Harriette Moore of Baldwin's forwarded information about the firm's upcoming Waterloo 200th Anniversary Auction, featuring a
reduced size bronze copy of Napoleon’s Death Mask (how cool is that)? Numismatists would be especially interested in a grouping of
Waterloo Medals by Benedetto Pistrucci.
Waterloo Medal, 1815, Copper Electrotype Medal, by Benedetto Pistrucci.
A Wonderful and Complete Collection of the Gutta Percha, Electrotypes and Electrotype Mould of Benedetto Pistrucci’s magnificent
In 1816 Pistrucci was asked to submit designs for the medal, which were to be struck in gold for allied sovereigns, their ministers and
generals. Although he produced preliminary designs quickly, work on the medal itself proceeded slowly then lapsed due to his rivalry with
others in the mint, and it was not until 1844, after many years of bitter negotiations over salary and status, that the work resumed.
The dies were only completed in 1849 by which time the four allied sovereigns had died. Difficulties in producing such massive dies
meant that they were never hardened and the only medals produced were extremely rare gutta percha impressions and electrotypes. The wax
model for the medal is in the Mint Museum in Rome and the dies are in the Royal Mint Museum. It remains one of the most iconic
commemorative medals in the British series.
1815, Silver-plated Copper Electrotype Waterloo Medal,
To read the complete catalog, see:
Wayne Homren, Editor
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