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Vintage Royal Crown Rare Nurse Figurine Makes an excellent gift for a Nurse
vintage royal crown rare nurse figurine makes an excellent gift for a nurse
$29.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Standing Duck Figurine 1941Perfect Contition
rare royal copenhagen standing duck figurine 1941perfect contition
$50.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Sympathy 2876 Spectacular Rare ENGLAND BONE CHINA
royal doulton figurine sympathy 2876 spectacular rare england bone china
$49.99
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Rare VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLAYFUL POLAR BEAR CUB 729 Perfect Condition
rare vintage royal copenhagen playful polar bear cub 729 perfect condition
$44.00
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LARGE Desperate Dan Character Toby Jug D7006 By Royal Doulton ULTRA RARE
large desperate dan character toby jug d7006 by royal doulton ultra rare
$199.00
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Rare And Collectible Royal Doulton Peggie Davis September 1987 HN3166
rare and collectible royal doulton peggie davis september 1987 hn3166
$95.00
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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
$390.00
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RARE Royal Doulton PEARLY BOY MINI Character Jug Miniature Toby Arry Mug
rare royal doulton pearly boy mini character jug miniature toby arry mug
$290.00
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Royal Doulton Christmas Morn 1946 Rare and Collectible
royal doulton christmas morn 1946 rare and collectible
$150.00
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Royal Doulton Day Dreams Rdno 907474 Rare And Collectible
royal doulton day dreams rdno 907474 rare and collectible
$250.00
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ROYAL DOULTON THE MAYOR HN2280 MINT MAGNIFICENT FIGURINE REG475 RARE
royal doulton the mayor hn2280 mint magnificent figurine reg475 rare
$197.10
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton The Little Bridesmaid Rdno 760007
rare and collectible royal doulton the little bridesmaid rdno 760007
$295.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Dinky Do
rare and collectible royal doulton dinky do
$35.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Lily Rdno 820502
rare and collectible royal doulton lily rdno 820502
$65.00
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Royal Doulton Magician Bunnykins Colorway Edition Of 1000 Rare HTF
royal doulton magician bunnykins colorway edition of 1000 rare htf
$150.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Valerie 1952
rare and collectible royal doulton valerie 1952
$60.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Ivy figurine Rdno 814959 HN1768
rare and collectible royal doulton ivy figurine rdno 814959 hn1768
$50.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Figurine Rose HN 1368 EJ
rare and collectible royal doulton figurine rose hn 1368 ej
$30.00
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Royal Doulton Happy Birthday Bunnykins DB 21 DB21 MINT RARE SIGNED WITH BOX
royal doulton happy birthday bunnykins db 21 db21 mint rare signed with box
$32.99
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ROYAL DOULTON OFFICER OF THE LINE HN2733 MINT MAGNIFICENT REG525 RARE
royal doulton officer of the line hn2733 mint magnificent reg525 rare
$251.10
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Rare Royal Doulton Titanian Ware Bird of Paradise Series Vase Circa 1925
rare royal doulton titanian ware bird of paradise series vase circa 1925
$499.00
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VINTAGE RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE Boudoir HN2542 Haute Ensemble Collection
vintage rare royal doulton figurine boudoir hn2542 haute ensemble collection
$158.99
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Royal Doulton HN1058 Collie Ashstead Applause Dog Figurine RARE
royal doulton hn1058 collie ashstead applause dog figurine rare
$130.00
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ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY SANDHURST 3 piece Tea Set UK British Army Very rare
royal military academy sandhurst 3 piece tea set uk british army very rare
$75.00
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Rare Royal Haeger sea Shell Angel WING Ash Tray Vintage antique Gold lay 155
rare royal haeger sea shell angel wing ash tray vintage antique gold lay 155
$33.99
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Rare Wandering Minstrel Royal Doulton Loving Cup NO RESERVE
rare wandering minstrel royal doulton loving cup no reserve
$899.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Capt Phillp Kingsware Flask Jug Circa 1938
rare royal doulton capt phillp kingsware flask jug circa 1938
$649.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FRODO LORD OF THE RINGS MIDDLE EARTH MINT RARE REG295
royal doulton frodo lord of the rings middle earth mint rare reg295
$134.10
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Royal Doulton Fragrance Figurine HN 2334 Copr 1965 Rare
royal doulton fragrance figurine hn 2334 copr 1965 rare
$69.99
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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 Robin Hood 6534 Rare TOBY CHARACTER JUG 1959
royal doulton robin hood 6534 rare toby character jug 1959
$30.00
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LOT OF 2 VINTAGE RARE ROYAL COPLEY CERAMIC HORSE HEAD PLANTERS
lot of 2 vintage rare royal copley ceramic horse head planters
$8.99
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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON DOG FIGURINE HN 1032 SEALYHAM TERRIER RARE
vintage royal doulton dog figurine hn 1032 sealyham terrier rare
$94.99
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Vintage ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN1911 AUTUMN BREEZES RARE TWO FOOTED
vintage royal doulton figurine hn1911 autumn breezes rare two footed
$143.20
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton HN1885 Nadine Womens Figurine
extremely rare royal doulton hn1885 nadine womens figurine
$3,144.99
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ROYAL DOULTON DRAKE HATLESS VERY VERY RARE
royal doulton drake hatless very very rare
$3,500.00
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ADORABLE ROYAL DOULTON BEATRIX POTTER DOLLIE BUNNYKINS PLAYTIME1972RARE DB8
adorable royal doulton beatrix potter dollie bunnykins playtime1972rare db8
$24.95
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Royal Doulton Robin Hood Toby Mug  SM 35 perfect Condition Rare back handle
royal doulton robin hood toby mug sm 35 perfect condition rare back handle
$15.00
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Rare Royal Doulton England 4 quarter  Mirabel M74 Lady Figurine
rare royal doulton england 4 quarter mirabel m74 lady figurine
$675.00
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Rare Boy with Turban HN1212 Royal Doulton Figurine By Leslie Harradine
rare boy with turban hn1212 royal doulton figurine by leslie harradine
$1,400.00
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RARE 7 pc lot Honey Amber Royal Cauldon England Dickens Ware Plate Transferware
rare 7 pc lot honey amber royal cauldon england dickens ware plate transferware
$199.00
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Royal Doulton Chloe Figurine RN764558 HN1765 Rare
royal doulton chloe figurine rn764558 hn1765 rare
$374.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Tranquility 2469 Spectacular Rare Free Shipping
royal doulton figurine tranquility 2469 spectacular rare free shipping
$144.99
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Royal Victoria England Fine Bone China Footed Tea Cup Purple Flower antique rare
royal victoria england fine bone china footed tea cup purple flower antique rare
$2.50
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Rare Limited MAERSK Line Georg Jensen Royal Copenhagen Bottle Opener BNIB
rare limited maersk line georg jensen royal copenhagen bottle opener bnib
$250.00
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RARE Large Royal Doulton Character Mug Jug Albert Einstein D7023 EMC2 Free Ship
rare large royal doulton character mug jug albert einstein d7023 emc2 free ship
$299.99
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RARE Boehm Queen Elizabeth Royal Rose Society Plate
rare boehm queen elizabeth royal rose society plate
$29.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Red Flambe Dragon Fantasy HN3552 Figurine
rare royal doulton red flambe dragon fantasy hn3552 figurine
$229.00
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RARE Boehm Irish Gold Royal Rose Society Plate
rare boehm irish gold royal rose society plate
$24.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN VASE NEW PRETTY LARGE WHITE DENMARK RARE UNIQUE
royal copenhagen vase new pretty large white denmark rare unique
$69.99
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Royal Doulton PARTNERS IN COLLECTING BUNNYKINS DB151 Rare Red Colourway BOXED
royal doulton partners in collecting bunnykins db151 rare red colourway boxed
$39.95
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Rare Cameo Ribbon Vase With BACKWARD BACK MARK From Royal Heritage Collection
rare cameo ribbon vase with backward back mark from royal heritage collection
$39.99
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Royal Copenhagen Vintage Blue Vase with Flowers 353 396 MINT RARE
royal copenhagen vintage blue vase with flowers 353 396 mint rare
$60.00
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Rare Royal Doulton figurine HN 3211 Christening Day girl pink MINT
rare royal doulton figurine hn 3211 christening day girl pink mint
$80.00
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Royal Doulton Camille HN1586 Bone China Potted 1933 Figurine 675 EX RARE
royal doulton camille hn1586 bone china potted 1933 figurine 675 ex rare
$1,314.00
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ROYAL DOULTON REFLECTIONS FIGURINE HN 1847 VERY VERY RARE COLLECTABLES
royal doulton reflections figurine hn 1847 very very rare collectables
$1,000.00
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Royal Doulton Carol Singer Bunnykin RARE only 300 worldwide
royal doulton carol singer bunnykin rare only 300 worldwide
$325.00
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RARE ROYAL STUART SPENCER STEVENSON BONE CHINA CUP AND SAUCER ENGLAND
rare royal stuart spencer stevenson bone china cup and saucer england
$19.55
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Royal Doulton Vintage Teapot Made In England Rare
royal doulton vintage teapot made in england rare
$79.99
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Vintage Royal Copley Asian Man Planter Rare Estate Find
vintage royal copley asian man planter rare estate find
$13.00
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1954 RIP VAN WINKLE ROYAL DOULTON MINITURE CHARACTER CREAMER MADE ENGLAND RARE
1954 rip van winkle royal doulton miniture character creamer made england rare
$10.00
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Rare htf 1984 Royal Manor Plate Support Your Local Symphony wcoa
rare htf 1984 royal manor plate support your local symphony wcoa
$4.15
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R1608 RARE ROYAL DOULTON MEDITATION FIGURINE HN2330 MINT CONDITION ON SALE
r1608 rare royal doulton meditation figurine hn2330 mint condition on sale
$99.99
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Vintage Tiny Mini Royal Doulton Mr Pickwick 1 quarter  Jug Very Rare
vintage tiny mini royal doulton mr pickwick 1 quarter jug very rare
$29.95
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ROYAL DOULTON REYNARD the FOX Seriesware Demitasse set of 4 w original box RARE
royal doulton reynard the fox seriesware demitasse set of 4 w original box rare
$150.50
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Rare Beswick Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter Miss Moppet BP3b F Warne England
rare beswick royal doulton beatrix potter miss moppet bp3b f warne england
$89.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Farmer John  8290 Ash Bowl 1939 1960 Perfect Condition
rare royal doulton farmer john 8290 ash bowl 1939 1960 perfect condition
$99.50
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KDM DAALDEROP HOLLAND ROYAL PEWTER COFFEE TEA SET 5 PC RARE SET CLEAN W TRAY
kdm daalderop holland royal pewter coffee tea set 5 pc rare set clean w tray
$70.00
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Royal Doulton Taking Things Easy Rare White Figurine
royal doulton taking things easy rare white figurine
$199.99
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Rare SGA Willmington Blue Rocks KC Royals Salt And Pepper Shakers New Unique
rare sga willmington blue rocks kc royals salt and pepper shakers new unique
$2.50
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Rare Royal Copenhagen 1966 Gray Mouse on Sugar Cubes 510
rare royal copenhagen 1966 gray mouse on sugar cubes 510
$8.95
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Rare Royal Copenhagen 1945 Girl From Funen by Carl Martin Hansen 12420
rare royal copenhagen 1945 girl from funen by carl martin hansen 12420
$26.00
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Royal Doulton Jug Mug TONY WELLER D5531 RARE EXTRA LARGE SIZE A Mk PERFECT NoRes
royal doulton jug mug tony weller d5531 rare extra large size a mk perfect nores
$49.95
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Rare vintage Royal crown Girl With Guitar
rare vintage royal crown girl with guitar
$25.00
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Rare Signed Royal Brierley England 30 Pb Cut Lead Crystal Dinner Bell
rare signed royal brierley england 30 pb cut lead crystal dinner bell
$26.99
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1995 Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate The Manor House RARE
1995 royal copenhagen christmas plate the manor house rare
$49.99
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ROYAL SCHWABAP Vintage 1984 Hand Painted Coffee Mug Cup 1984 Rare Boat Holland
royal schwabap vintage 1984 hand painted coffee mug cup 1984 rare boat holland
$9.99
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Rare Franklin Mint Royal Doulton Weberbauer Fine Bone China 8 Collector Plate
rare franklin mint royal doulton weberbauer fine bone china 8 collector plate
$6.99
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Royal Doulton Series Fat Boy Ash Tray Set Rare
royal doulton series fat boy ash tray set rare
$65.00
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RARE MICHAEL SUTTY 5th ROYAL LANCER HORSEBACK MILITARY FIGURE
rare michael sutty 5th royal lancer horseback military figure
$1,200.00
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Royal Doulton Mother And Daughter Figurine Rare HN2841 HN 2841 RARE
royal doulton mother and daughter figurine rare hn2841 hn 2841 rare
$99.00
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VERY RARE NOEL Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plates French Nol 1937 1940 + 1943
very rare noel royal copenhagen christmas plates french nol 1937 1940 + 1943
$2,888.99
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE SWEET AND TWENTY HN1610 RARE ISSUED 1933 1938 MINT
royal doulton figurine sweet and twenty hn1610 rare issued 1933 1938 mint
$225.00
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN 1928 Weihnachten Christmas Plate
rare royal copenhagen 1928 weihnachten christmas plate
$6.50
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Rare Royal Copenhagen figure Nathan the Wise 1413
rare royal copenhagen figure nathan the wise 1413
$429.00
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN 1916 Weihnachten Christmas Plate
rare royal copenhagen 1916 weihnachten christmas plate
$46.00
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN 1918 Weihnachten Christmas Plate
rare royal copenhagen 1918 weihnachten christmas plate
$48.00
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RARE VINTAGE CANDY dish WEDGWOOD ROYAL BERMUDA YACHT CLUB bone china England
rare vintage candy dish wedgwood royal bermuda yacht club bone china england
$11.50
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VINTAGE ROYAL CROWFORD IRONSTONEBY ARTHUR WOOD ENGLAND POTTERYRARE CHICKEN UK
vintage royal crowford ironstoneby arthur wood england potteryrare chicken uk
$39.99
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RARE antique Royal Doulton Plate Fox Hunt Hunting Equestrian George Morlan 95
rare antique royal doulton plate fox hunt hunting equestrian george morlan 95
$58.00
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RARE antique Royal Doulton Plate Fox Hunt Hunting Equestrian George Morlan 95
rare antique royal doulton plate fox hunt hunting equestrian george morlan 95
$58.00
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RARE antique Royal Doulton Plate Fox Hunt Hunting Equestrian George Morlan 95
rare antique royal doulton plate fox hunt hunting equestrian george morlan 95
$58.00
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RARE antique Royal Doulton Plate Fox Hunt Hunting Equestrian George Morlan 95
rare antique royal doulton plate fox hunt hunting equestrian george morlan 95
$58.00
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Rare Cross Townsend 925 Sterling Silver Soft ball Point Royal Gift NEW Ireland
rare cross townsend 925 sterling silver soft ball point royal gift new ireland
$192.00
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Rare Romania Rumania Bene Merenti Order of the Royal House 3CL WEARERS COPY
rare romania rumania bene merenti order of the royal house 3cl wearers copy
$499.99
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70 90s RARE HONG KONG FIREMAN FIREFIGHTING lot of 18 UNIFORM ROYAL BUTTON
70 90s rare hong kong fireman firefighting lot of 18 uniform royal button
$79.99
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Rare Blue Large Royal Doulton The Guardsman
rare blue large royal doulton the guardsman
$249.00
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DEPT 56THE OLD ROYAL OBSERVATORYGOLD DOME1543 OF 5500 RAREBRAND NEW
dept 56the old royal observatorygold dome1543 of 5500 rarebrand new
$159.95
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ROYAL DOULTON TINKLE BELL HN 1677 BEAUTIFUL CONDITION RARE
royal doulton tinkle bell hn 1677 beautiful condition rare
$25.00
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RARE VINTAGE BLUE ROYAL SAFARI TYPEWRITER W CASE
rare vintage blue royal safari typewriter w case
$64.95
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Ultra Rare ROYAL WEST AFRICA FRONTIER FORCE MUG  TRENCH ART to MAJOR HALE
ultra rare royal west africa frontier force mug trench art to major hale
$207.70
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Vintage Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Curly Locks Nursery Rhyme Series HN 2049
vintage rare royal doulton figurine curly locks nursery rhyme series hn 2049
$200.00
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS 1936 LAMP BASE ALBION SHAPE 6 DIAMETER VINTAGE RARE
royal doulton bunnykins 1936 lamp base albion shape 6 diameter vintage rare
$40.00
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Rare Limited Tequila Gran Corralejo Spanish Royal Crown Liquor Glass Bottle Empt
rare limited tequila gran corralejo spanish royal crown liquor glass bottle empt
$29.99
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OLD Promotional US ROYAL TIRE ASHTRAY United States Rubber Co Very Rare
old promotional us royal tire ashtray united states rubber co very rare
$49.95
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON Character THE FORTUNE TELLER D6497
rare royal doulton character the fortune teller d6497
$125.00
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Antique Royal store coffee grinder spectacular early tool original paint rare
antique royal store coffee grinder spectacular early tool original paint rare
$249.99
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VINTAGE 1981 ROYAL DOULTON AND NISBET PORCELAIN DOLL LOT SMALL SISTER MAID RARE
vintage 1981 royal doulton and nisbet porcelain doll lot small sister maid rare
$24.99
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3 VTG ROYAL CAST ALUMINUM Wall Decor Art Hanger Violin Mandolin Lute Fiddle RARE
3 vtg royal cast aluminum wall decor art hanger violin mandolin lute fiddle rare
$30.00
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RARE ANTIQUE ART DECO FIRST TYPE EMBOSSED RC ROYAL CROWN SODA BOTTLE PIC O CROWN
rare antique art deco first type embossed rc royal crown soda bottle pic o crown
$49.99
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Vintage rare Green Royal Sealy Fruits Flowers Teapot Coffee Pot Cookie Jar Japan
vintage rare green royal sealy fruits flowers teapot coffee pot cookie jar japan
$60.00
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Rare Old Royal Doulton Pottery Greyhound Figurine with Original Sticker HN1077
rare old royal doulton pottery greyhound figurine with original sticker hn1077
$345.00
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Harmony Kingdom 1996 Royal Watch Whale RW96WH in Box With Paper Rare
harmony kingdom 1996 royal watch whale rw96wh in box with paper rare
$65.00
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PARKER ROYAL WEDDING 29 JULY 1981 STAINLESS STEEL PENS SET  INSTRUCTIONS RARE
parker royal wedding 29 july 1981 stainless steel pens set instructions rare
$37.65
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Royal Doulton Guardsman 1986 Rare new still has sticker Collectable
royal doulton guardsman 1986 rare new still has sticker collectable
$29.95
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RARE Royal Doulton Small MAD HATTER D6790 Toby Character Mug Jug Higbee
rare royal doulton small mad hatter d6790 toby character mug jug higbee
$129.99
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Vintage Royal Coburg AMELIA  22445 Dinner Plate EXTREMELY RARE FIND EUC
vintage royal coburg amelia 22445 dinner plate extremely rare find euc
$32.99
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VTG ZENITH ROYAL 300 BURGUNDY TRANSISTOR RADIO w STAND RARE WORKS GREAT
vtg zenith royal 300 burgundy transistor radio w stand rare works great
$29.99
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HOWARD JOHNSONS RESTAURANT BANANA ROYAL  MARY ANN ICE CREAM DISHES  RARE
howard johnsons restaurant banana royal mary ann ice cream dishes rare
$49.95
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Royal doulton vintage rare plate 6377 Dr JOHNSON AT THE CHESHIRE CHEESE
royal doulton vintage rare plate 6377 dr johnson at the cheshire cheese
$49.99
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RARE OLDER RC ROYAL CROWN COLA CARDBOARD 6 PACK WITH 6 NICE 10 OZ BOTTLE
rare older rc royal crown cola cardboard 6 pack with 6 nice 10 oz bottle
$23.00
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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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