General Benjamin Butler commissioned and paid for 197 silver and 11 bronze medals to be produced for the United States Colored Troops to honor their bravery fighting for the Union in the Civil War. The dies were designed by famous engraver Anthony C. Paquet and were produced at the Philadelphia Mint. Due to the small mintage of 11 bronze medals, these are very rare and seldom seen. Stack's Bowers Galleries is offering a PCGS MS-64 Brown example in the November 2021 Showcase Auction. This is surely one of the rarest U.S. Military Medals. In Stack's Bowers Galleries 2013 ANA Sale, an example sold for $11,750. A silver example sold in 2009 for $34,500.
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