The Texas Ranger division of state law enforcement is the state’s oldest police and military force. Founded with just 10 men in 1823 by Stephen F. Austin, the Rangers’ initial duty was to protect American settlers moving west into Texas following Mexico’s victory over Spain in its war of independence. The 2 oz Silver Texas Ranger Wagon Wheel Badge Round is now available to you for purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of protective plastic flip!
- One of three available options with the Texas Ranger Wagon Wheel design!
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Obverse depicts the Rangers’ original badge.
- Reverse includes the design of the Mexican 5 Peso silver coin.
- Antique finish.
- Design created by Mark Bogani.
Texas has a long history as a part of Mexico following that nation’s independence, its own period of independence from Mexico as the Republic of Texas, and of course as one of the largest states in the United States. Throughout all of that history, the Texas Rangers have been there guarding the people of the Lone Star State.
In 1889, the Texas Ranger division commissioned its first-ever badge using the Mexican 5 Peso silver coin as the surface upon which their iconic Wagon Wheel Badges were struck. Given the limitations of production and coining at the time, those original Wagon Wheel Badges were no doubt crafted by gunsmiths, jewelers, and other craftsmen.
On the obverse of the 2 oz Silver Texas Ranger Wagon Wheel Badge Round you’ll find an accurate depiction of those original badges. The five-point star is the spoke in the wagon-wheel design, with “Co.A” for Company A of the Texas Rangers engraved in the middle of the star. The star itself represents the Lone Star of the State of Texas. When it was an independent republic, the Texas flag had but one star to represent its one state. The modern state maintains that same flag today.
The reverse of the Silver Texas Ranger Wagon Wheel Badge Round pays homage to the surface upon which those first badges were struck. The Mexican 5 Peso silver piece was widely available in the region at the time, and its Mexican coat of arms image featured prominently on the reverse of those badges.
Each one of these Wagon Wheel Badges from Intaglio Mint is available inside protective plastic, with an antique polish applied. This polish helps the badge maintain an Old West look, while also helping to highlight the intricate elements in the design.
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