Battle of Waterloo commemorative issued… by France!

bow - Battle of Waterloo commemorative issued… by France!This year will mark the bi-centennial anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815. But, despite Napoleon’s defeat taking place a distant 200 years ago, it seems that it is still a delicate subject for the French… or is it?

In March, Belgium planned to issue a €2 commemorative Waterloo coin in honour of the historic event. However, after 180,000 coins were minted with the design, France voiced such objection that Belgium destroyed the coins to avoid upsetting their neighboring country.

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But earlier this week Belgium crushed the French resistance by invoking a little-known European Union rule.  It allows countries to issue euro coins of their choice, provided they are in an irregular denomination – cue a new €2.50 coin – a first in Belgium.

The coin displays the Lion Hill memorial that marks the battle, with dotted-lines indicating the position of the troops when forces led by Britain and Prussia defeated Napoleon in the countryside near Brussels.


But, ironically, it was the French who issued one of the first Waterloo Commemoratives…

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Remarkably, the French State Mint issued a Battle of Waterloo Medal after Napoleon’s defeat in 1815. It was designed for sale in the British market by renowned French sculptor Emile Rogat, depicting a fallen eagle on the reverse, symbolising the French Army.

The eagle is encircled by four vultures to represent the victorious British, Prussians, Austrians and Dutch and the obverse features an official effigy of Napoleon. It became a piece of history, stored in the British Museum.

It’s a great time for collectors during huge anniversaries such as this, as there are so many fascinating coins and commemoratives issued. But perhaps it’s time France looked back at their own history before they complain again!

If you’re interested… st waterloo 200th bronze medal web images - Battle of Waterloo commemorative issued… by France!

You can actually own a replica of the 1815 French Medal now in the British Museum, reproduced using the original dies.

Click here to find out more…


  1. William McCoy on September 29, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    great news thanks so much, how will i go about doing this

  2. william mccoy on September 26, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Hi Terry
    i am having a lot of trouble finding any info on the Battle of Waterloo medals,,,,such as napoleon, emperor Francis 1, Tsar Alex 1 ,and King Frederick William 111, can you help

    • Terry Mc on September 28, 2015 at 11:18 pm
      • William McCoy on September 29, 2015 at 1:54 pm

        yes Terry that is what i want on a monthly payment ,can i arrange the dates to with you

    • Terry Mc on October 1, 2015 at 12:37 am

      I am not sure how you pay in monthly amounts on them. There is a blue pay now at the bottom right of the order form for £79 I think. I would request monthly payments by sending them an email.

      • Terry Mc on October 1, 2015 at 12:42 am

        Oh I see, you need to click the pay now button and start the process of ordering then you can get to the monthly payment at the checkout after requesting the free map. Hope this is of some help.

  3. Steven young on June 20, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Am interested off owning one Pls
    Also owning a 2.50 Belgium euro coin

  4. Terry Mc on June 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    What about the 2.50 Belgium Euro Waterloo coin, can we purchase that ?

    • Charlotte St Pierre on June 19, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Hi Terry
      Yes, you can!
      click here to have a look

      • Terry Mc on June 19, 2015 at 1:40 pm

        Many thanks Charlotte, have now ordered it 🙂

      • Charlotte St Pierre on June 19, 2015 at 2:38 pm

        You’re welcome 🙂

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