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Rare Royal Doulton England 760007 Bridesmaid M12 Figurine
rare royal doulton england 760007 bridesmaid m12 figurine
$99.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware Wall Plate Tony Weller D 6327
rare royal doulton dickens series ware wall plate tony weller d 6327
$95.00
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Lovely  Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware Wall Plate Sam Weller D 6327
lovely rare royal doulton dickens series ware wall plate sam weller d 6327
$95.00
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Royal Doulton Figurines Grannys Heritage HN 1273 RARE RED SHAWL
royal doulton figurines grannys heritage hn 1273 rare red shawl
$260.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Coronet Dan Brechner Two Pigs one standing one lying down
rare vintage royal coronet dan brechner two pigs one standing one lying down
$8.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BONE CHINA LARGE LAYING HARE DISCONTINUED HN2593 RARE ITEM
royal doulton bone china large laying hare discontinued hn2593 rare item
$60.00
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Blue Sky Clayworks First Christmas Nativity Rare The Royal Goldminc Collection
blue sky clayworks first christmas nativity rare the royal goldminc collection
$109.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BONE CHINA SITTING HARE DISCONTINUED HN2592 RARE ITEM
royal doulton bone china sitting hare discontinued hn2592 rare item
$50.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware Wall Plate Sairy Gamp D 5175
rare royal doulton dickens series ware wall plate sairy gamp d 5175
$95.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Biddy HN 1513 issued 1932 37
rare royal doulton figurine biddy hn 1513 issued 1932 37
$24.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware Wall Plate Tom Pinch D 5175
rare royal doulton dickens series ware wall plate tom pinch d 5175
$95.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware Wall Plate Mr Squeers D 5175
rare royal doulton dickens series ware wall plate mr squeers d 5175
$95.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Milady HN1970 6 3 8 High 675
very rare royal doulton milady hn1970 6 3 8 high 675
$1,495.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware Bowl Sairy Gamp D 6327
rare royal doulton dickens series ware bowl sairy gamp d 6327
$165.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware Bowl Tony Weller D 6327
rare royal doulton dickens series ware bowl tony weller d 6327
$75.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Lady Figurine Lady Charmian HN 1949 Mint Condition
rare royal doulton lady figurine lady charmian hn 1949 mint condition
$139.95
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Rare Royal Doulton Lady Figurine Best Wishes HN 3971 Mint Condition
rare royal doulton lady figurine best wishes hn 3971 mint condition
$174.95
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Rare Royal Doulton Daisy HN1575 3 5 8 High serie child study 676
rare royal doulton daisy hn1575 3 5 8 high serie child study 676
$995.00
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GREAT ROYAL DOULTON RARE CERES GODDESS OF PLENTY HN4080 IMMORTALS LTD 250 43
great royal doulton rare ceres goddess of plenty hn4080 immortals ltd 250 43
$999.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Mr Pickwick Tiny D 6260 Up for 2 weeks only
very rare royal doulton mr pickwick tiny d 6260 up for 2 weeks only
$99.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Large Alsatian Dog Figurine
rare royal doulton large alsatian dog figurine
$49.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Carolyn HN 2112 Rare Mint Signed
royal doulton figurine carolyn hn 2112 rare mint signed
$99.95
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ROYAL DOULTON BONE CHINA SMALL LAYING HAREHN2594  RARE ITEM
royal doulton bone china small laying harehn2594 rare item
$26.00
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1987 SANTA CLAUS WITH WREATH HANDLE Mug Jug Royal Doulton D6794 Rare
1987 santa claus with wreath handle mug jug royal doulton d6794 rare
$225.00
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ROYAL DOULTON BONE CHINA SMALL SITTING HARE DISCONTINUED K37 RARE ITEM
royal doulton bone china small sitting hare discontinued k37 rare item
$31.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BONE CHINA STANDING HARE EARS UP DISCONTINUED K39 RARE ITEM
royal doulton bone china standing hare ears up discontinued k39 rare item
$20.50
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ROYAL DOULTON BONE CHINA STANDING HAREEARS DOWN DISCONTINUED K38 RARE ITEM
royal doulton bone china standing hareears down discontinued k38 rare item
$20.50
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Vintage ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN1911 AUTUMN BREEZES RARE TWO FOOTED hn1911
vintage royal doulton figurine hn1911 autumn breezes rare two footed hn1911
$299.96
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RARE ROYAL CROWN 33 670 ARTIST BOY WITH EASEL FIGURINE JAPAN
rare royal crown 33 670 artist boy with easel figurine japan
$12.80
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Rare Royal Doulton Capt Phillp Kingsware Flask Jug Circa 1938
rare royal doulton capt phillp kingsware flask jug circa 1938
$459.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Figurine Gray Mouse Vole holding Nut  2564 MINT
rare royal copenhagen figurine gray mouse vole holding nut 2564 mint
$69.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen GIRAFFE FIGURINE 3655 ADORABLE 10 quarter  Tall
rare royal copenhagen giraffe figurine 3655 adorable 10 quarter tall
$255.00
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RARE LARGE VINTAGE JOHN BARLEYCORN STYLE ONE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG
rare large vintage john barleycorn style one royal doulton toby jug
$159.99
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Royal Doulton Red Flambe Seated Cat Or Kitten Figurine Centenary Version RARE
royal doulton red flambe seated cat or kitten figurine centenary version rare
$159.20
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RARE 1937 ROYAL COPENHAGEN Christmas Plate JUL CHRISTMAS IN MAIN STREET Mint
rare 1937 royal copenhagen christmas plate jul christmas in main street mint
$195.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Honey HN1909 Mint
rare royal doulton figurine honey hn1909 mint
$179.95
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Duncan Royale St Nicholas Bishop of Myra Rare 1983
duncan royale st nicholas bishop of myra rare 1983
$516.37
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Aladdins Genie Royal Doulton Flambe Character Toby Jug D6971 ULTRA RARE
aladdins genie royal doulton flambe character toby jug d6971 ultra rare
$503.20
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Bride  Groom Wedding CAKE TOPPER Royal Copenhagen figurines Rare Nordic Viking
bride groom wedding cake topper royal copenhagen figurines rare nordic viking
$149.95
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Rare Vintage Royal Shrewsbury School China Shrewsbury Library Made In England
rare vintage royal shrewsbury school china shrewsbury library made in england
$3.99
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Royal LADY HEAD VASE W RARE LABEL STAMP CHASE Hand Painted
royal lady head vase w rare label stamp chase hand painted
$29.89
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Avon Cologne Royale Roses Roses Rare 1 fl oz New
avon cologne royale roses roses rare 1 fl oz new
$8.50
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SERIES WARE JARDINIERE LENNOX BOWL D 2973 Retired 1908 1912
rare royal doulton series ware jardiniere lennox bowl d 2973 retired 1908 1912
$595.00
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Vintage Collectible Unique Rare Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Seal Pair Figurine
vintage collectible unique rare royal copenhagen porcelain seal pair figurine
$149.95
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VINTAGE RARE ROYAL DOULTON PARSON BROWN ASHPOT ASHTRAY WHIMSEY HAND PAINTED
vintage rare royal doulton parson brown ashpot ashtray whimsey hand painted
$49.95
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Wooden Height Chart Nursery Decor Red New In Box RARE
royal doulton bunnykins wooden height chart nursery decor red new in box rare
$24.99
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Signed Swan Swarovski Royal Crowned Peacock Brooch Pin RARE
signed swan swarovski royal crowned peacock brooch pin rare
$195.00
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FOUR COLLECTIBLE ROYAL DOULTON MINIATURE MUGS MADE IN ENGLAND VERY RARE
four collectible royal doulton miniature mugs made in england very rare
$59.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Lady Betty HN1967 Womens Figurine New Inventory 28
rare royal doulton lady betty hn1967 womens figurine new inventory 28
$249.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Bunnykins Figurine Collector Bunnykins DB54
rare royal doulton bunnykins figurine collector bunnykins db54
$162.49
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RARE Royal Doulton England Brambly Hedge Lady Woodmouse Signed 2000 Mint
rare royal doulton england brambly hedge lady woodmouse signed 2000 mint
$59.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge Mrs Saltapple Figurine D B H 25 Salt Apple 1992
rare royal doulton brambly hedge mrs saltapple figurine d b h 25 salt apple 1992
$31.50
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins RARE 2001 Porcelain Collectors Extravaganza Dish
vintage royal doulton bunnykins rare 2001 porcelain collectors extravaganza dish
$12.99
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Rare vintage royal halsey very fine bird plates You choose which one you want
rare vintage royal halsey very fine bird plates you choose which one you want
$3.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON OLD FLOW BLUE 9 quarter  PLATE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON Estate
rare royal doulton old flow blue 9 quarter plate of george washington estate
$55.00
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Christopher Radko Royal Rooster Animal Bird Oval DropChristmas ornament RARE
christopher radko royal rooster animal bird oval dropchristmas ornament rare
$229.99
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VERY RARE 19th Century Royal Doulton ADMIRAL LORD NELSON Statue Green Glaze
very rare 19th century royal doulton admiral lord nelson statue green glaze
$795.00
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RareVintage Royal Doulton Kingfisher HN2541 Pristine Condition
rarevintage royal doulton kingfisher hn2541 pristine condition
$179.00
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Rare  New Condition Royal Copenhagen Plate Dish with Beautiful Cottage Scene
rare new condition royal copenhagen plate dish with beautiful cottage scene
$19.99
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Rare 8 English Royal Worcester AGNES PINDER DAVIS FIGURE  3403 Early 1950s
rare 8 english royal worcester agnes pinder davis figure 3403 early 1950s
$95.00
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Royal Doulton Rare HN1021 Black Cocker Spaniel Dog Figurine Lucky Star of Ware
royal doulton rare hn1021 black cocker spaniel dog figurine lucky star of ware
$100.00
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Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge Figure Conker DBH21 England W Box Rare
royal doulton brambly hedge figure conker dbh21 england w box rare
$61.20
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Shetland Pony No 4611 1st Quality Mint
rare royal copenhagen shetland pony no 4611 1st quality mint
$449.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON BROKEN LANCE HN2041 HN 2041
rare royal doulton broken lance hn2041 hn 2041
$324.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Porcelain Figurine HN 1398 Derrick 1930 1940 8 quarter  H
rare royal doulton porcelain figurine hn 1398 derrick 1930 1940 8 quarter h
$995.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON PRESTIGE GRADUATION HN5038 NIB 475+
rare royal doulton prestige graduation hn5038 nib 475+
$146.98
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ROYAL DOULTON ARRIET MUG1946 RARE SMALL AND CARDINALTINYBOTH MINT COND
royal doulton arriet mug1946 rare small and cardinaltinyboth mint cond
$59.00
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Rare  beautiful Royal Doulton Figurine Maisie HN1619 by Leslie Harradine
rare beautiful royal doulton figurine maisie hn1619 by leslie harradine
$225.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Collectors Plaque Bing  Grondahl Porcelain
rare royal copenhagen collectors plaque bing grondahl porcelain
$169.99
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RARE HARD TO FIND VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS 1936 CUP MINT
rare hard to find vintage royal doulton bunnykins 1936 cup mint
$15.99
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ROYALE AUTHENTIC ELEFANT SIGNED LIMOGES BOX VERY RARE  COLLECTIBLE
royale authentic elefant signed limoges box very rare collectible
$189.00
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Royal Doulton Character Dog Foxhound Hound Running HN2510 Rare
royal doulton character dog foxhound hound running hn2510 rare
$199.99
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Rare Royal Doulton SUSAN Figurine HN2056 Hand Painted China Figure Retired 1959
rare royal doulton susan figurine hn2056 hand painted china figure retired 1959
$149.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SERIESWARE JACKDAW OF RHEIMS CUP  SAUCER
rare royal doulton seriesware jackdaw of rheims cup saucer
$19.99
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RARE PROTOTYPE Royal Doulton GOLD HANDLE VETERAN MOTORIST Character Jug D6637
rare prototype royal doulton gold handle veteran motorist character jug d6637
$375.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SERIESWARE JACKDAW OF RHEIMS PLATE 105
rare royal doulton seriesware jackdaw of rheims plate 105
$19.99
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Bull Terrier Style Two HN 2511
very rare royal doulton bull terrier style two hn 2511
$249.99
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RARE BEAUTIFUL DUNCAN ROYALE FINE PORCELAIN GIRL WITH PITCHER CAUGHT IN THE WIND
rare beautiful duncan royale fine porcelain girl with pitcher caught in the wind
$29.99
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Royal Doulton Brambly Hegde Tea Service Mini Jill Barklem 1985 Sugar Bowl Rare
royal doulton brambly hegde tea service mini jill barklem 1985 sugar bowl rare
$19.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Little Child So Rare and Sweet HN 1542
royal doulton figurine little child so rare and sweet hn 1542
$699.99
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RARE Royal Doulton PRETTY LADIES ANNUALS SOPHIE 2010 Figure of the Year HN5376
rare royal doulton pretty ladies annuals sophie 2010 figure of the year hn5376
$224.97
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Royal Copenhagen Cuddling Pigs 638 EUC and RARE
royal copenhagen cuddling pigs 638 euc and rare
$125.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON HORSE CHESTNUT SHIRE MARE  FOAL HN2522 DESIGN BY W M Chance
rare royal doulton horse chestnut shire mare foal hn2522 design by w m chance
$150.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SHIPS FIGUREHEADS ADMIRAL LORD NELSON FIGURINE HN 2928
rare royal doulton ships figureheads admiral lord nelson figurine hn 2928
$295.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Storytime Reflections w original tags 1987 HN3126 EXCELLENT
rare royal doulton storytime reflections w original tags 1987 hn3126 excellent
$35.00
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS 3 PIECE PLACE SETTING WONDERFUL RARE LTD 1936
royal doulton bunnykins 3 piece place setting wonderful rare ltd 1936
$19.96
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RARE 6 plate complete set Royal Copenhagen National Parks of America
rare 6 plate complete set royal copenhagen national parks of america
$70.00
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Royal Copenhagen The Little Mermaid Rare 5 inch Figurine 5689 Porcelain Nude
royal copenhagen the little mermaid rare 5 inch figurine 5689 porcelain nude
$140.00
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The Witch Rare Large Toby Mug by Royal Doulton D6893
the witch rare large toby mug by royal doulton d6893
$250.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON Irish Setter Dog Figurine Hn 1055 Vintage
rare royal doulton irish setter dog figurine hn 1055 vintage
$49.95
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VERY RARE BEAUTIFUL BOMBAY COMPANY ROYAL EQUESTRIAN TEA CUP AND SAUCER  9760
very rare beautiful bombay company royal equestrian tea cup and saucer 9760
$9.99
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ROYAL DOULTON EARLY TINY MR MICAWBER EARLY BACKSTAMP RARE
royal doulton early tiny mr micawber early backstamp rare
$39.95
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Rare FLORENCE CERAMICS PRINCES Lady in Royal Red Dress Figurine 10 Tall
rare florence ceramics princes lady in royal red dress figurine 10 tall
$365.01
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Rare Under the Greenwood Tree Plate 10 Made in England Royal Doulton
rare under the greenwood tree plate 10 made in england royal doulton
$82.00
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WWII WW2 Occupation Era THAILAND Siam Royal Order Medal in Box Enamel Body RARE
wwii ww2 occupation era thailand siam royal order medal in box enamel body rare
$30.00
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG THE BOOT MAKER RARE VNTG LIMITED ED NR
royal doulton toby mug the boot maker rare vntg limited ed nr
$79.99
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Rare pottery mug  Wedding Princess Margrethe of Denmark 1967  Royal Copenhagen
rare pottery mug wedding princess margrethe of denmark 1967 royal copenhagen
$89.03
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Rare Royal Menu c1894 Liebig Meat Extract Advert Princess Alexandra Sandringham
rare royal menu c1894 liebig meat extract advert princess alexandra sandringham
$51.93
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Beautiful and Very Rare Engraved Royal Caribbean Jaffa Award Crystal Bowl NR
beautiful and very rare engraved royal caribbean jaffa award crystal bowl nr
$40.00
quality
Rare set  Ruby Anniversary Queen Elizabeth II 1992  Royal Collection
rare set ruby anniversary queen elizabeth ii 1992 royal collection
$29.67
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Rare Royal Brierley Bowl  Lidded Jar Cut Crystal Matched Set Made in England
rare royal brierley bowl lidded jar cut crystal matched set made in england
$125.00
quality
Rare Signed Bethwood Royal China Porcelain Perfume Bottle
rare signed bethwood royal china porcelain perfume bottle
$45.00
quality
RARE VINTAGE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE METAL KEYCHAIN
rare vintage royal hong kong police metal keychain
$39.99
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ROYAL FORMATION OF CALCITE  VERY RARE SPECIMENWOW
royal formation of calcite very rare specimenwow
$30.00
quality
Rare etched glass decanter  Royal Household King George VI  Royal Palaces
rare etched glass decanter royal household king george vi royal palaces
$222.62
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Rare etched glass decanter  Royal Household Queen Elizabeth II  Royal Palaces
rare etched glass decanter royal household queen elizabeth ii royal palaces
$222.62
quality
RARE England Royal Albert GOLDEN LABRADOR RETRIEVER LAB MANS BEST FRIEND Plate
rare england royal albert golden labrador retriever lab mans best friend plate
$39.99
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Dachshund Dog Figurine Set
rare royal doulton dachshund dog figurine set
$679.00
quality
WWI Rare Bulgarian Royal Badge For Good Shooting Ferdinand Emission
wwi rare bulgarian royal badge for good shooting ferdinand emission
$86.00
quality
ROYAL BANK BELT BUCKLE VINTAGE SUPER RARE LOOK
royal bank belt buckle vintage super rare look
$49.99
quality
ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS PLATE 1993 ARRIVAL OF CHRISTMAS GUESTS RARE
royal copenhagen christmas plate 1993 arrival of christmas guests rare
$49.00
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON PORCELAIN WINSTON CHURCHILL CHARACTER JUG TOBY JUGS SET OF 3
rare royal doulton porcelain winston churchill character jug toby jugs set of 3
$199.99
quality
VINTAGE DISNEY RARE COAT OF ARMS WATCH NEVER WORN OLD SCHOOL ROYAL TREATMENT
vintage disney rare coat of arms watch never worn old school royal treatment
$49.95
quality
Royal Norfolk Rare Coffee Mug Classy And Sassy Very Rare Vintage
royal norfolk rare coffee mug classy and sassy very rare vintage
$29.00
quality
Royal Haeger Canada 413 RARE pottery white gold aqua baby powder blue green vase
royal haeger canada 413 rare pottery white gold aqua baby powder blue green vase
$39.96
quality
RARE DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE ROYAL TREATMENT BEST GUEST WATCH NIB DISPLAY BOX
rare disney mickey mouse royal treatment best guest watch nib display box
$20.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Version of LIFEGUARD
rare royal doulton version of lifeguard
$650.00
quality
VINTAGE  RARE NOVELTY ROYAL JAMAICA WOOD CIGAR BOX PURSE SATIN LINING RED BRAID
vintage rare novelty royal jamaica wood cigar box purse satin lining red braid
$25.00
quality
Royal Doulton Antique BLUE CHILDREN 55 Vase 19th Century RARE SHAPE
royal doulton antique blue children 55 vase 19th century rare shape
$1,200.00
quality
Vintage Very Rare 1 Quart Royal Triton 76 Union Motor Oil Empty Can
vintage very rare 1 quart royal triton 76 union motor oil empty can
$98.00
quality
Star Wars rare Emperors Royal Guard Limited Edition Statue
star wars rare emperors royal guard limited edition statue
$139.99
quality

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Politics and rare coins might not seem to go together, but they are linked throughout the history of the United States. From the first coins of the 1650s to the change you carry in your pocket today, political influence has been a significant part of United States coinage.

The first coins struck in what is now the United States were minted in 1652, more than a century before the "United States" existed. The Massachusetts Bay Colony struck silver coins from 1652 through about 1682, yet all but one of the denominations always carried the date 1652 regardless of the actual year of issue. Why? Politics. Since the coins were minted openly, there was real intent to fool the British Crown into believing that all of coinage in circulation was actually minted in 1652, when there was no monarchy. Instead, it was probably a courtesy. The colonists were saying: "We're going to continue to mint our own coins while not appearing to flagrantly ignore your edicts."

In 1665, after receiving a book of laws from the colonists, the King's Commissioners requested that a number of laws be changed or repealed. Among them was the following: ". . .title money, the law about a mint house, etc., be repealed, for coining is a royal prerogative, for the usurping of which yet act of indemnity is only a salvo."

Salvo? More like a salvation, as the coins were desperately needed in the colonies. It was time when wampum, musket bullets, and counterfeit foreign coins were used as money alongside the few legitimate coins that were available. The colonists ignored the request of the Crown, evidently without penalty.

The Civil War of 1861-65 presented tremendous problems for circulating coinage.

The silver half dime was one of the many denominations that wasn't circulating, and the five-cent fractional currency was considered to be a poor substitute. A solution to the problem was a coin of a new metal, and coins struck in nickel were introduced.

Nickel is impractical for coin production, as its hardness is conducive to laminations, die breaks, poor strikes, and many other problems. When James Pollock, director of the Mint in 1865, proposed a new nickel alloy for coinage, he was under the influence of political pressure. His personal preference was for coins made of French bronze, but nickel magnate Joseph Wharton had many friends in Congress, and the new nickel alloy won out. Nickel had been used in the copper-nickel cents of 1856-64, but the demand or nickel became unprecedented with the introduction of the three cent nickel (1865) and the five cent nickel (1866).

Nickel coins are still struck today, of course, and many of the problems are just as prevalent. Try putting together a set of problem-free Jefferson nickels, let alone such series as Buffalo nickels or Shield nickels.

The political clout of the followers of the late Anthony Comstock led to a significant change in our coinage in 1917. Hermon MacNeil's magnificent Standing Liberty quarter design, first introduced in 1916, was beautiful and popular. It was also scandalous, at least to the highly vocal Society for the Suppression of Vice. Treasury Secretary William McAdoo was bombarded with complaints about Miss Liberty's partial nudity, and in mid-1917 the design was modified to cover the lady. It is often argued that there were other reasons for the change, such as 1) the type one coins wouldn't stack, or 2) the chain mail placed on Miss Liberty was a symbol of war, or 3) it was done so the coin would strike up better. Argument #3 is totally invalid, as the type one Standing Liberty quarter is consistently far superior in strike to the type two. The other two arguments have a degree of credibility based on surviving documents, but the most important reason for the change was almost assuredly a case of "comstockery" as the prudery was labeled by prominent writers of the era.

While the incidents of coins mixing with politics mentioned above are famous ones, perhaps no other case can quite compare to the Morgan dollar. The Mint Act of 1873 abolished this denomination, along with the other issues such as the three-cent silver and the half dime. By 1878 the silver dollar was back as the result of extreme political pressure from the silver interests, such as the owners of the gigantic Comstock Lode, a monumental silver mine in Nevada. Overriding a presidential veto, the Bland-Allison Act of February 28, 1878 provided that the government would purchase $2 million to $4 million in domestic silver for coinage into silver dollars. It took less than two weeks for the new design to be approved, the dies made, and the first proofs struck.

The Sherman Silver Purchase Act set the amount of silver to be purchased monthly at an exact figure-187 tons per month. When the act was repealed in 1893, the mine owners were rich and the Treasury vaults were overflowing with unneeded silver dollars. It wasn't until 1898 that legislation provided for the disposal of the remaining silver through continued silver dollar mintage. In 1904, the silver finally ran out in 1893, the mine owners were rich and the Treasury vaults were overflowing with unneeded silver dollars. It wasn't until 1898 that legislation provided for the disposal of the remaining silver through continued silver dollar mintage. In 1904, the silver finally ran out, and Morgan dollar production ended for 17 years.

The story of the Morgan dollar was nearly finished-but not quite. In 1918 the Pittman Act was instituted, which required the melting of up to 350,000,000 silver dollars. A little over a quarter of a billion-that's right, billion-were actually melted, but political pressure caused another weird scenario. The silver lobby persuaded Congress to include a clause that domestic silver be purchased to replace the silver dollars lost in the melting. What was this silver used for? Starting in 1921, it was used to mint silver dollars!

Coins and politics. Politics and coins. After nearly 350 years, they are still inextricably entwined, an integral part of our past and an inevitable part of our future.

The three-cent nickel: the alloy won out over silver

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