I create custom badges from 1947 and 1948 Mexican cinco pesos coins which are 90% solid silver (0.900 fine silver). I make badges for local, state, and federal law enforcement officers both current and retired, law enforcement spouses, as well as for persons in the fields of medicine, law, and numerous other occupations including civilians.
I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1990 and have been an artist and photographer for many years. From 1986 to 1996, I was also employed as a police officer in Texas.
The Texas Rangers are the oldest law enforcement group in the United States. The first badges worn by Texas Rangers were made at the individual requests of the Rangers themselves. They were and are made from silver Mexican coins by skilled craftsmen such as jewelers, blacksmiths, gunsmiths, and others skilled in metalwork.
The badges came to be from the needs of Rangers to identify themselves as law enforcement officers. For many years, Rangers wore a variety of badge styles as there was no single accepted style. Beginning in 1935 the Texas Rangers were finally designated an official badge made from the 1947 or 1948 Mexican cinco peso.
The coin features the last Aztec Emperor Cuauhtemoc on one side and the Mexicos national coat of arms on the other. The badge is slightly domed with a star in the middle of a circular band and a very detailed design. The Texas Rangers continue to proudly wear the cinco peso badge today.
Each badge is a work of art, highly respected, and known around the world.
I continue the tradition of making custom cinco peso badges and will make you a custom badge from the very same same coins used to make a Rangers badge.
I offer a variety of styles and can customize your design for you. Your cinco peso badge will become a family heirloom to be handed down for generations to come. Now you can wear the cinco peso with pride too.
Each badge is made one at a time by hand. I am the only person involved in the creation of each badge. I complete every step from filing off and polishing the coin, to the last steps of engraving the fine detailing and final polishing resulting in it now being a badge. Every step and process must be completed in order and is absolutely essential in transforming a 70 year old coin into a badge which the owner is proud to wear and display.
The cost of a badge is $175.00 including the cinco peso coin. Specific requests or alterations in design could cause an increase in pricing.
Working in a noisy shop makes it impossible to talk on the phone. Please feel free to call and leave a message, text, or send an email. I will be in contact with each person personally to discuss your badge design and answer any questions. Either of the contact methods will ensure you get a timely reply, most often, the same day.