Modern medallic tributes to Pistrucci's masterpiece abound

Royal Mint, private firms among those that have celebrated classic design
By , Coin World
Published : 05/20/15
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The following is the final segment from a feature article appearing in the June 2015 issue of Coin World Monthly:

Read earlier pieces of the feature:

Benedetto Pistrucci’s masterpiece took 30 years to complete, and then wasn't struck

Once completed, Waterloo medal design considered a masterpiece

In some respects the Waterloo Medal can still be considered incomplete. The dies are more than 5 inches in diameter, and are considered too large to be safely hardened for use, although impressions of the work have been made in soft metal or by electrotype and been sold by the Royal Mint.

In 1972, John Pinches (Medallists) Ltd. of London issued replica versions measuring 64 millimeters in diameter and 4 millimeters in thickness. These .925 fine silver medals weigh approximately 4.5 ounces. The edge lettering reads: WATERLOO JUNE 18, 1815-JP-1114.

In 1991, the Royal Mint decided to strike 63-millimeter replicas of the medal in gold, silver and bronze on the 175th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

To mark the 200th anniversary of the battle, multiple versions have been issued by a private firm.

London Mint Office, a division of European coin distributor SamlerHuset, has issued 12 versions total of six different Napoleonic medals, including the Waterloo Medal in three versions. Their issue is being coordinated through the U.K. government’s official Waterloo 200 anniversary celebrations and Worcester Medal Services (which created the official Diamond Jubilee medals for Queen Elizabeth II in 2012).

The London Mint Office’s silver-plated base metal Waterloo Medal weighs 400 grams, measures 88.9 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 1,815 pieces. These are sold for £297 each.

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