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The Waterloo Medal

Maker:
Benedetto Pistrucci (Italian, 1783–1855, active England) (active mainly in England)
Date:
model begun 1819, electrotype produced 1849–52
Culture:
British
Medium:
Bronze electrotype
Dimensions:
Diameter: 5 1/4 in. (13.3 cm)
Classification:
Medals and Plaquettes
Credit Line:
Gift of Assunta Sommella Peluso, Ada Peluso, and Romano I. Peluso, in memory of Ignazio Peluso, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.109
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 554
The profiles are those of the monarchs whose allied forces defeated Napoleon: Frederick William III of Prussia, Alexander I of Russia, Francis II of Austria, and George III of England. Pistrucci's Waterloo Medal was and epic medallic achievement; because of its exceptional size and attention to detail, it took him thirty years to cut the steel dies from which only electrotype examples were struck.
Signature: Obverse: PISTRUCCI

Reverse: PISTRUCCI
Assunta Sommella Peluso ; and Ada Peluso ; Romano I. Peluso (until 2006; to MMA)
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