The Texas Centennial Half Dollar was struck to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Texas declaring independence from Mexico during the Battle of the Alamo. It boasts some of the most intricate details found on a single coin.
On the obverse, an Eagle is seen perched on a branch in front of a five-pointed star, the symbol of Texas. UNITED – STATES – OF – AMERICA is placed around the periphery of the coin, with HALF DOLLAR bellow, as well as the mottos IN GOD WE TRUST, and E PLURIBUS UNUM. The reverse is even more spectacular and was one of the most complicated and intricate designs of the entire commemorative series. The main feature of the reverse is a kneeling goddess Victory with an olive branch in her right hand, and her left resting on the Alamo. Above is the word LIBERTY on a scroll, behind which are six flags. Beneath Victory’s wingtips are portraits of Texas war heroes Sam Houston and Stephen Austin. THE TEXAS INDEPENCE CENTENNIAL and REMEMBER THE ALAMO encircle the design. The reverse is almost completely made up of design elements.
Initial mintage was fairly high with 205,000 pieces but waning demand meant that many were sent back for melting. Of the original number, roughly 61,000 coins remained, all from the Philadelphia Mint.
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