Battle of Waterloo, The Waterloo Medal
William Wellesley Pole, Master of the Mint and the elder brother of the Duke of Wellington, invited designs from the Royal Academy for a gold medal intended to be given to the rulers of the Alliance, their generals and senior ministers. The Prince Regent, however, approved the design submitted by Pistrucci, an engraver at the Mint. Pistrucci was much involved with the new coinage of 1816 and it was not until 1819 that preparatory wax models were submitted for approval. Amazingly thirty years were to elapse before the dies were completed, by which time all of the intended recipients of the medal, with the sole exception of Wellington, had died. Electrotype copies were eventually produced by William Hamilton in 1852.
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