The TNA Medal depicts Naval Commander Edwin Ward Moore


The Texas Numismatic Association’s 2022 convention medal will represent Edwin Ward Moore, a naval officer who commanded the Republic of Texas Navy and participated in the Battle of Campeche in 1843.

Awarded for the organization’s 64th convention, to be held June 3-5 at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, Texas, the medal was designed by TNA Medals Officer Frank Galindo and will be offered in bronze and in silver.

Born in Virginia in 1810, Edwin Ward Moore entered the US Navy in 1825, rising to the rank of lieutenant in 1835. In 1839, he began recruiting US Navy sailors to serve in the Republic of Texas in violation of the Neutrality Act of 1819.; charges were brought against him and he resigned his commission to join the Texas Navy. He served as commander of the Texas Navy in the early 1840s.

The Republic of Texas allied with the Republic of Yucatan against the centralist Republic of Mexico in late 1841, and Moore was sent to support the Yucatan rebels. He was then tasked with blockading the Mexican coast. When the bankrupt Republic of Texas was unable to fund the fleet, the Republic of Yucatan offered to fund Moore’s fleet in exchange for his help in breaking the Mexican blockade of the Yucatan.

In the spring of 1843 Moore sailed on two ships, his flagship the sloop-of-war Austin and the brig Wharton, to break the blockade of the centralist government. On April 30, 1843, Moore broke through the blockade with the help of small ships from the Republic of Yucatan. Trapped in the city by two British-made iron-hulled steamships, Moore outfitted his ships with longer-range weapons. On May 16, his two ships and a number of Yucatan ships engaged the steamships.

Although Moore’s ships suffered structural damage, they inflicted major casualties on the British and Mexican steamship crews and returned to Galveston, where they were feted as heroes. Republic of Texas President Sam Houston was less than thrilled and had Moore court-martialed for piracy (amongst other things); Moore was acquitted of all major charges, and many Texas Navy officers resigned in solidarity with him.

Moore and his ships were listed on Republic of Texas paper money. British described the battle as “arguably the only battle ever won by sailing ships against steamships. It was also the last battle between ships with crews of British and American sailors from opposing sides.

After years of living in New York and legal wrangling over compensation for his service, Moore died in 1865.

In a phone interview, TNA Deputy Medal Officer Karla Galindo said there was “no special memorial purpose” for Moore’s inclusion and that the 2022 medal is the third to be commemorated. the Texas Navy one way or another.

Frank Galindo has designed all TNA medals since 1980. TNA issued its first convention medal in 1969.

Galindo’s design for the 2022 TNA Medal features Moore’s portrait with his flagship Austin behind him. Text listing the dates and location of the TNA convention, Moore’s name, his birth and death dates, REPUBLIC OF TEXAS NAVY encircle Moore and Austin. The reverse of the medal features the official seal of TNA.

Single bronze medals are priced at $7 each postpaid. Medal sets (a bronze version and a 1 ounce .999 fine silver version) are $45 for each set plus $4 per set for shipping and handling. If insurance is requested, there is an additional cost of $3 per set of medals.

Make checks or money orders payable to TNA.

Orders can be placed by contacting Frank Galindo, TNA Medals Officer, at PO Box 12217, San Antonio, TX 78212-0217.

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