1 Ounce Silver Round – Molon Labe w/Gonzales Cannon
Molon Labe, meaning “come and take them” is a traditional Greek phrase expressing defiance, believed to be spoken by the Spartan King Leonidas when the Persian armies demanded the surrender of their weapons.
The Gonzales Cannon was a Spanish-made, bronze artillery piece of six-pound caliber. The cannon was the object of great contention in late September and early October of 1835 between a Mexican military detachment from Bexar and Anglo-Celtic colonist. The cannon was requested in January of 1831 by the Gonzales colonists for protection against hostile Indians. The cannon was delivered in March of the same year. One of the colonists joked that the cannon was so small that when fired, about the only thing it did was start horse races. The name “Come and Take It” refers to the motto adopted by the Texian rebels. In October of 1835, a request was made for the cannons return by the Mexican military, but the Texians pointed to the cannon, which stood 200 yards away to their rear, and said, “there it is – come and take it.” The disagreement produced the battle of Gonzales, considered to be the first battle of the Texas Revolution.
This historical expression is commemorated in this one ounce Silver round.
- Contains: 1 oz. Troy of .999 Fine Silver
- Obverse: Traditional Spartan helmet over crossed spears. “MOLON LABE” above in English and below the helmet in Greek
- Reverse: Depiction of the Lone Star of Texas and the Gonzales Cannon with “COME AND TAKE IT” across the top, the year of release (2017), and 1 TROY OUNCE .999 FINE SILVER below.
- Weight: 1.00 troy ounce
- Purity: .999 fine
- Edge: reeded
- Diameter: 39 mm
- Thickness: 3.10 mm
- Design by: Mark Bogani