These two medals were obtained several years ago. One appears to be
brass and features the Garza Mint. The other appears to be silver,
with the obverse showing the Texas World’s Fair and the 250th
anniversary of San Antonio. I have searched several sources, trying to
learn more information regarding their issue and value.
These medals were issued on the occasion of the Texas Numismatic
Association’s 10th anniversary convention in 1968.
Two different obverse designs were paired with one common reverse
design that depicts the Alamo.
One obverse portrays the Texas World’s Fair, called “HemisFair
’68,” held in San Antonio from April 6 to Oct. 6, 1968. The fair
coincided with San Antonio’s 250th anniversary.
The other obverse honors the 150th anniversary of the Garza Mint,
a mint established in 1818 in San Antonio under Spanish rule.
Frank Galindo, the Texas Numismatic Association’s Medals Officer,
writes: “These medals from 1968 are not official Texas Numismatic
Association (TNA) medals. They were issued by the local coin clubs in
San Antonio when they hosted the tenth TNA convention. TNA was not
involved with this medal project; therefore, they are not official TNA
medals. These medals were designed, struck, issued, and sold by the
local clubs, not TNA. TNA has no records about these medals because
they were not issued by TNA. The following year, in 1969 at the
eleventh convention, TNA decided to begin issuing their first
From two 1968 Coin World articles, it is recorded the
medals were struck by Cajun Coins of Mandeville, La., and issued in
four compositions: gold, silver, copper-nickel and bronze. In
addition, 23 test strikings were struck in lead, presented to Dr.
William A. Burns of San Antonio’s Witte Museum.
According to Coin World, only 25 two-piece sets of the
.999 silver medals were struck. The article also says that a “limited
number” of the gold medals were struck. The story does not mention the
number of copper-nickel or bronze pieces, but it is likely their
mintages would be greater than the number of gold and silver pieces.
It is difficult to precisely value these pieces today. A bronze
version featuring the Garza Mint was being offered for sale on eBay
for a buy-it-now price of $42.95. A copper-nickel version of the same
medal is listed at $4.99.
Values of silver and gold examples would likely be based upon
their precious metal content.
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