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Royal Doulton Figurine SILK  RIBBONS HN 2017 1948 Rare Mint Made England 7
royal doulton figurine silk ribbons hn 2017 1948 rare mint made england 7
$83.30
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Royal Doulton Figurine Biddy Pennyfarthing HN 1843 Rare Mint Made England 9
royal doulton figurine biddy pennyfarthing hn 1843 rare mint made england 9
$104.30
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RARE 1976 Royal Copenhagen Egg Herrup or Meerup in Org Box LK
rare 1976 royal copenhagen egg herrup or meerup in org box lk
$49.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Autumn Breeze HN 1934 Retired Rare 2 footed England
royal doulton figurine autumn breeze hn 1934 retired rare 2 footed england
$64.99
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Majolica 1924 Embossed Madonna  Child Christmas Charger
rare royal copenhagen majolica 1924 embossed madonna child christmas charger
$249.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Hand Painted Bone China Cradle Song Figure 1958 HN 2246
rare royal doulton hand painted bone china cradle song figure 1958 hn 2246
$359.00
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Royal Doulton  Rare Sung Ware Flambe Vase By Harry Nixon Circa 1925
royal doulton rare sung ware flambe vase by harry nixon circa 1925
$1,000.00
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Royal Doulton England Figurine Country Rose HN 3221 Fine Bone China 1988 Rare
royal doulton england figurine country rose hn 3221 fine bone china 1988 rare
$37.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Bisque 1982 MRS BUNNYKINS AT THE EASTER PARADE DB 19
royal doulton rare bisque 1982 mrs bunnykins at the easter parade db 19
$49.99
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Very Rare Royal Copenhagen Miniature Plate WINDMILL 2985 2 985 PLUS EXTRAS
very rare royal copenhagen miniature plate windmill 2985 2 985 plus extras
$9.99
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ROYAL DOULTON Charles II at Chelses Hospital plate Historical England RARE
royal doulton charles ii at chelses hospital plate historical england rare
$65.00
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Royal Doulton Rare and Unique Flambe Vase by Harry Nixon 105  H
royal doulton rare and unique flambe vase by harry nixon 105 h
$599.00
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RARE Royal Norfolk Winter Snowman Hearts Christmas Coffee Tea Mug
rare royal norfolk winter snowman hearts christmas coffee tea mug
$0.99
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Royal Albert Beatrix Potter Johnny Town Mouse with a Bag Figurine RARE
royal albert beatrix potter johnny town mouse with a bag figurine rare
$59.99
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RARE MDOULTON SIGNED Royal Doulton 2010 BEEFEATER Toby Character MUG 7
rare mdoulton signed royal doulton 2010 beefeater toby character mug 7
$166.45
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RARE Royal Copenhagen SKATERS  SKATES Paper Ornaments Denmark SET of 4
rare royal copenhagen skaters skates paper ornaments denmark set of 4
$19.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON PROTOTYPE LARGE SIZE GAOLER EXCELLENT CONDITION
rare royal doulton prototype large size gaoler excellent condition
$800.00
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DEWARS WHISKY STONEWARE LARGE JUG BY ROYAL DOULTON 1910s MINT RARE PITCHER
dewars whisky stoneware large jug by royal doulton 1910s mint rare pitcher
$175.00
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ROYAL DOULTON A THING OF BEAUTY IS A JOY FOREVER PLATE RARE SERIES WARE PLATE
royal doulton a thing of beauty is a joy forever plate rare series ware plate
$95.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Isaac Walton Ware 2 piece Soapdish Still Useful
rare royal doulton isaac walton ware 2 piece soapdish still useful
$56.00
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Antique Royal Doulton Rare Beautiful Baby This Little Pig HN 1793 MINT
antique royal doulton rare beautiful baby this little pig hn 1793 mint
$29.99
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RARE Royal Doulton 1967 LOBSTER MAN Toby Character Jug 8 SIGNED By M DOULTON
rare royal doulton 1967 lobster man toby character jug 8 signed by m doulton
$134.95
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON LOVE LETTER HN 2149 HN2149 550+
rare royal doulton love letter hn 2149 hn2149 550+
$399.95
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RARE Royal Doulton 1979 FALSTAFF Character Toby Jug SIGNED By M DOULTON 85
rare royal doulton 1979 falstaff character toby jug signed by m doulton 85
$148.45
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Vtg Royal Worcester White Rabbit 3611 Alice Wonderland Porcelain Figurine RARE
vtg royal worcester white rabbit 3611 alice wonderland porcelain figurine rare
$599.00
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Royal Copley USA 2 Bowl Set Vintage Rare Unique Yellow Pink Brown Spatter Tag
royal copley usa 2 bowl set vintage rare unique yellow pink brown spatter tag
$58.45
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ROYAL DOULTON RARE COLLINETTE HN1999 VERY OLD VERY NICE 1947 1949
royal doulton rare collinette hn1999 very old very nice 1947 1949
$375.25
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine Fortune Teller HN 2159
rare royal doulton figurine fortune teller hn 2159
$259.00
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FANTASTIC ROYAL DOULTON D6045 MINIATURE SAIREY GAMP CHARACTER JUG VERY RARE
fantastic royal doulton d6045 miniature sairey gamp character jug very rare
$6.66
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN FIGURINE 1783 HANS  TRINE VERY RARE FREE SHIP  INSURANCE
royal copenhagen figurine 1783 hans trine very rare free ship insurance
$188.99
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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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Rare Royal Doulton Paddy Character Jug No 1930s Mini
rare royal doulton paddy character jug no 1930s mini
$22.00
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Department 56 Dickens 56 5584 0 5584 0 Theatre Royale RARE 1992 Edition NEW OB
department 56 dickens 56 5584 0 5584 0 theatre royale rare 1992 edition new ob
$49.99
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VINTAGE SMALL ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLATE COLLECTOR KIOBINGHUS 1645 DENMARK RARE
vintage small royal copenhagen plate collector kiobinghus 1645 denmark rare
$11.99
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Vintage rare two royal doulton christmas collector plates 1994 and 1998
vintage rare two royal doulton christmas collector plates 1994 and 1998
$18.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Daschund Dog Figurine Small HN1141
rare royal doulton daschund dog figurine small hn1141
$249.99
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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
$44.99
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Royal Doulton June Figurine HN1947 Rare Up for 2 weeks only
royal doulton june figurine hn1947 rare up for 2 weeks only
$584.99
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Royal Doulton Top of the Hill figurine HN 1833 Rare Green
royal doulton top of the hill figurine hn 1833 rare green
$72.99
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RARE 1920 1930 King Chr X on Horse Commemorative Plate ROYAL COPENHAGEN
rare 1920 1930 king chr x on horse commemorative plate royal copenhagen
$225.00
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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 Titanian Ware Bird of Paradise Series Vase Circa 1925
rare royal doulton titanian ware bird of paradise series vase circa 1925
$599.00
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RARE Royal Doulton SWEET SIXTEEN HN2231 Dated 1957 MINT CONDITION
rare royal doulton sweet sixteen hn2231 dated 1957 mint condition
$400.00
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Royal Tara Bone China large trinket box green clovers RARE Heart
royal tara bone china large trinket box green clovers rare heart
$29.99
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Rare Royal Doulton The Family Album HN 2321 Figurine
rare royal doulton the family album hn 2321 figurine
$289.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON Irish Setter Dog Figurine Hn 1055 Vintage
rare royal doulton irish setter dog figurine hn 1055 vintage
$99.95
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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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Franklin Mint Royal Swan RARE 1989 GORGEOUS Musr QQ
franklin mint royal swan rare 1989 gorgeous musr qq
$89.99
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RARE Signed JS and Numbered 9 HN 2644 Royal Doulton Elephant Figurine
rare signed js and numbered 9 hn 2644 royal doulton elephant figurine
$375.00
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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 Royal Doulton THE OLD BALLOON SELLER Figurine HN1315 Figure Dated to 1942
rare royal doulton the old balloon seller figurine hn1315 figure dated to 1942
$89.99
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Rare Old Historical Royal Doulton Plate CD Gibson Blue White transfer ware
rare old historical royal doulton plate cd gibson blue white transfer ware
$75.00
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Pair of Royal Doulton HN1140 Daschund Dog K14 Figurine Rare
pair of royal doulton hn1140 daschund dog k14 figurine rare
$160.00
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RARE DATE CODED LARGE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG OLD SALT D6551 COPR1960
rare date coded large royal doulton toby jug old salt d6551 copr1960
$49.00
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Royal Doulton  Co Limited The Coachman Figurine Character Statue Rare Scarce
royal doulton co limited the coachman figurine character statue rare scarce
$500.00
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RARE LARGE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG GAOLER D6570 COPR1962
rare large royal doulton toby jug gaoler d6570 copr1962
$49.00
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Vintage Shawnee Spaniel Planter Rare Royal Blue Purple Color 1930s
vintage shawnee spaniel planter rare royal blue purple color 1930s
$14.99
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Vintage Royal Copley Ceramic Hen and Rooster Figurines Multicolored Cock Rare
vintage royal copley ceramic hen and rooster figurines multicolored cock rare
$14.99
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE 1990 RARE WAITING FOR A TRAIN HN 3315 LIMITED EDITION
royal doulton figurine 1990 rare waiting for a train hn 3315 limited edition
$200.00
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Drummer Boy Royal Doulton Figurine HN2679 RARE RETIRED PIECE EXCELLENT
drummer boy royal doulton figurine hn2679 rare retired piece excellent
$186.99
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VINTAGE RARE STEIN HER HIGHNESS CASTLE 12 OZ ROYAL HEAVY DURABLE TRAVEL MUG CUP
vintage rare stein her highness castle 12 oz royal heavy durable travel mug cup
$18.39
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Rare Antique ROYAL VIENNA 1890s BEEHIVE Blue White  Gold Porcelain Cup
rare antique royal vienna 1890s beehive blue white gold porcelain cup
$11.50
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Royal Doulton Large Toby The Squire 1950 Very Rare
royal doulton large toby the squire 1950 very rare
$50.00
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Rare Hand Painted Royal Tara Vase Hand Made In Ireland Vtg Collectible Harmony
rare hand painted royal tara vase hand made in ireland vtg collectible harmony
$12.99
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RARE Royal Doulton DOULTONVILLE snuffer Betty Bitters Barmaid UK Made
rare royal doulton doultonville snuffer betty bitters barmaid uk made
$24.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS ENGLISH MINSTREL 211 LE Made in the UK
rare royal doulton bunnykins english minstrel 211 le made in the uk
$29.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS WHITE CAVALIER DB 179 LE Made in the UK
rare royal doulton bunnykins white cavalier db 179 le made in the uk
$499.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Character Jug PAIR D7113 7114 Ronnie Corbett Barker England
rare royal doulton character jug pair d7113 7114 ronnie corbett barker england
$199.99
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RARE NOT FOR SALE PROTOTYPE ROYAL DOULTON  THE GRADUATE  FIGURINE NO1 HN5039
rare not for sale prototype royal doulton the graduate figurine no1 hn5039
$500.94
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RARE Vintage Royal Doulton AUSTRALIAN SYDNEY Bunnykins DB195 Limited Edition UK
rare vintage royal doulton australian sydney bunnykins db195 limited edition uk
$89.99
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Royal Doulton BUNNYKINS WIZARD RARE SPECIAL EDITION DB 168 Made in UK UKI LE
royal doulton bunnykins wizard rare special edition db 168 made in uk uki le
$119.99
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Royal Doulton Character Jug Home Guard D7207 LImited Edition 250 RARE in Orig Bx
royal doulton character jug home guard d7207 limited edition 250 rare in orig bx
$299.99
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Royal Doulton Character Jug AIR RAID WARDEN D7209 LImited Edition 250 RARE
royal doulton character jug air raid warden d7209 limited edition 250 rare
$299.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS WHITE WELSH LADY DB 172 LE Made in the UK
rare royal doulton bunnykins white welsh lady db 172 le made in the uk
$499.99
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Royal Doulton Character Jug WOMANS LAND ARMY D7206 LImited Edition 250 RARE
royal doulton character jug womans land army d7206 limited edition 250 rare
$299.99
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ROYAL DOULTON IRISHMAN BUNNYKINS  DB178 RARE COLOURWAY PROTOTYPE
royal doulton irishman bunnykins db178 rare colourway prototype
$399.99
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Royal Doulton London Bobby Character Jug D6477 Large SILVER WHISTLE VERY RARE
royal doulton london bobby character jug d6477 large silver whistle very rare
$899.99
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Royal Doulton Ltd Ed Bunnykins Aussie Explorer D7027 Tea Pot Dated 1996 RARE
royal doulton ltd ed bunnykins aussie explorer d7027 tea pot dated 1996 rare
$89.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton 5 PC Set Royal Family Bunnykins RARE LIMITED EDITION UK M
vintage royal doulton 5 pc set royal family bunnykins rare limited edition uk m
$249.99
quality
Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins Medieval Jester DB161 LE Rare Made in the UK
vintage royal doulton bunnykins medieval jester db161 le rare made in the uk
$139.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins Seriesware RARE RIMMED Bowl Fathers Day BARBARA
vintage royal doulton bunnykins seriesware rare rimmed bowl fathers day barbara
$24.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SWEET AND TWENTY HN 1298 LARGE ENGLAND DISCONTINUED HARRADINE
rare royal doulton sweet and twenty hn 1298 large england discontinued harradine
$114.99
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Vintage RARE ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS FIGURE FOOTBALLER DB119 LIMITED EDITION
vintage rare royal doulton bunnykins figure footballer db119 limited edition
$499.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton ALL WHITE CLOWN DB 128 Bunnykins RARE LIMITED EDITION 750
vintage royal doulton all white clown db 128 bunnykins rare limited edition 750
$449.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins Cup And Saucer Western Cowboy Pattern RARE
vintage royal doulton bunnykins cup and saucer western cowboy pattern rare
$24.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins DB 103 BEDTIME RARE COLOURWAY SIGNED LIMITED ED
vintage royal doulton bunnykins db 103 bedtime rare colourway signed limited ed
$249.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton ALL WHITE CLOWN DB 129 Bunnykins RARE LIMITED EDITION 250
vintage royal doulton all white clown db 129 bunnykins rare limited edition 250
$599.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins DB 62 Happy Christmas ORNAMENT LE Figurine RARE
vintage royal doulton bunnykins db 62 happy christmas ornament le figurine rare
$499.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton BLUE Flambe 10 Pedistal Bowl Country Scene VERY RARE
vintage royal doulton blue flambe 10 pedistal bowl country scene very rare
$399.99
quality
Vintage Royal Doulton BLUE Flambe 11 Large Bowl Welsh Lion VERY RARE
vintage royal doulton blue flambe 11 large bowl welsh lion very rare
$599.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Blue Onion Blue  White Large Egg Cup Rare Size
vintage royal doulton blue onion blue white large egg cup rare size
$12.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins DB 53 Carol SInger Music Box UK Made RARE
vintage royal doulton bunnykins db 53 carol singer music box uk made rare
$239.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins Figurine Bedtime Bunnykins DB 63 RARE LIMTED ED
vintage royal doulton bunnykins figurine bedtime bunnykins db 63 rare limted ed
$199.99
quality

ORIGINAL Antique ROMANIAN ROYAL OFFICER DIRK BOOT Knife Very old rare CHEAP
original antique romanian royal officer dirk boot knife very old rare cheap
$90.00
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Royal Thai Army Special Forces Woodlands Uniform Set Rare
royal thai army special forces woodlands uniform set rare
$48.88
quality
NEW IN BOX Vintage UAC Royal Orleans PINK PANTHER Figural Coffee MUG Cup RARE
new in box vintage uac royal orleans pink panther figural coffee mug cup rare
$75.99
quality
Royal Doulton Kingsware Fisherman Whiskey Jug Flagon Noke Rare 1904
royal doulton kingsware fisherman whiskey jug flagon noke rare 1904
$450.00
quality
BS773 RARE 1933 Chicago World Fair Brochure The Royal Scot Railway Great Britain
bs773 rare 1933 chicago world fair brochure the royal scot railway great britain
$34.99
quality
VERY RARE ROYAL DOULTON TOP O THE HILL BONE CHINA FIGURINE HN 1834 RDNO822821
very rare royal doulton top o the hill bone china figurine hn 1834 rdno822821
$29.00
quality
Royal Hickman Large 3 Dolphin Vase Lofisa Mexico RARE
royal hickman large 3 dolphin vase lofisa mexico rare
$199.99
quality
Rare Vintage Lady Diana and Prince Charles Royal Wedding Commemorative Tin 1981
rare vintage lady diana and prince charles royal wedding commemorative tin 1981
$21.99
quality
CROWN ROYAL XR RED Extra Rare Empty BOTTLE  BOX  BAG No Longer Available MINT
crown royal xr red extra rare empty bottle box bag no longer available mint
$430.00
quality
50 Princess Diana plaque set Exclusive to Everything Royal RARE
50 princess diana plaque set exclusive to everything royal rare
$299.00
quality
MATHEMAGIC by Royal Vale Hearh very rare 1933
mathemagic by royal vale hearh very rare 1933
$40.00
quality
Royal Doulton Magician Bunnykins Colorway Edition Of 1000 Rare HTF
royal doulton magician bunnykins colorway edition of 1000 rare htf
$175.00
quality
Royal Doulton Toby Mug Large William Shakespeare Mint Condition RARE
royal doulton toby mug large william shakespeare mint condition rare
$64.99
quality
Huge 5 brass VR crown royal majesty letter patent gate lockRARE
huge 5 brass vr crown royal majesty letter patent gate lockrare
$79.99
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1946 Royal Doulton England Character Toby Mug Arry MINT RARE
1946 royal doulton england character toby mug arry mint rare
$119.00
quality
1949 Royal Doulton Toby Jug Jarge NRMT MINT condition Mug RARE
1949 royal doulton toby jug jarge nrmt mint condition mug rare
$199.00
quality
1948 LARGE 6 ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND TOBY JUG MR PICKWICK MINT RARE
1948 large 6 royal doulton england toby jug mr pickwick mint rare
$179.00
quality
1946 ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND TOBY CHARACTER JUG ARRIET MINT RARE
1946 royal doulton england toby character jug arriet mint rare
$199.00
quality
Vintage Royal Doulton Toby Jug Sam Weller LARGE MINT RARE
vintage royal doulton toby jug sam weller large mint rare
$179.00
quality
1929 Rare Don Jos Joaquin Carreras Royal Black Cat Historic Playing Cards
1929 rare don jos joaquin carreras royal black cat historic playing cards
$295.00
quality
Zenith Royal Six Clock Tube Radio 1950s Model A624G VERY RARE
zenith royal six clock tube radio 1950s model a624g very rare
$79.99
quality
Rare Antique Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation Loving Cup by Royal Doulton
rare antique queen elizabeth ii 1953 coronation loving cup by royal doulton
$99.00
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2 Vintage RARE Royal Doulton Flambe Color Collectors Club 1982 Dog of Foo Signed
2 vintage rare royal doulton flambe color collectors club 1982 dog of foo signed
$160.00
quality
RARE VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN DUCK FIGURE 119 FIGURINE
rare vintage royal copenhagen duck figure 119 figurine
$40.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Betsy vintage and rare
royal doulton figurine betsy vintage and rare
$139.99
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The Royal Army Dental Corps ORs Cap Badge Cap Badge RARE BEAUTIFUL PIECE
the royal army dental corps ors cap badge cap badge rare beautiful piece
$29.99
quality
The Royal Electrical  Mechanical Cap Badge RARE BEAUTIFUL GEM
the royal electrical mechanical cap badge rare beautiful gem
$29.99
quality
1920s Royal Typewriter W CASE White Glass Keys Rare Brown Color
1920s royal typewriter w case white glass keys rare brown color
$120.00
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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