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Rare Royal Doulton George Robey Toby Jug
rare royal doulton george robey toby jug
$1,000.00
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Rare Royal Dux Art Nouveau Dog Figure of Hound c 1920 Austrian Pottery
rare royal dux art nouveau dog figure of hound c 1920 austrian pottery
$800.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Balloon Lady HN2935 Discontinued  Modeled By Peter A Gee
rare royal doulton balloon lady hn2935 discontinued modeled by peter a gee
$150.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton VERONICA Miniature figurine M64 made in 1937
rare vintage royal doulton veronica miniature figurine m64 made in 1937
$599.00
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2 VINTAGE ROYAL SEALY ANGEL FIGURINES RARE
2 vintage royal sealy angel figurines rare
$9.99
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Royal Doulton Large Arriet Toby Jug And Small James John Toby Jug RARE
royal doulton large arriet toby jug and small james john toby jug rare
$80.00
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Rare Anchor Hocking Fire King Powder Dresser Box Royal Ruby Lid W Zinnia Flower
rare anchor hocking fire king powder dresser box royal ruby lid w zinnia flower
$35.00
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON 105 PLATE Dish FARMER Coat Cape SCYTHE Cottage Scene Vtg
rare royal doulton 105 plate dish farmer coat cape scythe cottage scene vtg
$20.00
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VERY LARGE VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG DON QUIXOTE D6460 RARE 1956 EDITION
very large vintage royal doulton toby mug don quixote d6460 rare 1956 edition
$89.95
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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG PADDY LARGE SIZE 6 RARE MINT
vintage royal doulton toby mug paddy large size 6 rare mint
$10.50
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE MIDSUMMER NOON HN1899 MINT CONDITION
rare royal doulton figurine midsummer noon hn1899 mint condition
$299.99
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ROYAL DOULTON SALLY AMAZING EXCELLENT CONDITION RARE HARD TO FIND
royal doulton sally amazing excellent condition rare hard to find
$99.00
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RARE Royal Doulton International Collection Liquor Containers With Stand
rare royal doulton international collection liquor containers with stand
$449.99
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Royal Doulton Character Jug Gulliver D6563 Rare ETC Version
royal doulton character jug gulliver d6563 rare etc version
$249.99
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Vintage Royal Crown Porcelain Blue Jay Figurine Rare
vintage royal crown porcelain blue jay figurine rare
$9.99
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Royal Doulton Vintage Large Seated Fox HN2634 Very Rare Mint
royal doulton vintage large seated fox hn2634 very rare mint
$2,399.00
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON DAFFY DOWN DILLY HN 1712
rare vintage royal doulton daffy down dilly hn 1712
$74.99
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Duncan Royale Santas THE MAGI RARE Limited Collectible porcelain figurine NOS
duncan royale santas the magi rare limited collectible porcelain figurine nos
$99.99
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton Prototype Archery 2511 WK Harper 1975
extremely rare royal doulton prototype archery 2511 wk harper 1975
$3,500.00
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Rare Royal Crown Dachy Fine Bone China Trinket Box Made in England
rare royal crown dachy fine bone china trinket box made in england
$23.00
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Rare Royal Doulton The Family Album HN 2321 Figurine
rare royal doulton the family album hn 2321 figurine
$197.00
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Royal Doulton BUNNYKINS BAKING Rimmed Fruit Dessert Bowl 6 half  x 1 3 8 RARE
royal doulton bunnykins baking rimmed fruit dessert bowl 6 half x 1 3 8 rare
$20.00
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RARE Art Deco EARLY Royal Doulton FANNY Flapper Figurine HN1204 L Harradine
rare art deco early royal doulton fanny flapper figurine hn1204 l harradine
$1,499.99
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Beatrix Potter RARE Mother Ladybird MINT Royal Albert Artist Signed Figurine
beatrix potter rare mother ladybird mint royal albert artist signed figurine
$64.95
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Old king cole royal doulton figurine rare perfect
old king cole royal doulton figurine rare perfect
$195.00
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ROYAL DOULTON WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE FIGURINE HN 3633 RARE
royal doulton william shakespeare figurine hn 3633 rare
$529.00
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Royal Doulton Koong Shee Se Chang Willow China Plate Rare Pink Plate 2 A
royal doulton koong shee se chang willow china plate rare pink plate 2 a
$250.00
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Royal Doulton Bootmaker D6572 Extremely Rare One of a Kind with Nose Wart
royal doulton bootmaker d6572 extremely rare one of a kind with nose wart
$79.99
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Rare Home Interior Clear Tall Royal Lace Votive 1
rare home interior clear tall royal lace votive 1
$4.99
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Antique RARE ROYAL DOULTON Figurine Rosebud HN 1983 Leslie Harradine NR
antique rare royal doulton figurine rosebud hn 1983 leslie harradine nr
$88.00
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Smug Mugs I Love You by Kitty by Arnart 33 86 Rare Vintage Royal Crown
smug mugs i love you by kitty by arnart 33 86 rare vintage royal crown
$13.99
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Royal Doulton Koong Shee Se Chang Willow China Plate Rare Pink Plate 5 A
royal doulton koong shee se chang willow china plate rare pink plate 5 a
$250.00
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RARE UNIQUE VINTAGE CHELSEA HOUSE PORT ROYAL ITALY CABBAGE HANDLE PITCHER
rare unique vintage chelsea house port royal italy cabbage handle pitcher
$85.00
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Royal doulton figurine the balloon man hn1954 rare
royal doulton figurine the balloon man hn1954 rare
$50.00
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Royal doulton a gentleman from Williamsburg rare excellent condition
royal doulton a gentleman from williamsburg rare excellent condition
$50.00
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Royal Doulton D7285 Franklin D Roosevelt Very Rare Large Character Jug 95 100
royal doulton d7285 franklin d roosevelt very rare large character jug 95 100
$1,600.00
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Royal Doulton D7264 General Macarthur Rare Large Character Jug 45 100
royal doulton d7264 general macarthur rare large character jug 45 100
$1,600.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Prototype Figurine Airman 5440 Never Went Into Production
rare royal doulton prototype figurine airman 5440 never went into production
$1,500.00
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Rare Royal Doulton PINE MARTIN FIGURINE 4 quarter  HN 2656
rare royal doulton pine martin figurine 4 quarter hn 2656
$45.00
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Vintage 1949 ROYAL DOULTON D6385 Falstaff Rare 4 Character Toby Mug Jug
vintage 1949 royal doulton d6385 falstaff rare 4 character toby mug jug
$16.99
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Rare Coalport Royal Worcester The Special Edition Jessica CW660
rare coalport royal worcester the special edition jessica cw660
$235.00
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Antique Early 1900s Red Royal Doulton Flambe Vase Teardrop Style ULTRA RARE
antique early 1900s red royal doulton flambe vase teardrop style ultra rare
$261.75
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VINTAGE MCM ROYAL WINDSOR ART DECO PORCELAIN PLANTER GREY PINK RARE EUC
vintage mcm royal windsor art deco porcelain planter grey pink rare euc
$20.40
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Royal Copenhagen Storkerede Square 2 Stork Mini Plate RARE
royal copenhagen storkerede square 2 stork mini plate rare
$11.99
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ROYAL DOULTON OLD KING COLE FIGURINE RARE
royal doulton old king cole figurine rare
$150.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN RARE Blue CHRISTMAS PLATES 7 Lot of 4 1972 1976 1978 Denmark
royal copenhagen rare blue christmas plates 7 lot of 4 1972 1976 1978 denmark
$39.75
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN 1599 Clotilde RARE Good Condition
royal doulton figurine hn 1599 clotilde rare good condition
$1,950.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHERUB BELL THE SPEECH OF ANGELS GLAD TIDINGS 1 OF 6 NIB
rare royal doulton cherub bell the speech of angels glad tidings 1 of 6 nib
$117.00
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Royal Copenhagen 2313 Miniature Mermaid RARE Find
royal copenhagen 2313 miniature mermaid rare find
$39.99
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Royal Adderley Floral English bone china miniature pink boot 1940 60s RARE VGC
royal adderley floral english bone china miniature pink boot 1940 60s rare vgc
$6.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN 507 PORCELAIN FROG ON A ROCK FIGURINE Erik Nielsen RARE
royal copenhagen 507 porcelain frog on a rock figurine erik nielsen rare
$49.99
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ROYAL DOULTON SEASONS COLLECTION EASTER BUNNY SPRING BUNNY TEA POT RABBIT RARE
royal doulton seasons collection easter bunny spring bunny tea pot rabbit rare
$19.99
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Rare Lot of 5 Character Jugs Royal Daulton Staffordshire Artone Toby
rare lot of 5 character jugs royal daulton staffordshire artone toby
$19.95
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Vintage Royal Doulton The Fat Boy RARE Figurine Toby Jug Older A Model MINT
vintage royal doulton the fat boy rare figurine toby jug older a model mint
$75.00
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Rare Find 1981 ROYAL DOULTON Bone China England 8 Figurine HN 3050  SUSAN
rare find 1981 royal doulton bone china england 8 figurine hn 3050 susan
$39.99
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Royal Doulton Town Crier HN2119 Mint Magnificent Figurine Reg475 Rare
royal doulton town crier hn2119 mint magnificent figurine reg475 rare
$227.05
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Rare antique Royal Doulton Figurine HN127 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 1917
rare antique royal doulton figurine hn127 cavalier king charles spaniel 1917
$269.00
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ROYAL DOULTON Miss Nostrum The Nurse Doultonville Toby Jug VERY RARE
royal doulton miss nostrum the nurse doultonville toby jug very rare
$65.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine HN946 Peruvian Penguin Flambe WorldWide
rare royal doulton figurine hn946 peruvian penguin flambe worldwide
$619.00
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1980s Royal Cornwall Rosemary Calder Calhoun Collectible Plates Western Art Rare
1980s royal cornwall rosemary calder calhoun collectible plates western art rare
$260.00
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Royal Doulton figurine Royal Doulton Figurine Cellist HN2226 Rare Copr 1959
royal doulton figurine royal doulton figurine cellist hn2226 rare copr 1959
$220.00
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A RARE MINT CONDITION ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN 2150 WILLY WONT HE
a rare mint condition royal doulton figurine hn 2150 willy wont he
$450.00
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Royal Doulton BESS HN2003 Bone China Figurine 725 Signed  EX RARE
royal doulton bess hn2003 bone china figurine 725 signed ex rare
$548.00
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Rare 1934 1940 Royal Doulton Figurine Evelyn HN  1622 MINT
rare 1934 1940 royal doulton figurine evelyn hn 1622 mint
$1,150.00
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VTG RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN BING GRONDAHL BG PORCELAIN FIGURE GIRL CAT FIGURINE
vtg rare royal copenhagen bing grondahl bg porcelain figure girl cat figurine
$29.99
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Rare Olympic Games RCR Royal Crystal Rock Italy Jewelry Trinket Stash Box Dish
rare olympic games rcr royal crystal rock italy jewelry trinket stash box dish
$49.99
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Ultra Rare Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Cat Figurine 667 Yawning Cat
ultra rare royal copenhagen porcelain cat figurine 667 yawning cat
$1,299.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Tony Weller Teapot Excellent Condition
royal doulton rare tony weller teapot excellent condition
$1,125.00
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Signed Swan Swarovski Royal Crowned Peacock Brooch Pin RARE
signed swan swarovski royal crowned peacock brooch pin rare
$175.50
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ROYAL DUX CZECH HUGE TIGER SCULPTURE MATTE 321 RARE MINT
royal dux czech huge tiger sculpture matte 321 rare mint
$175.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton HN644 Pierette Figurine 1924 1938
very rare royal doulton hn644 pierette figurine 1924 1938
$600.00
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton HN1341 MARIETTA Figurine 1929 1940
extremely rare royal doulton hn1341 marietta figurine 1929 1940
$1,250.00
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Glenn Miller Character Toby Jug D6970 Royal Doulton Collectible VERY RARE
glenn miller character toby jug d6970 royal doulton collectible very rare
$223.50
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Royal China Rare White and Blue Floral Butter Dish and Salt and Pepper Set
royal china rare white and blue floral butter dish and salt and pepper set
$16.99
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Royal Doulton Large size Beef Eater 6  3 4 Inches Tall THIS IS A RARE  GR
royal doulton large size beef eater 6 3 4 inches tall this is a rare gr
$68.50
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FLAMBE THE HOMECOMING IMAGES OF FIRE FIGURINE LOVE DOVES
rare royal doulton flambe the homecoming images of fire figurine love doves
$450.00
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Rare Vintage Ceramic Hand Painted English Toby Mug Creamer Royal Doulton
rare vintage ceramic hand painted english toby mug creamer royal doulton
$27.95
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1982 ROYAL ORLEANS PUSS N BOOTS FROM SLEEPING BEAUTY 61 6000 VERY RARE
1982 royal orleans puss n boots from sleeping beauty 61 6000 very rare
$134.99
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Royal Doulton SPECTRE James Bond 007 Bulldog Jack Dog NEW Rare Mint Craig
royal doulton spectre james bond 007 bulldog jack dog new rare mint craig
$124.99
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RARE Vintage Royal Copenhagen Celadon covered jar w Mother  Baby 21046
rare vintage royal copenhagen celadon covered jar w mother baby 21046
$400.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Burslem Lusican Ewer by George White
rare royal doulton burslem lusican ewer by george white
$1,800.00
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Department 56 Old Royal Observatory Gold Dome RARE
department 56 old royal observatory gold dome rare
$250.00
quality
Royal Doulton Rare Hazel Figurine HN 1797
royal doulton rare hazel figurine hn 1797
$623.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Burslem Studio Luscian Ware Vase Signed by Leslie Johnson
rare royal doulton burslem studio luscian ware vase signed by leslie johnson
$1,750.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Amphora Vase Sheep in Pastoral Scene by Fred Walklate
royal doulton rare amphora vase sheep in pastoral scene by fred walklate
$725.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Kingsware Dewars Captain Phillip Flask
rare royal doulton kingsware dewars captain phillip flask
$699.00
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Queen Elizabeth I Pitcher Royal Doulton Rare Queensware Version
queen elizabeth i pitcher royal doulton rare queensware version
$289.00
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Rare by Royal Doulton Reclining Rabbit Figure HN2594 EH No Reserve
rare by royal doulton reclining rabbit figure hn2594 eh no reserve
$49.95
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RARE LEFTON CLASSIC CINEMAS ROYALE GONE WITH THE WIND 1995 MUSIC BOX TURNER
rare lefton classic cinemas royale gone with the wind 1995 music box turner
$69.95
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Vintage Royal Limoges France RARE trinket dish 24k gold
vintage royal limoges france rare trinket dish 24k gold
$10.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Blighty HN323 Titanian by EW Light
rare royal doulton figurine blighty hn323 titanian by ew light
$3,275.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Titanian Ware Vase Signed by Harry Allen
royal doulton rare titanian ware vase signed by harry allen
$1,099.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Titanian Ware Vase Bird of Paradise
royal doulton rare titanian ware vase bird of paradise
$799.00
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Royal China Company 11 PEACH ICE CREAM PIE Plate Country Harvest Series Rare
royal china company 11 peach ice cream pie plate country harvest series rare
$79.95
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Disneyland RARE HTF event exclusive sleeping beautys royal ball frame pin 2004
disneyland rare htf event exclusive sleeping beautys royal ball frame pin 2004
$45.00
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RARE OLD STOCK Isle Royale Lake Superior Agate 1 POUND 112 oz
rare old stock isle royale lake superior agate 1 pound 112 oz
$1,200.00
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RARE VHTF Disney Direct Pin Set Cinderella Rags to Royal Card 4 Pin Set LE OC
rare vhtf disney direct pin set cinderella rags to royal card 4 pin set le oc
$125.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Pigeon by Jeane Grut
rare vintage royal copenhagen porcelain pigeon by jeane grut
$139.00
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Royal Doulton BILLY  BUNTIE BUNNYKINS SLEIGH RIDE 1989 DB 81 signed RARE
royal doulton billy buntie bunnykins sleigh ride 1989 db 81 signed rare
$34.95
quality
Royal Copenhagen Arje Griegst Triton Bowl 14173 Outstanding Quality Rare
royal copenhagen arje griegst triton bowl 14173 outstanding quality rare
$99.99
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Grand Royal Arch Rare Portland Maine 1886 Centennial MedalRibbon
grand royal arch rare portland maine 1886 centennial medalribbon
$22.50
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Grand Royal Arch Rare Maine Chapter Badge 1897 Centennial Baltimore 1897
grand royal arch rare maine chapter badge 1897 centennial baltimore 1897
$22.50
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Vintage 1970s Magic Tricks Lot of 14 RARE Tenyo Royal Piatnik MUCH MORE
vintage 1970s magic tricks lot of 14 rare tenyo royal piatnik much more
$119.88
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OLD NICE  RARE WOODEN  SILVER INLAY ROYAL MUGHAL HOOKAH ART  COLLECTIBLES
old nice rare wooden silver inlay royal mughal hookah art collectibles
$258.70
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RARE BENGALI ROYAL LADY HISTORICAL BLACK  WHITE VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPH PORTRAIT
rare bengali royal lady historical black white vintage photograph portrait
$62.40
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Royal Winton Grimwades RARE Vase Pearlized Art Deco Style V Shape Handpainted
royal winton grimwades rare vase pearlized art deco style v shape handpainted
$125.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton D5521 Granny Dark Brown Glaze Large Character Jug
rare royal doulton d5521 granny dark brown glaze large character jug
$3,500.00
quality
Clark Gable Extremely Rare Royal Doulton Character Jug D6709
clark gable extremely rare royal doulton character jug d6709
$5,000.00
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Hatless Drake Royal Doulton Character Jug D6115 Very Rare
hatless drake royal doulton character jug d6115 very rare
$1,900.00
quality
Rare Set of 7 Signed Royal Hickman Fox Hunt Design Old Fashioned Rock Glasses
rare set of 7 signed royal hickman fox hunt design old fashioned rock glasses
$99.00
quality
Ard Of Earrings Royal DOULTON Rare LARGE Character Jug D6588
ard of earrings royal doulton rare large character jug d6588
$650.00
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton D7296 Lord Chamberlain Large Character Jug 98 100
extremely rare royal doulton d7296 lord chamberlain large character jug 98 100
$600.00
quality
Royal Doulton Red Haired Clown D5610 Rare Character Jug
royal doulton red haired clown d5610 rare character jug
$1,500.00
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Royal Doulton Pearly Girl Blue Jacket SMALL Character Jug Rare
royal doulton pearly girl blue jacket small character jug rare
$1,500.00
quality
Extremely Rare Royal Doulton Jester Wall Mask C1930 HN1630 Illustrated
extremely rare royal doulton jester wall mask c1930 hn1630 illustrated
$800.00
quality
Royal Doulton Rare Prototype Ankhessenamun D7128 SMALL Character Jug
royal doulton rare prototype ankhessenamun d7128 small character jug
$550.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton D6863 Maple Leaf Edition The Ring Master
rare royal doulton d6863 maple leaf edition the ring master
$100.00
quality
Royal Doulton Partners HN 3119 Figurine Rare Beautiful Mint
royal doulton partners hn 3119 figurine rare beautiful mint
$94.00
quality
HAND SIGNED Noke Royal Doulton Flambe Red Elephant EXTREMELY RARE
hand signed noke royal doulton flambe red elephant extremely rare
$1,476.00
quality
2 Rare Old Original Royal Indian Vintage Black  White Photograph Photo genuine
2 rare old original royal indian vintage black white photograph photo genuine
$45.00
quality
ROYAL COPENHAGEN 1915 COMMEMORATIVE PLATE 163 VERY RARE
royal copenhagen 1915 commemorative plate 163 very rare
$299.00
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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