This is a rare medal with great history behind it. This commemorative war medal was instituted by Elector (Kurfürst) Wilhelm II on 14 March 1821 to recognize Hessian soldiers who took part in the second and final round of the Napoleonic Wars 1814-1815. Inscribed on the edge is "AUS EROBERTEM GESCHÜTZ" which translates to "From captured cannon", indicating that the metal used for this decoration was from a cannon captured at Waterloo. The obverse shows the year dates 1814 and 1815 and the wording " ‘Gott brach des feindes Macht und Hessen ward befreit’, translating to God broke the enemy forces and Hessen was liberated. About 2.9cm in width. Fabulous item which is quite literally a piece of the Waterloo battle.