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    Colored Troops Before Richmond Medal. Bronzed Copper. 40 mm. 440.8 grains. By Anthony C. Paquet. Julian MI-30.
    The Butler Medal, also known as the Colored Troops Medal, was a military decoration of a unit of the United States Army which were issued in 1865. The medal was commissioned by Major General Benjamin Butler and was intended to recognize meritorious or heroic acts of bravery performed by African American soldiers at the Battle of Chaffin's Farm and New Market Heights

    Richly bronzed in deep mahogany, showing smooth and exceptional surfaces. Mint records show that just 11 specimens were struck in bronze, likely to be personally delivered by Butler to friends and colleagues. Based on modern survivorship, there may have been more struck than those figures indicate, but they remain extremely rare. The earliest reference we can locate for a bronze one comes from the American Journal of Numismatics, whose very first issue (May 1866) records a specimen displayed at the April 1866 meeting of the Boston Numismatic Society:

    "A copy in bronze of the medal struck by order of Gen. Butler, for presentation to the colored troops, was received from Mr. Chas. W. Kennard, of this city. The following is a description of the medal: On the obverse: Two colored soldiers storming a fort. Legend reads "Ferro iis Libertas perveniet". In the exergue, "U. S. Colored Troops". On the reverse, within a wreath of oak leaves: "Campaign before Richmond 1864". On the legend "Distinguished for Courage".


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