The Battle of Waterloo, fought on June 18, 1815, near Waterloo in what is now Belgium, is considered by many to be the most famous battle in history.
The battle was fought in what was then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. The modern state of Netherlands has issued a series of 2015 coins commemorating the great battle.
One military hero of the battle was Prince of Orange (who would go on to become the Dutch King Willem II). The reverse design is based on his headdress, a bicorn, the two-cornered hat that was typical in military attire of the period.
The obverse portrays Netherlands’ current king, Willem-Alexander, uniting past and present.
The coins were designed by painter Marjolein Rothman.
An Uncirculated silver-plated copper €5 coin, a Proof .925 fine silver €5 coin and a Proof .900 fine gold €10 coin feature the Waterloo motif.
The Uncirculated coin weighs 10.5 grams, measures 29 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage of 250,000 pieces. In total, 15,000 are available in a descriptive coin card, with others issued at face value into circulation through PostNL post offices and Primera (a post office type store).
The Proof silver coin weighs 15.5 grams, measures 33 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 12,500 pieces.
The Proof gold coin weighs 6.72 grams, measures 22.5 millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 1,500 pieces.
Distributor Coin & Currency Institute offers the silver-plated copper coin for $19.50, the silver coin for $52.75 and the gold coin for $497. Add $5.75 per order for shipping and handling
Sales of the coins began May 19, but their release is set for June 15.
To order, visit the distributor’s website.
Several other numismatic commemorations honor Waterloo. Coin World reports on those pieces: