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Rare 1985 Christmas Holiday Royal Orleans BUNNY RABBIT Trinket Candy Box JAPAN
rare 1985 christmas holiday royal orleans bunny rabbit trinket candy box japan
$39.98
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG JUG ASHTRAY FARMER JOHN OLD A MARK RARE 8290 3 DALTON
royal doulton toby mug jug ashtray farmer john old a mark rare 8290 3 dalton
$99.99
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Rare The Royal Yacht Dannebrog Bing and Grondahl BG 1895 Jule 1990 Copenhagen
rare the royal yacht dannebrog bing and grondahl bg 1895 jule 1990 copenhagen
$69.99
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VERY RARE VINTAGE PORCELAIN ROYAL DOULTON BIRD BULLFINCH K 31 BRINKMAN ESTATE
very rare vintage porcelain royal doulton bird bullfinch k 31 brinkman estate
$465.00
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Lot Of 3 Royal Doulton Jug Figurines Pool King Cole Barleycorn Rare Old
lot of 3 royal doulton jug figurines pool king cole barleycorn rare old
$7.90
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Ard of Earing Royal Doulton Toby Character Jug Rare D6588
ard of earing royal doulton toby character jug rare d6588
$1,800.00
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Early Rare Royal Doulton Easter Day Lady Figurine HN 1976
early rare royal doulton easter day lady figurine hn 1976
$599.95
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Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies SHARON Figurine 2013 HN 5624 RARE NEW
royal doulton pretty ladies sharon figurine 2013 hn 5624 rare new
$58.95
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Cliff Cornell Royal Doulton Toby Character Jug Rare Variation
cliff cornell royal doulton toby character jug rare variation
$175.00
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Vintage 1962 ROYAL DOULTON D6577 Gaoler Rare 4 Character Toby Mug Jug
vintage 1962 royal doulton d6577 gaoler rare 4 character toby mug jug
$29.99
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HN5196 Michael Faraday Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn5196 michael faraday royal doulton figurine rare
$399.99
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HN5195 Beethoven Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn5195 beethoven royal doulton figurine rare
$399.99
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HN4653 Michael Doulton Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn4653 michael doulton royal doulton figurine rare
$169.99
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HN5052 Alexander Graham Bell Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn5052 alexander graham bell royal doulton figurine rare
$399.99
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Chimpanzee Figurine Royal Doulton Animals USA Retired 1980 Excellent RARE
chimpanzee figurine royal doulton animals usa retired 1980 excellent rare
$48.50
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Vintage 1927 Teapot John Maddock  Sons Ltd Royal Ivory Teapot 713227 Rare
vintage 1927 teapot john maddock sons ltd royal ivory teapot 713227 rare
$75.00
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Royal Copenhagen White Bisque Greek Manhood Four Seasons Of Life Plate Rare
royal copenhagen white bisque greek manhood four seasons of life plate rare
$23.00
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN CRYSTAL VOTIVE CANDLEHOLDER with STAND 46 H
rare royal copenhagen crystal votive candleholder with stand 46 h
$199.00
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ANTIQUE RARE ROYAL DOULTON CISSIE FIGURINE NUMBERED GIRL ENGLAND
antique rare royal doulton cissie figurine numbered girl england
$100.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE Dimity HN 2169 Rare and Old Figurine
royal doulton figurine dimity hn 2169 rare and old figurine
$385.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN DACHSHUND DOG DENMARK RARE TAIL CHASER FIGURE 4
royal copenhagen dachshund dog denmark rare tail chaser figure 4
$120.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN 905 DENMARK THE WHITTLER SIGNED CHRISTIAN THOMSEN FIGURINE RARE
royal copenhagen 905 denmark the whittler signed christian thomsen figurine rare
$53.00
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VERY RARE Large Royal Doulton Character Jug KING CHARLES I D6917
very rare large royal doulton character jug king charles i d6917
$275.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON ORIGINAL ELIZA 12T LARGE  HN 2543 ENGLAND BONE CHINA 1972
rare royal doulton original eliza 12t large hn 2543 england bone china 1972
$49.99
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Royal Doulton Miniature Figurine Lot Dainty May M73  M67 RARE Up for ONE WK
royal doulton miniature figurine lot dainty may m73 m67 rare up for one wk
$824.99
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Rare  Vintage Set of 3 ROYAL CROWN ARNART Coffee Cups
rare vintage set of 3 royal crown arnart coffee cups
$9.99
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ROYAL DOULTON THE ORANGE LADY HN 1953 RARE RN 812548 ISSUED 1936 1975
royal doulton the orange lady hn 1953 rare rn 812548 issued 1936 1975
$129.00
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Rare 19937 Royal Doulon Bunnykins porridge bowlGame of Golf signed
rare 19937 royal doulon bunnykins porridge bowlgame of golf signed
$49.99
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Ware Sairey Gamp Victorian Street Platter
extremely rare royal doulton dickens ware sairey gamp victorian street platter
$69.95
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Royal Doulton Figurine Captain Cook HN2889 Yellow Map RARE
royal doulton figurine captain cook hn2889 yellow map rare
$330.00
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Ultra Rare 9 Toby Jug Royal Doulton Priest Friar Large Vintage ArtMark Mug
ultra rare 9 toby jug royal doulton priest friar large vintage artmark mug
$49.99
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VTG ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS WABASSO BATH TOWEL BUNNY FAMILY EASTER COTTAGE RARE
vtg royal doulton bunnykins wabasso bath towel bunny family easter cottage rare
$14.99
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RARE MINT CONDITION Collectable Royal Haeger USA Floral Design 16 Vase
rare mint condition collectable royal haeger usa floral design 16 vase
$75.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Honey perfect condition RARE
royal doulton figurine honey perfect condition rare
$125.00
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Royal Doulton Sabbath Morn HN1982 Womens Figurine 1945 Initialed RARE
royal doulton sabbath morn hn1982 womens figurine 1945 initialed rare
$59.99
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Chlloe M10 Miniature 764558
very rare royal doulton chlloe m10 miniature 764558
$249.00
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ROYAL DOULTON Lovely lady holding basket of flowers RARE Cissie HN 1809
royal doulton lovely lady holding basket of flowers rare cissie hn 1809
$60.00
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RARE 1945 ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK  694 GIRL GOATS FIGURINE JULIANE MARIE MARK
rare 1945 royal copenhagen denmark 694 girl goats figurine juliane marie mark
$460.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN3450 Catherine Parr 1993 6 High 562
rare royal doulton hn3450 catherine parr 1993 6 high 562
$1,995.00
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RARE 1957 Royal Copenhagen Nude Women with Water Pitcher 4359 Figurine
rare 1957 royal copenhagen nude women with water pitcher 4359 figurine
$750.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Sam Johnson D6289 Large 625 Toby Mug Jug England 1949
rare royal doulton sam johnson d6289 large 625 toby mug jug england 1949
$75.00
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VERY RARE Royal Doulton Buz Fuz Table Lighter 425 Tall Made in England
very rare royal doulton buz fuz table lighter 425 tall made in england
$99.99
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RARE ROYAL WESSEX ENGLAND BLUE WILLOW CHOP PLATE PLATTER
rare royal wessex england blue willow chop plate platter
$19.00
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS ENGLAND BONE CHINA TWO HANDLE MUG PLAYING TENNIS RARE
royal doulton bunnykins england bone china two handle mug playing tennis rare
$24.99
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ROYAL BAYREUTH CHINA PORCELAIN SMALL PITCHER RARE HUNTING SCENE CIRCA 1902 1930
royal bayreuth china porcelain small pitcher rare hunting scene circa 1902 1930
$75.00
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Royal Vienna Plate  Rare With Gold Trim
royal vienna plate rare with gold trim
$50.00
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Vintage Rare Royal Doulton England 4 quarter  Mirabel M74 Lady Figurine
vintage rare royal doulton england 4 quarter mirabel m74 lady figurine
$675.00
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Rare Vintage Dahl Jensen Robin figurine 1280 Royal Copenhagen DJ
rare vintage dahl jensen robin figurine 1280 royal copenhagen dj
$85.00
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ROYAL VALE BONE CHINA COLLECTOR Plate BIRD GOLD TRIM 6 lovely antique RARE
royal vale bone china collector plate bird gold trim 6 lovely antique rare
$19.99
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ROYAL VALE BONE CHINA COLLECTOR Plate BIRD GOLD TRIM 6 lovely antique RARE
royal vale bone china collector plate bird gold trim 6 lovely antique rare
$19.99
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rare BESWICK royal doulton group BUNRATTY CASTLE LIMITED EDITION only 5000 made
rare beswick royal doulton group bunratty castle limited edition only 5000 made
$49.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Elsa 7 Figurine White Dress
rare royal copenhagen elsa 7 figurine white dress
$199.99
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON THE JESTER PLATE D6277 RARE
vintage antique royal doulton the jester plate d6277 rare
$40.00
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Rare Royal Doulton International Notable Namesakes Rapunzel Fredrick Jackson
rare royal doulton international notable namesakes rapunzel fredrick jackson
$20.00
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VINTAGE LARGE JOHN BARLEYCORN RARE STYLE ONE ROYAL DOULTON 1934 1939
vintage large john barleycorn rare style one royal doulton 1934 1939
$20.00
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RARE ROYAL WORCESTER FREDA DOUGHTY FIGURE SEA BREEZE  3008 VITO BELL ESTATE
rare royal worcester freda doughty figure sea breeze 3008 vito bell estate
$395.00
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RARE ENGLISH ROYAL WORCESTER AGNES PINDER DAVIS FIGURE  3496 VITO BELL ESTATE
rare english royal worcester agnes pinder davis figure 3496 vito bell estate
$595.00
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Large Pitcher Rare Royal Doulton Early Toby Mug Pied Piper D6403 Mark
large pitcher rare royal doulton early toby mug pied piper d6403 mark
$89.99
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PERFECT RARE Old Charley D6144 Miniature Jug Royal Doulton
perfect rare old charley d6144 miniature jug royal doulton
$49.00
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Royal Doulton Falstaff Character Teapots D6854 1989 RARE
royal doulton falstaff character teapots d6854 1989 rare
$89.00
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RARE Large Royal Doulton Character Jug KING CHARLES I D6917 LE 1179 2500
rare large royal doulton character jug king charles i d6917 le 1179 2500
$285.00
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Rare Royal Doulton London Cry HN752  6 6 8 High 563
rare royal doulton london cry hn752 6 6 8 high 563
$1,295.00
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ROYAL DOULTON SMALL CHARACTER JUG TONY WELLER A Markings Rare
royal doulton small character jug tony weller a markings rare
$25.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Mr Toadflax DBH10 Brambly Hedge RUDE Version
rare royal doulton mr toadflax dbh10 brambly hedge rude version
$365.00
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Royal Doulton Toby Jug DICK TURPIN Small Character Mug old markings Very Rare
royal doulton toby jug dick turpin small character mug old markings very rare
$29.00
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Royal Copenhagen Figurine The Nightingale Model 1847 Excellent Condition Rare
royal copenhagen figurine the nightingale model 1847 excellent condition rare
$395.00
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Rare Royal Doulton No name No number Mrs Camp Toby Jug 4 1 8 High 538
rare royal doulton no name no number mrs camp toby jug 4 1 8 high 538
$495.00
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Rare Coll Royal Doulton No name No number M Picwick Toby Jug 4 3 8 High 539
rare coll royal doulton no name no number m picwick toby jug 4 3 8 high 539
$995.00
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Rare 1987 Original Jan Hagara Design B J Royal Orleans Tippi Porcelain Figurine
rare 1987 original jan hagara design b j royal orleans tippi porcelain figurine
$59.98
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL NORFOLK CREAMER AND TEAPOT SET
rare vintage royal norfolk creamer and teapot set
$15.00
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miniature Royal Doulton Paddy jug with rare A mark 2
miniature royal doulton paddy jug with rare a mark 2
$7.99
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Miniature Royal Doulton Mr Micowber Toby jug with rare A mark and initials
miniature royal doulton mr micowber toby jug with rare a mark and initials
$14.99
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Royal Doulton Miniature Womens Figurine Priscilla M13 VERY Rare Up for 2WKS
royal doulton miniature womens figurine priscilla m13 very rare up for 2wks
$644.99
quality
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
$33.89
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VERY Rare Royal Doulton M78 Windflower Figurine Up for ONE week only
very rare royal doulton m78 windflower figurine up for one week only
$297.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Pyjams 5 H 568
rare royal doulton pyjams 5 h 568
$695.00
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Royal Doulton Crock or Jar Very Rare Farmworkers Silhouette 1901 22
royal doulton crock or jar very rare farmworkers silhouette 1901 22
$50.00
quality
VINTAGE LARGE D5823 OWD MAC AULD MAC ROYAL DOULTON Toby Mug Jug Pitcher RARE
vintage large d5823 owd mac auld mac royal doulton toby mug jug pitcher rare
$149.99
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RARE Vintage O  EG Royal Austria SALT  PEPPER Shakers Oscar  Edgar Gutherz
rare vintage o eg royal austria salt pepper shakers oscar edgar gutherz
$22.00
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Royal Doulton Collectors Plate In Disgrace rare with Certof Auth mint
royal doulton collectors plate in disgrace rare with certof auth mint
$15.00
quality
Royal Doulton HN1140 Daschund Dog Figurine Rare Item10 Up for 2 weeks only
royal doulton hn1140 daschund dog figurine rare item10 up for 2 weeks only
$224.99
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Royal Doulton Rare Figurine A Child in Williamsburg
royal doulton rare figurine a child in williamsburg
$21.00
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Royal Doulton Bone China Swan Figurine Daisies and Cornflowers Rare NIB
royal doulton bone china swan figurine daisies and cornflowers rare nib
$14.99
quality
Royal Doulton Large Character Jug Cabinet Maker D7010 Rare Williamsburg
royal doulton large character jug cabinet maker d7010 rare williamsburg
$399.99
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Rare Royal Cauldon England Est 1774 Gads Hill The Home of Charles Dickens Plate
rare royal cauldon england est 1774 gads hill the home of charles dickens plate
$14.00
quality
Rare Royal Copenhagen figure Nathan the Wise 1413
rare royal copenhagen figure nathan the wise 1413
$299.00
quality
Rare Vintage Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Pan Faun  Bear No 648 Chr Thomsen
rare vintage royal copenhagen porcelain pan faun bear no 648 chr thomsen
$95.00
quality
Royal Doulton Disney Fairy Fira Pre Production Sample Figurine Rare
royal doulton disney fairy fira pre production sample figurine rare
$19.99
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RARE Antique 1910 1918 Bohemian Royal Dux Art Nouveau Porcelain Vase 3 D Woman
rare antique 1910 1918 bohemian royal dux art nouveau porcelain vase 3 d woman
$225.00
quality
Rare 2003 Royal Doulton Images Two Become One HN 4644 Figurine MIB
rare 2003 royal doulton images two become one hn 4644 figurine mib
$39.99
quality
Rare  New Condition Royal Copenhagen Plate Dish with Beautiful Cottage Scene
rare new condition royal copenhagen plate dish with beautiful cottage scene
$19.99
quality
Royal Doulton FIGURINE PAISLEY SHAWL RED  CREAM APPROX 8 half RARE
royal doulton figurine paisley shawl red cream approx 8 half rare
$75.99
quality
1962 ROYAL COPENHAGEN RC VERY RARE PRAESTEGAARD  MONSEN DANISH 50 YEAR PLATE
1962 royal copenhagen rc very rare praestegaard monsen danish 50 year plate
$6.74
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British  North American Royal Mail Co Cunard steamship china Cup saucer rare
british north american royal mail co cunard steamship china cup saucer rare
$3,379.86
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vtg ANIMAL figurine Royal Doulton porcelain PIG SOW RARE 6 3 4 l x 3 t
vtg animal figurine royal doulton porcelain pig sow rare 6 3 4 l x 3 t
$29.99
quality
Antique 1937 Dutch Royal Yacht Piet Hein BUILDER BOOK Rare Netherlands King
antique 1937 dutch royal yacht piet hein builder book rare netherlands king
$35.00
quality
Nepal Royal Nepalese Army rank slides complete set 26 pieces RARE as a set
nepal royal nepalese army rank slides complete set 26 pieces rare as a set
$199.00
quality
Old 1930 Royal Crown Cola Metal Coke Soda Bottle Shaped Sign RARE AND Like MINT
old 1930 royal crown cola metal coke soda bottle shaped sign rare and like mint
$49.00
quality
RARE ROYAL BULGARIAN KINGDOM BULGARIA SILVER PLATED BADGE MEDAL COAT OF ARMS
rare royal bulgarian kingdom bulgaria silver plated badge medal coat of arms
$550.00
quality
JANE HISSEY OLD BEAR ROYAL DOULTON COLLECTION INCLUDES UP UP AND AWAY RARE
jane hissey old bear royal doulton collection includes up up and away rare
$150.00
quality
Royal Selangor RARE frog and beetle on Lily Pad pen holder NO PEN excellent cond
royal selangor rare frog and beetle on lily pad pen holder no pen excellent cond
$24.99
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON MISPRINT ERROR THE POACHER THE LAWYER D 6464 TOBY 4 INCH
rare royal doulton misprint error the poacher the lawyer d 6464 toby 4 inch
$75.59
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE Wood Nymph HN 2192 SIGNED RL RARE
royal doulton figurine wood nymph hn 2192 signed rl rare
$86.39
quality
RARE Royal Doulton FigurineThe New Bonnet HN1957 Mint Conditon Dated 1942
rare royal doulton figurinethe new bonnet hn1957 mint conditon dated 1942
$794.25
quality
ROYAL CROWN BARN OWL 4028 RARE
royal crown barn owl 4028 rare
$1,000.00
quality
1936 Royal Doulton Bunnykins piggy Bank MINT rabbit bunny UK England Rare
1936 royal doulton bunnykins piggy bank mint rabbit bunny uk england rare
$27.19
quality
Rare Vintage 1963 Royal Doulton The Lobster Man Porcelain Figurine HN2323 75
rare vintage 1963 royal doulton the lobster man porcelain figurine hn2323 75
$399.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Creamery mik can 22 brass copper
rare vintage royal creamery mik can 22 brass copper
$31.99
quality
Vintage Estate Smoking Pipe WDC Sterling Carved Eagle Royal Demuth Rare
vintage estate smoking pipe wdc sterling carved eagle royal demuth rare
$31.95
quality
WOW RARE Duncan Royale Greatest Gift LovePassion Statue
wow rare duncan royale greatest gift lovepassion statue
$225.00
quality
ROYAL RUBY RED OLD MILWAUKEE 1963 Original Near perfect Label RARE
royal ruby red old milwaukee 1963 original near perfect label rare
$69.00
quality
WW2 NAVY PILOTS WING ROYAL DUTCH GOLD GILT ON SILVER VERY RARE UK MADE BY TOYE
ww2 navy pilots wing royal dutch gold gilt on silver very rare uk made by toye
$350.00
quality
GREENSTONE Michigan Isle Royale Freeform 23X19mm Very Rare and Collectible
greenstone michigan isle royale freeform 23x19mm very rare and collectible
$35.00
quality
Royal Doulton Figurine DAMARIS HN 2079 Excellent Very rare
royal doulton figurine damaris hn 2079 excellent very rare
$595.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Fox Hunt Plate D2397 Excellent Condition
rare royal doulton fox hunt plate d2397 excellent condition
$39.99
quality
RARE 1967 ROYAL COPENHAGEN ALUMINIA Herb Storage Jar With Original Cork Top
rare 1967 royal copenhagen aluminia herb storage jar with original cork top
$85.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS 3 PIECE PLACE SETTING WONDERFUL RARE LTD 1936
royal doulton bunnykins 3 piece place setting wonderful rare ltd 1936
$46.21
quality
1837 1897 Queen Victoria Diamond Jubilee Royal Family Portrait Medal RARE
1837 1897 queen victoria diamond jubilee royal family portrait medal rare
$29.99
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Version of LIFEGUARD
rare royal doulton version of lifeguard
$699.00
quality
Rare Early 1930s Royal Crown Cola store counter display advertising card
rare early 1930s royal crown cola store counter display advertising card
$26.00
quality
Vintage Glossy Black Royal Portable Typewriter White Glass Keys Rare A  1934
vintage glossy black royal portable typewriter white glass keys rare a 1934
$125.00
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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