AN HISTORIC WATERLOO MEDAL. A PERSONAL GIFT TO GEN, MIGUEL de ALAVA of SPAIN by DUKE of WELLINGTON. LONDON 8th Jan, 1828.(Alava was the only person to fight against us at Trafalgar & with us at Waterloo)

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THE UNIQUE  “PRESENTATION” WATERLOO MEDAL.

A PERSONAL GIFT TO GENERAL MIGUEL de ALAVA of SPAIN

from

THE DUKE of WELLINGTON.

LONDON.  8th January 1828.

AN HISTORIC WATERLOO MEDAL. A PERSONAL GIFT TO GEN, MIGUEL de ALAVA of SPAIN by DUKE of WELLINGTON. LONDON 8th Jan, 1828.(Alava was the only person to fight against us at Trafalgar & with us at Waterloo)

This amazing medal was clearly always intended to be a special “Presentation” piece and it was not made with a normal clip and ring suspension in mind. The uniquely officially impressed dating, personalized naming and fond sentiments to General Alava which continue around 100% of the medal’s edge and would have been obstructed by the top clip had it been suspended in the normal way.  Edge punctuation is by use of the normal ‘star stops’ as used on a regular Waterloo Medal.

AN HISTORIC WATERLOO MEDAL. A PERSONAL GIFT TO GEN, MIGUEL de ALAVA of SPAIN by DUKE of WELLINGTON. LONDON 8th Jan, 1828.(Alava was the only person to fight against us at Trafalgar & with us at Waterloo)

AN HISTORIC WATERLOO MEDAL. A PERSONAL GIFT TO GEN, MIGUEL de ALAVA of SPAIN by DUKE of WELLINGTON. LONDON 8th Jan, 1828.(Alava was the only person to fight against us at Trafalgar & with us at Waterloo)

AN HISTORIC WATERLOO MEDAL. A PERSONAL GIFT TO GEN, MIGUEL de ALAVA of SPAIN by DUKE of WELLINGTON. LONDON 8th Jan, 1828.(Alava was the only person to fight against us at Trafalgar & with us at Waterloo)

 

 




THE HISTORICAL SITUATION
LEADING TO THE PRESENTATION OF THE MEDAL.
 Frederick Robinson, Viscount Goderich resigned his post as British Prime Minister on 8th January 1828.

 King George IV had for some time been trying to convince The Duke of Wellington, much against his own wishes, to become Prime Minister when the position next became available, so upon the resignation of Viscount Goderich, Wellington found himself almost automatically in the position of being the de-facto

Prime Minister.

 

On the morning of 8th January 1828 Wellington had the customary audience with King George IV, where, after the many previous requests from the King, he finally accepted the Prime-ministerial position.

He officially gaining the office on 22nd January 1828.

 

Wellington’s great friend General Don Miguel Ricardo de Alava accompanied him to the audience with The King. Having just arrived in England a few days earlier, as an exile from the personally dangerous current regime in Spain, General Alava was introduced to the King as a close friend of The Duke and as a greatly loyal ally of Great Britain who had served the British Crown with great distinction at The Battle of Waterloo.  No previous or ‘normal’ award of the Waterloo Medal relating to General Alava’s service during the  campaign is recorded and it is thought that during the Royal audience Wellington requested the permission of the King to have struck and impressed that very day at The Royal Mint a “SPECIAL” WATERLOO MEDAL for General Alava in recognition of his great personal friendship, loyalty and service to the Crown.
Here we have that very medal which is officially impressed in the Royal Mint's standard and classic style.

A FABULOUS PIECE OF UNEQUALED RARITY & IMPORTANCE OFFERED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE 200th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR IN 2015

£22,550 with part-exchanges welcome.

 

AN HISTORIC WATERLOO MEDAL. A PERSONAL GIFT TO GEN, MIGUEL de ALAVA of SPAIN by DUKE of WELLINGTON. LONDON 8th Jan, 1828.(Alava was the only person to fight against us at Trafalgar & with us at Waterloo)

AN HISTORIC WATERLOO MEDAL. A PERSONAL GIFT TO GEN, MIGUEL de ALAVA of SPAIN by DUKE of WELLINGTON. LONDON 8th Jan, 1828.(Alava was the only person to fight against us at Trafalgar & with us at Waterloo)
£22,550

THIS FABULOUS WATERLOO MEDAL WAS A PERSONAL GIFT TO GENERAL MIGUEL de ALAVA of SPAIN by DUKE of WELLINGTON in LONDON on 8th January 1828.(General Alava was the only person to fight against us at Trafalgar and with us at Waterloo)