SOLD OUT of STOCK ( Not Available ) > Authentic U.S. Customs Service Officer Limited Edition 24k Gold Belt Buckle MINT. A custom minted United States Customs Service beautiful 2-tone ( 24k Gold & Nickel ) belt buckle emblazoned with a bold embossed cobalt blue & 24k gold plated U.S. Customs Department of the Treasury * Officer * Badge in the center of the buckle. Until March 2003, the United States Customs Service was an agency of the U.S. federal government that collected import tariffs and performed other selected border security duties. Before it was dissolved to form part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The United States Customs Service had three major missions: collecting tariff revenue, protecting the U.S. economy from smuggling and illegal goods, and processing people and goods at ports of entry. Responding to the urgent need for revenue following the American Revolutionary War, the First United States Congress passed and President George Washington signed the Tariff Act of July 4, 1789, which authorized the collection of duties on imported goods. Four weeks later, on July 31, the fifth act of Congress established the United States Customs Service and its ports of entry. For over 100 years after its birth, the U.S. Customs Service was the primary source of funds for the entire government, and paid for the nation's early growth and infrastructure. Purchases include the Louisiana and Oregon territories; Florida and Alaska; funding the National Road and the Transcontinental Railroad; building many of the nation's lighthouses; the U.S. Military and Naval academies, and Washington D.C. In the 20th century, as international trade and travel increased dramatically, the Customs Service transitioned from an administrative bureau to a federal law enforcement agency. Inspectors still inspected goods and took customs declarations from travelers at ports of entry, but customs agents used modern police methods -- often in concert with allied agencies, such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service,U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and U.S. Border Patrol -- to investigate cases often far from international airports, bridges and land crossings. With the passage of the Homeland Security Act after 9-11 , the U.S. Customs Service passed from under jurisdiction of the Treasury Department to the Department of Homeland Security. This Limited Edition ( numbered on the back of buckle ) and beautifully detailed collectible measures 3.5" inches wide by 2.5" inches high and is both Nickel and 24k Gold plated. Custom minted by Creative Castings in 2002 ( and now discontinued ) , it is designed to fit a 1 1/2" belt. Will be carefully bubble wrapped and boxed and shipped via Priority Mail with Delivery Confirmation and Tracking. Please email with any questions before purchasing if you are unsure about something. We ONLY accept Money Orders , Cashiers Checks or U.S. Cash as payment ( we do NOT accept personal checks or online payment at all ). Please email about local pick-up , we are located in NYC in Times Square. All International Customers MUST email us before purchasing this item.