Let me take you back to 1815…
The Master of the Royal Mint is William Wellesley Pole, the elder brother of the Duke of Wellington. He has recently appointed Benedetto Pistrucci as a Royal Mint engraver and Pistrucci has already completed his famous St. George and the Dragon design that still ordains the Sovereign today.
So when Pole was looking for someone to engrave a special commemorative medal to be given to Allied Sovereigns after the Battle of Waterloo, Pistrucci was his obvious choice.
But there was a problem…
Pistrucci, renowned for being a difficult character, believed that Pole had promised him the position of Chief Engraver. Yet as a foreigner he was not eligible. Pole and Pistrucci fell out.
But Pistrucci realised that once he finished the Waterloo medal the Royal Mint would be able to cut all ties. So he determined to drag the project out and not just for a few years – but for an incredible 30 years.
But there was a final twist…
Without question the final medal was one of the most magnificent pieces of medallic art ever seen. Yet there was one last problem. Pistrucci’s dies were so large that they proved impossible to harden.
The medal that had taken 30 years to complete was never actually made... UNTIL NOW.
Today, you can add an exact replica of this finely detailed medal to your collection.
In fact these pieces had to be specially cast, as, even today, Pistrucci's intricate design is too difficult to strike using traditional methods.
But the final piece, with its 70mm diameter and antique copper finish, truly reveals the mastery of the Royal Mint's greatest - the most troublesome - engraver.
Secure one of these fascinating medals and add a piece with a truly historic story to your collection today...
Pistrucci 'Waterloo' Replica Medal
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- Year of Issue: 2015
- Metal: Zinc Alloy
- Diameter: 70mm
- Weight: 120g
- Width: 5mm
- Finish: Antique Copper
- Edition Limit: 495