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 Mexico's 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