Battles that Changed History: Waterloo 2017 Niue 1oz Silver
The Battle of Waterloo took place in Belgium on 18 June, 1815. It ended the centuries old Anglo-French wars, the spectacular career of Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France and ushered in almost half a century of international peace in Europe.
There were three armies involved; the Prussian army under the command of Blucher, the Anglo-Dutch force under the command of Wellington and Napoleon’s army known as Armée du Nord. In a critical blunder, Napoleon waited until midday to give the command to attack in order to let the waterlogged ground dry. The delay gave Blucher’s troops time to join the fight. The battle, which included infantry, cavalry and guns, ended that evening with Napoleon and his army retreating in chaos. Wellington went on to serve as British Prime Minister.
The battle coined the expression “met his Waterloo”, meaning the person has suffered a decisive or final defeat or setback.
- Metal: 999 Fine Silver
- Finish: Antiqued/Coloured
- Weight: 1 troy oz
- Mintage: 5,000 each
- Diameter: 40mm
- Each comes with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
- Year of Issue: 2017
This dramatic second release features a coloured illustration of the victorious commander, Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, against a background featuring troops in battle. The coin cleverly combines colour and engraving, with an antique-finish.
Each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Country of Issue – Niue.
The coin and Certificate of Authenticity are encased in an antique-looking timber box. Theme themed outer box features an illustration of the battle imposed over antiqued paper.
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