Date added: 31 Mar 2017
Waterloo Medal of the Duchy of Nassau 1815
The Duchy of Nassau was an independent state between 1806 and 1866, located in what is now the German states of Rhineland-Palatinate and Hesse. It was a member of the Confederation of the Rhine and later of the German Confederation. Its ruling dynasty, now extinct, was the House of Nassau.
On 17 July 1806, the remaining counties of Nassau-Usingen and Nassau-Weilburg joined the Confederation of the Rhine. Under pressure from Napoleon I both counties merged to form the Duchy of Nassau on 30 August 1806, under the joint rule of Frederick Augustus, and his younger cousin Frederick William. At the Congress of Vienna, the Principality of Orange-Nassau was incorporated into the Duchy of Nassau.
For the Waterloo Campaign the Duke brought a force of 7,400 into the field, many of whom were seasoned veterans from the French armies of the Peninsular War.
This medal was established by Frederick Augustus, Duke of Nassau on 23 December 1815. 28.9mm in diameter and made of silver. Suspended by a blue ribbon with yellow borders.