In 1860, a group of Texas Rangers defeated a band of Comanche in what is known as the Battle of Pease River. 24 years before the battle, a Comanche raiding party attacked a family of Texan settlers and kidnapped a young girl names Cynthia Parker. The grief-stricken family spent nearly all of their money looking for her. On the day of the Battle of Pease River, the Texas Rangers noticed that one of the Comanche women they captured had blue eyes. The woman, who didn’t speak a word of English, was determined to be Cynthia Parker by the rangers, a belief later confirmed by Cynthia’s uncle. This 1860 half eagle, minted in Charlotte, may have been part of the Parker fortune that was spent in search of their missing daughter.