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CROWN ROYAL WOOD 3D JEWELED BAR SIGN WALL HANGING PLAQUE RARE LK
crown royal wood 3d jeweled bar sign wall hanging plaque rare lk
$39.94
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MRS FITZHERBERT HN 2007 Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine RARE
mrs fitzherbert hn 2007 vintage royal doulton figurine rare
$245.00
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Rare Royal Dalton CONTEMPLATION Ivory Bone China Figurine PRISTINE
rare royal dalton contemplation ivory bone china figurine pristine
$78.00
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ROYAL DOULTON This Little Pig HN1794 RARE BLUE
royal doulton this little pig hn1794 rare blue
$90.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen The National Parks of America Collection Yellowstone Plate
rare royal copenhagen the national parks of america collection yellowstone plate
$29.97
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RARE Antique Royal Doulton Skating Series Ware Childrens Dish Pryde Goeth
rare antique royal doulton skating series ware childrens dish pryde goeth
$245.00
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Christopher Radko Royal Rooster Animal Bird Oval DropChristmas ornament RARE
christopher radko royal rooster animal bird oval dropchristmas ornament rare
$149.99
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RARE Royal Doulton LAMBETH STERLING SILVER RIM 6 quarter  Tall Pitcher Toby Jug 1908
rare royal doulton lambeth sterling silver rim 6 quarter tall pitcher toby jug 1908
$99.99
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Retreat of British From Concord Plate Royal Fenton Staffordshire England Rare
retreat of british from concord plate royal fenton staffordshire england rare
$9.95
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Duncan Royale Civil War Santa 922 Rare 1983
duncan royale civil war santa 922 rare 1983
$181.79
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Royal Doulton The Choice Between Bonnets Figurine HN1960 Rare Excellent
royal doulton the choice between bonnets figurine hn1960 rare excellent
$999.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN SILHOUETTE PLATE VINTAGE AND RARE
royal copenhagen hans christian andersen silhouette plate vintage and rare
$100.00
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Radko 1999 ROYAL RUSSIAN HOLIDAY RARE 2 Sided Egg Shaped Carriage NEW w Tag
radko 1999 royal russian holiday rare 2 sided egg shaped carriage new w tag
$85.00
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Radko 1999 ERMINE NICHOLAS Royal Heraldry RARE Medieval Cloaked Santa NEWw Tag
radko 1999 ermine nicholas royal heraldry rare medieval cloaked santa neww tag
$175.00
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Radko 1999 ROYAL DIADEM RARE Red Triple Reflector Crown of Glory NEW w Tag
radko 1999 royal diadem rare red triple reflector crown of glory new w tag
$245.00
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Toy Box Rare 2001 TeaSeaCo White Nice
royal doulton bunnykins toy box rare 2001 teaseaco white nice
$71.19
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Tuesdays Child Boy Cup Mug Royal Worcester Bone China Hand Painted NICE RARE
tuesdays child boy cup mug royal worcester bone china hand painted nice rare
$49.99
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RARE PAIR OF WEDGWOOD BASALT ROYAL SILVER WEDDING PLAQUES 1947 1972 LE 12 1000
rare pair of wedgwood basalt royal silver wedding plaques 1947 1972 le 12 1000
$249.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN KNUD KHYN KK STONEWARE GORILLA APE FIGURINE 20211 VERY RARE
royal copenhagen knud khyn kk stoneware gorilla ape figurine 20211 very rare
$499.00
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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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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 Lily Rdno 820502
rare and collectible royal doulton lily rdno 820502
$65.00
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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 The Little Bridesmaid Rdno 760007
rare and collectible royal doulton the little bridesmaid rdno 760007
$295.00
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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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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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Vintage Rare Royal Copenhagen of Denmark Porcelain Baby Polar Bear 2536 MC
vintage rare royal copenhagen of denmark porcelain baby polar bear 2536 mc
$85.00
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Rare Royal Doulton The Balloon Man with BLUE Balloon HN1954 1887 MADE IN 1924
rare royal doulton the balloon man with blue balloon hn1954 1887 made in 1924
$89.00
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Vintage Rare Royal Doulton Bunnykins Springtime Outing Earthenware Cup 1958 75
vintage rare royal doulton bunnykins springtime outing earthenware cup 1958 75
$13.95
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON KING  QUEEN REALM TINY JUG SET WITH PLATFORM SIGNED
rare royal doulton king queen realm tiny jug set with platform signed
$175.00
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN Jorn Larsen Artist 1996 LARGE Annual Mug EUC
rare royal copenhagen jorn larsen artist 1996 large annual mug euc
$36.99
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Rare Royal Doulton No name No number Mrs Sairey Gamp Toby Jug 4 1 8 H538
rare royal doulton no name no number mrs sairey gamp toby jug 4 1 8 h538
$495.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Milady HN1970 6 3 8 High 675
very rare royal doulton milady hn1970 6 3 8 high 675
$995.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN1973 The Corinthian 7 7 8 High 599
rare royal doulton hn1973 the corinthian 7 7 8 high 599
$995.00
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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 The Regency Beau HN 1972 RARE
royal doulton the regency beau hn 1972 rare
$499.00
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton CHIVALRY Series Ware Bowl D 5030
extremely rare royal doulton chivalry series ware bowl d 5030
$245.00
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Rare Royal Doulton WHITE PERSIAN CAT HN 2539
rare royal doulton white persian cat hn 2539
$35.99
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE VICTORIA rare limited Edition 1972 rare rare mint
royal doulton figurine victoria rare limited edition 1972 rare rare mint
$50.00
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Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge 1997 Rare Year Plate Excellent Condition
royal doulton brambly hedge 1997 rare year plate excellent condition
$40.99
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Royal Doulton Autumn HN2087 M Davies Porcelain Figurine Lady Sweeping RARE 1950s
royal doulton autumn hn2087 m davies porcelain figurine lady sweeping rare 1950s
$159.95
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Very Rare Royal Doulton HN3067 Les Saisons Ete 1985 8 300 Limited Edition
very rare royal doulton hn3067 les saisons ete 1985 8 300 limited edition
$2,100.00
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Royal Doulton Character Toby Jug  Pitcher Sairey Gamp Rare signed COLLECTIBLE
royal doulton character toby jug pitcher sairey gamp rare signed collectible
$50.00
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RARE Carltonware 1894 1949 1970 Rouge Royal Tea Set Hand Painted From England
rare carltonware 1894 1949 1970 rouge royal tea set hand painted from england
$500.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Flambe Elephant Trunk in Salute HN891A 55H
rare royal doulton flambe elephant trunk in salute hn891a 55h
$89.99
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Vintage Royal Worcester 105 Plate RARE Flo Blue Floral Print
vintage royal worcester 105 plate rare flo blue floral print
$19.99
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Vintage Rare Bisque Waxwing Family with Leaves Royal Crown Figurine
vintage rare bisque waxwing family with leaves royal crown figurine
$21.25
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON AFTERNOON TEA HN 1747 EXCELLENT CONDITION
rare royal doulton afternoon tea hn 1747 excellent condition
$89.99
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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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VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN Dressed Up Children Chinese Child Figurine RARE
vintage royal copenhagen dressed up children chinese child figurine rare
$164.50
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2 Rare Vtg Royal Crown Coffee Mugs Kings  Queen by Ellena 2663 signed numbered
2 rare vtg royal crown coffee mugs kings queen by ellena 2663 signed numbered
$63.98
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PartyLite OCEAN MIST 3 x 6 Square Pillar Candle New NIB Royal Blue Retired Rare
partylite ocean mist 3 x 6 square pillar candle new nib royal blue retired rare
$21.95
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Rare Limited Edition Royal Doulton Flambe CONFUCIUS Character Jug Mug D7003 COA
rare limited edition royal doulton flambe confucius character jug mug d7003 coa
$275.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN BLUE DENMARK LANGELINIE SOUVENIR LITTLE MERMAID 45 PLATE RARE
royal copenhagen blue denmark langelinie souvenir little mermaid 45 plate rare
$19.99
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1936 Bunnykins Royal Doulton Double Handled Mug RARE scene
1936 bunnykins royal doulton double handled mug rare scene
$12.99
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Royal Dutch Silverworks Elweretta Line  Spoons Rare Spinning Windmill
royal dutch silverworks elweretta line spoons rare spinning windmill
$29.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurines Sairey Gamp Unusual Mfg Mark Factory 2nd
rare royal doulton figurines sairey gamp unusual mfg mark factory 2nd
$14.99
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 Very Rare Royal Doulton DEVIL MEPHISTOPHELES w VERSE Character Jug NICE
very rare royal doulton devil mephistopheles w verse character jug nice
$588.88
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE CLEMENCY HN 1643 RARE
royal doulton figurine clemency hn 1643 rare
$400.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE PANTALETTES HN 1507 RARE
royal doulton figurine pantalettes hn 1507 rare
$475.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Punch And Judy Large Mug Jug 792 Of 2500 Double Sided D6946
rare royal doulton punch and judy large mug jug 792 of 2500 double sided d6946
$150.00
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MIB Royal Doulton Taking Things Easy Rare White Figurine All Original
mib royal doulton taking things easy rare white figurine all original
$199.99
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Radko 1992 SNAKE PRINCE Vintage RARE Royal Serpent NEW w Tag STILL SEALED
radko 1992 snake prince vintage rare royal serpent new w tag still sealed
$125.00
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RARE DUNCAN ROYAL HAND CARVED  PAINTED SCHOOL BOYS COLLECTIBLE
rare duncan royal hand carved painted school boys collectible
$94.99
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RARE 1981 WEDGWOOD BLUE JASPER CARD TRAY ROYAL WEDDING PRINCESS DIANA
rare 1981 wedgwood blue jasper card tray royal wedding princess diana
$20.00
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NEW Royal Doulton Dream Keepers The Purpose of Life Rare Mint w Box
new royal doulton dream keepers the purpose of life rare mint w box
$12.99
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Rare Royal Doulton England Red Flambe Large 13 Stalking Tiger
rare royal doulton england red flambe large 13 stalking tiger
$575.00
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Rare Royal Doulton England Red Flambe Elephant and Young HN2548
rare royal doulton england red flambe elephant and young hn2548
$175.00
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Royal Doulton Sedan Chair Baby Child Bowl Plate Rare Series Ware D3597
royal doulton sedan chair baby child bowl plate rare series ware d3597
$55.00
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN SIGNED PORCELAIN BEAR FIGURINE 22748 BROWN GLAZE EXC
rare royal copenhagen signed porcelain bear figurine 22748 brown glaze exc
$95.00
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RARE Royal Doulton D3596 Romeo Limited Edition Shakespearian Character Tray K339
rare royal doulton d3596 romeo limited edition shakespearian character tray k339
$119.95
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Royal Doulton Figurine DOG Playful Terrier HN2510 RARE
royal doulton figurine dog playful terrier hn2510 rare
$159.99
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NIB Royal Doulton Rare Exchanging Christmas Love Plate by Giordano w coa
nib royal doulton rare exchanging christmas love plate by giordano w coa
$14.00
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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
$60.00
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 VERY RARE ROYAL DOULTON PEARLY BOY only ebay listing this color MINI 25
very rare royal doulton pearly boy only ebay listing this color mini 25
$895.00
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 RARE ROYAL DOULTON EDWARD VII D6993 15 only ebay listing this model 1994
rare royal doulton edward vii d6993 15 only ebay listing this model 1994
$175.00
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Royal Worcester 1966 Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman Doris Lindner RARE
royal worcester 1966 royal canadian mounted policeman doris lindner rare
$850.00
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Midsummer Nights Dream Royal Copenhagen Tea Pot Only Never Used RARE
midsummer nights dream royal copenhagen tea pot only never used rare
$1,550.00
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RARE Royal Doulton BRAMBLY HEDGE THE PICNIC Plate
rare royal doulton brambly hedge the picnic plate
$119.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BESS FIGURINE ANTIQUE RARE
royal doulton bess figurine antique rare
$65.00
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VTG Royal Copenhagen The Snowman 1985 In Box Collectible Christmas Rare
vtg royal copenhagen the snowman 1985 in box collectible christmas rare
$35.19
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VTG Royal Copenhagen Going Home For Christmas 1973 In Box Collectible Rare
vtg royal copenhagen going home for christmas 1973 in box collectible rare
$21.99
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Royal Doulton VERY RARE Philippine Dancer 1977
royal doulton very rare philippine dancer 1977
$107.50
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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
$69.00
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I Love Lucy LUCILLE BALL Royal Manor Plate Mike Hagel ARTISTS PROOF RARE
i love lucy lucille ball royal manor plate mike hagel artists proof rare
$395.00
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Royal Doulton Adrienne RARE Signed Michael Doulton 1978 April 27
royal doulton adrienne rare signed michael doulton 1978 april 27
$185.00
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RARE EARLY ROYAL DOULTON GRETA FIGURINE HN 1485
rare early royal doulton greta figurine hn 1485
$99.99
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Rare ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK LILY PAD PLATE WITH FROG  2477 EUC
rare royal copenhagen denmark lily pad plate with frog 2477 euc
$20.00
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ROYAL DOULTON RARE VINTAGE EARLY IMPRESSED BACKSTAMP THE OLD BALLOON SELLER
royal doulton rare vintage early impressed backstamp the old balloon seller
$99.99
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RARE 2004 ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS CEREAL BOWL AWAITING THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN
rare 2004 royal copenhagen christmas cereal bowl awaiting the christmas train
$27.99
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Royal Doulton Rare Bunnykins Story Time DB 59
royal doulton rare bunnykins story time db 59
$103.00
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RARE 2003 ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS PLATE CEREAL BOWL SEASONS GREETINGS
rare 2003 royal copenhagen christmas plate cereal bowl seasons greetings
$22.99
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Royal Doulton Young Lady Figure Francine HN2422 rare BIRDS TAIL UP 5 INCH
royal doulton young lady figure francine hn2422 rare birds tail up 5 inch
$29.99
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Rare unpainted Royal Doulton Top o the Hill Figurine Excellent Condition
rare unpainted royal doulton top o the hill figurine excellent condition
$45.00
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Family Era Sasieni His Royal Highness Shape 57 S Rum Cured Very Rare
family era sasieni his royal highness shape 57 s rum cured very rare
$98.00
quality
Bugatti Royale RARE Antique Silver Plate Car Dealership FLASK type 41 1920s 30s
bugatti royale rare antique silver plate car dealership flask type 41 1920s 30s
$2,345.00
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STANWELL REGD No 969 48 ROYAL BARK SITTER DANISH HORN BULLDOG PIPE RARE
stanwell regd no 969 48 royal bark sitter danish horn bulldog pipe rare
$139.00
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STANWELL REGD No 969 48 ROYAL BARK SITTER LIVERPOOL CHIMNEY PIPE RARE
stanwell regd no 969 48 royal bark sitter liverpool chimney pipe rare
$119.00
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ZENITH All Transistor ROYAL 51 AM FM Radio Plastic Black Silver Finish RARE
zenith all transistor royal 51 am fm radio plastic black silver finish rare
$39.99
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Vintage RARE Royal Table Satin Finish Place Mats Pagota Style
vintage rare royal table satin finish place mats pagota style
$45.00
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22K Gold Nordic Empress Mug Royal Carribean Cruise Ship Coffee Tea England RARE
22k gold nordic empress mug royal carribean cruise ship coffee tea england rare
$39.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Bathing Beauty HN3156 Reflections Collection 1987
rare vintage royal doulton bathing beauty hn3156 reflections collection 1987
$44.99
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Rare Antique Royal Doulton Dewars Perth Whiskey Advertising Jug
rare antique royal doulton dewars perth whiskey advertising jug
$118.54
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RARE DERSIGN ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS MUG CUP 1988 ENGLISH FINE BONE CHINA EUC
rare dersign royal doulton bunnykins mug cup 1988 english fine bone china euc
$24.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Blue Birds Bracelet Denmark
rare royal copenhagen porcelain blue birds bracelet denmark
$59.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton In The Stocks Figurine HN 2163
rare royal doulton in the stocks figurine hn 2163
$349.00
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VINTAGE ROYAL ALBERT PORCELAIN CAT INCENSE HOLDER RARE
vintage royal albert porcelain cat incense holder rare
$79.00
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Rare Early Royal Flat Top Black Case White Band Solid 14k Gold Nib Fountain Pen
rare early royal flat top black case white band solid 14k gold nib fountain pen
$49.99
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VINTAGE RARE ROYAL DOULTON VASE WITH 4 HORSES AND A CARRIAGE MADE IN ENGLAND
vintage rare royal doulton vase with 4 horses and a carriage made in england
$29.99
quality
Thai Airways Royal Barge Boeing 747 400 HS TGO Model 1200 Scale SkyMarks RARE
thai airways royal barge boeing 747 400 hs tgo model 1200 scale skymarks rare
$43.67
quality
Rare RNZAF Royal New Zealand Air Force Perspex Sweetheart Wings RAF trench art
rare rnzaf royal new zealand air force perspex sweetheart wings raf trench art
$39.99
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RARE EC Duncan Royale Befana 3 Pewter History of Santa Claus Figurine 2 500
rare ec duncan royale befana 3 pewter history of santa claus figurine 2 500
$49.95
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Robert Bourgeault Royal Literary STUART HOUSE VERY RARE PLATE IS 21 OF 50
robert bourgeault royal literary stuart house very rare plate is 21 of 50
$250.00
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Rare Vtg Sven Carlsen Royal Copenhagen Like Fine Porcelain Figurines Pair Ducks
rare vtg sven carlsen royal copenhagen like fine porcelain figurines pair ducks
$65.00
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ROYAL DOULTON WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE FIGURINE HN 3633 RARE
royal doulton william shakespeare figurine hn 3633 rare
$419.00
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Rare Vintage Wooden Soda Pop Crate Me And My RC Royal Crown Cola
rare vintage wooden soda pop crate me and my rc royal crown cola
$47.99
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PRINCESS DIANA ROYAL TOUR 1983 AUSTRALIAN FIRST ROYAL TOUR UK ONLY RARE PHOTOS
princess diana royal tour 1983 australian first royal tour uk only rare photos
$449.73
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine My Teddy HN 2177 Gorgeous Colors and SIZE
rare royal doulton figurine my teddy hn 2177 gorgeous colors and size
$125.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine HN 1916 Janet RARE Exc Condition Ships fast
royal doulton figurine hn 1916 janet rare exc condition ships fast
$164.99
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RARE Weatherby Hanley England Royal Falcon Ware Horse Plate 1 74 Miniature
rare weatherby hanley england royal falcon ware horse plate 1 74 miniature
$31.53
quality
ROYAL CROWN COLA VTg Rare 1950s LIGHT UP CLOCK SODA ADVERTISING Works 25 x 10
royal crown cola vtg rare 1950s light up clock soda advertising works 25 x 10
$149.99
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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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