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William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington, by Benedetto Pistrucci, 1823 - NPG 6080 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Wellesley-Pole, 3rd Earl of Mornington

by Benedetto Pistrucci
bronze medal, 1823
2 in. (50 mm) diameter
Purchased, 1990
Primary Collection
NPG 6080


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Wellesley-Pole appointed Pistrucci to the Mint to work on the coinage, in his capacity as Master of the Royal Mint (1814-23). His colleagues commissioned this medal in recognition of his time in office. The portrait is accompanied by an inscription on the reverse, recording Pole's achievements: 'In honour of the noble William Wellesley Pole, Baron Maryborough, for nine years Master of Mint affairs, who not only restored British coinage to its former brilliancy but instituted a new and more beautiful one'.

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