Battle of Waterloo
William Wellesley Pole, Master of the Mint and Duke’s elder brother, 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 recoinage of 1816 so it was not until 1819 that preparatory wax models were submitted for approval. 30 years were to elapse before the dies were completed by which time all of the intended recipients had died, with the sole exception of Wellington. Electrotype copies were eventually produced by William Hamilton in 1852.
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