical and mythological allusions to the Treaty of Peace which resulted from the battle. The reverse shows the two equestrian figures of Wellington and Blucher being guided to the conflict by Victory; around are figures symbolizing the battle of the giants. This is a framed reproduction of the full-sized medal in silver, taken from the original dies, made by the authority of the Waterloo Committee in 1975. It is number 228 of a limited edition, the silver mark is LH (probably Stuart Devlin silversmith).The diameter is 133 mm and dimensions of the frame are 39 cm x 24.5 cm. Note: The Waterloo medal was commissioned in 1815 by the Duke of Wellington to mark the end of the Napoleonic wars, but was never produced, its mammoth dimensions and the complexity and intricacy of its design meant it took 30 years to finalize the dies needed to make it. By the time Pistrucci had completed the work, all the sovereigns of Britain, Austria, Russia and Prussia, most notables and Generals who had been due to receive the medal had died, only the Duke of Wellington remained alive. Britain has belatedly honoured the nations in 2015 which defeated Napoleon at Waterloo with these huge commemorative silver medals, nearly 200 years after the awards were first commissioned. Ambassadors from Austria, Russia and Germany were given the medal at a ceremony at Apsley House, Wellington's London home at Hyde Park Corner. The Queen received one later

Hammer Price: £300.00

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