The Texas Numismatic Association will issue its 2012 convention
medal on May 18, the opening day of the TNA’s 54th annual convention
and coin show, held in Fort Worth.
The obverse of the 2012 TNA medal features Spanish Gen. Bernardo
de Galvez, the Spanish Cross of Burgundy flag and a Texas longhorn.
The reverse of the medal shows the official seal of the TNA.
The medal was designed by TNA Medals Officer Frank Galindo of San Antonio.
The TNA selected Gen. Galvez for the medal in recognition of his
role as one of the most influential leaders aiding the American
colonists in their struggle for independence in 1776, notes a TNA
press release. Although Galvez’s role is left out of many history
books, according to the TNA, a few historians are beginning to
acknowledge his contributions to the American Revolution. The support
that he gave to George Washington and the American Colonists helped to
establish the United States of America, according to a TNA press release.
The city of Galveston was named in honor of Galvez. He was honored
with a bust at the site of Fort George in Florida and a U.S. postage
stamp was issued in 1980 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of
Galvez’s victory at Mobile, Ala. A statue of Galvez mounted on a horse
stands in Washington, D.C. A speech given on June 3, 1976, by King
Carlos I of Spain is engraved on the base of the statue, and reads in
part, “May the statue of Bernardo de Galvez serve as a reminder that
Spain offered the blood of her soldiers for the cause of American Independence.”
Orders may be placed for a silver and bronze medal set or single
bronze medals, by contacting Galindo via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail
at P.O. Box 12217, San Antonio, TX 78212-0217.
Single bronze medals are priced at $5.50 postpaid. Medal sets (one
bronze and one silver) are priced at $50 each set plus $4 per set for
postage and handling. If insurance is requested for the medal set, an
additional cost of $2 per set is charged. Make checks or money orders
payable to TNA. The medals will be mailed after the TNA convention.
Visit the TNA website at www.ccatech.com/tna/. ■