Texas Alamo 1 oz Silver Round
1934 marks the date when a most remarkable commemorative silver coin was first released by the U.S. Mint. This began a five-year dated release cycle of the Texas Centennial silver half-dollar. The 100th anniversary of Texas' 1836 declaration of independence from Mexico was celebrated in the release of this historic coin. It also honored the official establishment of the independent Republic of Texas, which soon followed the declaration. The 1933 Congressional bill authorizing the coin's production included these poignant words, “…in commemoration of the one hundredth anniversary in 1936 of the independence of Texas, and of the noble and heroic sacrifices of her pioneers, whose revered memory has been an inspiration to her sons and daughters during the past century.”
A Story of Liberty Won
Italian sculptor, Pompeo Coppini (1870-1957) designed the original commemorative half dollar. Although Italian born, he emigrated to the United States in 1896, poor, but overflowing with anticipation. His path finally led him from New York to Texas, where his work in sculpting found increasing popularity. His legacy ultimately far out-paced his early aspirations. Now a Texan and a highly accomplished artist, the U.S. Mint commissioned Coppini to produce the Texas Centennial silver half-dollar design.
The theme of the coin most certainly was that of Liberty. There are few stories told of the fight for independence more rousing than that of the history of Texas. Coppini understood this and brought into his design the key elements representing the final success of that struggle. Today, desiring to encourage a fresh retelling of that story to this generation, this stunning new silver round is released.
A Proud Legacy Retold
Now, some 85 years later, we proudly revisit the legacy of that fine commemorative coin! The release of this beautiful new Texas Alamo 1 oz Silver Round is based upon that highly prized historic coin. Remaining as true to the original design as possible, this new .999 silver round recaptures the spirit of celebration and honor that surrounded the Centennial release.
Remember The Alamo!
The obverse of the Texas Alamo 1 oz Silver Round prominently features the Angel of Victory centered in the foreground. Spreading her wings high, she rests one hand upon the Alamo Mission depicted in the background. Although history vividly recounts the costly Texian defeat suffered there, out of this great loss victory was soon won.
Shouting the battle-cry, “REMEMBER THE ALAMO!” Texian troops under General Sam Houston routed Mexican General Santa Anna's Army, securing complete victory at the Battle of San Jacinto. This ultimately led to the convening of the 1st Congress of the Republic of Texas. Stephen F. Austin served as Secretary of State for a brief time before his death. He was known as the “Father of Texas.” for his tireless and courageous efforts to assure Texas independence.
The effigies of both Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin are proudly displayed on either side of the Angel. Flowing in the background above the Angel are six flag staffs. These depict the six different national flags that have historically flown above Texas from 1519 to the present. These include the flags of Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States of America, and United States of America. A banner stretches across the flag staffs declaring a single word, LIBERTY. Inscriptions include “ONE TROY OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER” and “REMEMBER THE ALAMO.”
The reverse displays a proud eagle perched upon an oak branch, standing in defense of that liberty. The iconic Texas lone star fills the background. Inscriptions on either side of the eagle include “E PLURIBUS UNUM” and “IN GOD WE TRUST.” Fully encircling the rim are small 5-pointed stars.
This very special Texas Alamo 1 oz Silver Round release presents a wonderful retelling of the historic path leading to victory and independence for Texas. It is also a great way to include your children in a story that will excite even the youngest!
- Texas Alamo 1 oz Silver Round.
- Based on the original 1934-38 Texas Centennial Half Dollar.
- Contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Obverse: Features the Angel of Victory overshadowing the Alamo, with both Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin represented. The six national flags that have historically flown over Texas are depicted in the background.
- Reverse: Displays an eagle standing proud, perched on an oak branch, with a large lone star filling the background.