In 1815, French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte was defeated at the Battle
of Waterloo by allied forces led by Britain’s Duke of Wellington and
Gen. Gebhart Blücher from Prussia.
The victory ended Bonaparte’s designs on domination of Europe.
The Royal Mint marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo
with a 2015 £5 coin.
The battle brought more than 20 years of conflict in Europe to an
end, and began almost 100 years of peace.
Sculptor, designer, artist and illustrator David Lawrence captures
the alliance between Wellington and Blücher on the reverse of the
coin, as the two military tacticians shake hands while mounted on
horses on the battlefield. A cannon in the background reflects the war
technology of the time.
The obverse of the coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of
Queen Elizabeth II, which is to be replaced in 2015.
The Royal Mint has begun selling Brilliant Uncirculated
copper-nickel examples of the coin.
The BU version weighs 28.28 grams and measures 38.61 grams in
diameter. It has an unlimited mintage. The coin is packaged in a
colorful, descriptive card and retails for £13. Proof and precious
metal versions are available in a range of annual collector sets, with
additional versions to be issued in the coming months.
To order the coin, visit the Royal Mint website.
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