The second coin in the exciting new Battles That Changed History coin collection is the Battle of Waterloo 1oz Silver Coin.
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.
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.
The themed outer box features a black line art illustration of the battle imposed over an antiqued paper texture. Inside an antique-looking timber box opens to reveal the coin nestled in its black velvet interior with the uniquely numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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