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2002 - The Duke of Wellington - Commemorative Coin

This coin marks the 150th anniversary of the death of the Duke of Wellington, a great military leader and statesman.

His reputation had been assured by his victory over Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815. The victory not only marked the end of Napoleon's military adventures, but brought peace to Europe for the next hundred years. Queen Victoria spoke for the nation when she sadly reflected after his death "To think that all of this is gone, and that this great and immortal man belongs now to history".

The coin, designed by Willem Vis, shows in the foreground a portrait of the Duke of Wellington taken from a painting by Benjamin Haydon at Walmer Castle in 1839. The background features Walmer Castle where the duke died on 14 September 1852.

The obverse of the coin features the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Raphael Maklouf.

This coin is currently available in £5 Cupro-Nickel.