Thursday, April 19, 2007

National Coin Week - Celebrating Texas History - Republic of Texas Currency on Display at Sterling Bank

The 84th annual National Coin Week, April 15-21, celebrates the hobby of coin collecting and the debut of the Presidential $1 Coin Program with the theme "The Presidents Are Coming!" With the U.S. Mint honoring our Nation's Presidents by issuing $1 circulating coins featuring the images of the Presidents in the order they served, the Texas Numismatic Association is expanding the emphasis on history by including the Presidents of Texas whose signatures graced the money of the Republic of Texas.

Each year, during the third week of April, the American Numismatic Association (ANA) celebrates National Coin Week with exhibits, presentations and activities to educate the public about the joys of collecting and studying coins and paper money. This year, the ANA event coincides with the San Jacinto Day celebration on April 21, which celebrates the 171st anniversary of Texas Independence. In a joint effort, members of the Texas Numismatic Association and the Bellaire Coin Club collaborated with the Dallas Historical Society, the Friends of the San Jacinto Battleground and Sterling Bank to create a historical artifact and paper money exhibit on the Republic of Texas 1836-1846. In addition to celebrating Texas Independence, the exhibit features Presidents Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar and Mexican President Santa Anna. The exhibit includes a virtually complete collection of each of the six different series of paper money used during the era of the Texas Republic from 1836-1845.

The exhibit is currently on display in the lobby of Sterling Bank, 840 Gessner at Barryknoll in the Memorial area in Houston, Texas and will be open to the public from 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday until May 4, 2007. Visitors to the exhibit may also obtain the Presidential Dollar coins at the bank. This is Sterling Bank's 6th annual Republic of Texas exhibit which celebrates Texas history. It includes pristine examples of the paper money signed by Presidents Houston and Lamar, many of which were issued while the City of Houston was the capital of Texas from 1837-1839. The last pieces were withdrawn from circulation in Texas annexation by the United Sates in 1845. This is the largest and most comprehensive exhibit of money of the Republic of Texas assembled in Houston during modern times.

In addition to the paper money, the historical treasures include original manuscript documents from the period of the Texas Revolution and original artifacts taken from Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, the Mexican President who was captured following the Battle of San Jacinto. Other artifacts include the Mexican General's silver spurs, his vest, an original signed Mexican military order and a pennant Swallowtail Flag which was captured after the victory at San Jacinto.

National Coin Week is sponsored by the American Numismatic Association, the largest non-profit educational organization dedicated to educating and encouraging people to study and collect money and related items. The ANA helps all people discover and explore the world of money through its vast array of programs including education, museum, library, publications, conventions and seminars. For more information about the ANA, call 719-632-2646 or visit

Article submitted by James P. Bevill - Texas Numismatic Association - 1st Vice President.

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