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Royal Doulton Large Quasimodo D7108 Limited 1049 of 2500 Very Rare
royal doulton large quasimodo d7108 limited 1049 of 2500 very rare
$150.00
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Vintage Autumn Breezes Royal Doulton HN 1911 Issued 1939 RARE
vintage autumn breezes royal doulton hn 1911 issued 1939 rare
$159.00
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Royal Crown Flower Vendor footed mug by pia very rare 2748 cups retro
royal crown flower vendor footed mug by pia very rare 2748 cups retro
$10.99
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VERY RARE COLLECTABLE ENGLAND ROYAL DOULTON THE BALLOON MAN HN 1954 7 TALL
very rare collectable england royal doulton the balloon man hn 1954 7 tall
$50.00
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS BUNNYBANK RARE
royal doulton bunnykins bunnybank rare
$55.00
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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
$10.95
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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
$62.05
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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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RARE Royal Copenhagen Figurine White Rabbit Standing 22690 J Grut MINT
rare royal copenhagen figurine white rabbit standing 22690 j grut mint
$79.00
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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 Royal Doulton Figurine The Puppet Maker HN2253 1961 8 Mint
rare royal doulton figurine the puppet maker hn2253 1961 8 mint
$99.00
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Large Rare Royal Doulton Figurine HN 3525 Courtship Images Collection
large rare royal doulton figurine hn 3525 courtship images collection
$250.00
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RARE VINTAGE 1971 AVON ROYAL SWAN CHARISMA COLOGNE NEW IN BOX FREE SHIPPING
rare vintage 1971 avon royal swan charisma cologne new in box free shipping
$15.80
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Rare 1967 RC Christmas Plate The Royal Oak Blue  White Porcelain
rare 1967 rc christmas plate the royal oak blue white porcelain
$7.05
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Rare Royal Doulton Old Charley Table Lighter
rare royal doulton old charley table lighter
$74.00
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RARE LARGE 8 MR MICAWBER + BOX CERT D7040 TOBY MUG JUG ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND
rare large 8 mr micawber + box cert d7040 toby mug jug royal doulton england
$233.20
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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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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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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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Rare 1961 Royal Copenhagen THE TRAINING SHIP DANMARK KAI LANGE CHRISTMAS Plate
rare 1961 royal copenhagen the training ship danmark kai lange christmas plate
$30.00
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RARE Duncan Royale Calendar Secrets May Statute 16Young Mother in a Petticoated
rare duncan royale calendar secrets may statute 16young mother in a petticoated
$250.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON IMAGES Figure  God Bless You HN3400 FIGURINE MINT
rare royal doulton images figure god bless you hn3400 figurine mint
$40.00
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Large Royal Fault on Rare Daffy Down Dilly H N 1712 Repaired
large royal fault on rare daffy down dilly h n 1712 repaired
$29.99
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4 LOT BEATRIX POTTER FIGURINES BESWICK  ROYAL ALBERT RARE MINT
4 lot beatrix potter figurines beswick royal albert rare mint
$99.00
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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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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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RARE Royal Doulton Bell O the Ball Figurine HN1997 1946 Excellent Condition
rare royal doulton bell o the ball figurine hn1997 1946 excellent condition
$37.00
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MRS FITZHERBERT HN 2007 Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine RARE
mrs fitzherbert hn 2007 vintage royal doulton figurine rare
$265.00
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Royal Vale Decorative Wall 8 Plate with Vintage Image of a Little Girl Rare
royal vale decorative wall 8 plate with vintage image of a little girl rare
$9.95
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Rare Royal Dalton CONTEMPLATION Ivory Bone China Figurine PRISTINE
rare royal dalton contemplation ivory bone china figurine pristine
$79.00
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RARE Royal Doulton HN 3805 Daisy 9 Inches Tall Excellent Condition
rare royal doulton hn 3805 daisy 9 inches tall excellent condition
$199.00
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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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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Toy Box Rare 2001 TeaSeaCo White Nice
royal doulton bunnykins toy box rare 2001 teaseaco white nice
$67.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Miss Fortune Figurine HN 1897 RARE
vintage royal doulton miss fortune figurine hn 1897 rare
$149.95
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Duncan Royale Civil War Santa 922 Rare 1983
duncan royale civil war santa 922 rare 1983
$145.43
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Vintage Royal Copenhagen Denmark 1284 Penguin Trio Porcelain Figurine RARE
vintage royal copenhagen denmark 1284 penguin trio porcelain figurine rare
$39.99
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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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RARE Royal Doulton Toby Mug Don Quixote 1956 MINT CONDITION
rare royal doulton toby mug don quixote 1956 mint condition
$11.50
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Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine Honey HN1910 RARE
vintage royal doulton figurine honey hn1910 rare
$124.95
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Royal Doulton England Kiwi Birds Large Milk Jug Pitcher Rare
royal doulton england kiwi birds large milk jug pitcher rare
$34.99
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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
$39.99
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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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Vintage Royal Doulton Long John Silver Pattern Character Jug RARE One Of A Kind
vintage royal doulton long john silver pattern character jug rare one of a kind
$19.99
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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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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
$79.00
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RARE SMALL ROYAL DOULTON FIGURE JANET M75 FIGURINE c1940 MINIATURE
rare small royal doulton figure janet m75 figurine c1940 miniature
$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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Royal Doulton Sedan Chair Baby Child Bowl Plate Rare Series Ware D3597
royal doulton sedan chair baby child bowl plate rare series ware d3597
$68.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Lady Fayre HN 1265 Rare 1920s
royal doulton figurine lady fayre hn 1265 rare 1920s
$500.00
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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 Brambly Hedge Royal Doulton Full Size TEA POT JILL BARKLEM
rare brambly hedge royal doulton full size tea pot jill barklem
$250.00
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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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Royal Copenhagen 1901 Vordingborg Exebition plate 7 3 4 inch diameter RARE
royal copenhagen 1901 vordingborg exebition plate 7 3 4 inch diameter rare
$48.00
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Rare Large Royal Doulton Prestige Collection Lion on Rock Figurine HN2641 signed
rare large royal doulton prestige collection lion on rock figurine hn2641 signed
$399.99
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EXCLUSIVE SIGNED VERY RARE ROYAL DOULTON ENGLISH BULLDOG 7 half  1941
exclusive signed very rare royal doulton english bulldog 7 half 1941
$1,500.00
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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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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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Partylite Rare Pair PURPLE 7 Duo in ROYAL LUSTRE Stemmed Votive Candleholders
partylite rare pair purple 7 duo in royal lustre stemmed votive candleholders
$8.00
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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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VINTAGE RARE ROYAL SCOTLAND FLORAL TEA OR COFFEE CUP
vintage rare royal scotland floral tea or coffee cup
$14.99
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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
$15.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON JINGLES DICKENS FIGURINE 4 TALL 378
rare royal doulton jingles dickens figurine 4 tall 378
$19.99
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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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Rare Royal Doulton D552 Granny Dark Brown Glaze Large Character Jug
rare royal doulton d552 granny dark brown glaze large character jug
$2,000.00
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RARE DUNCAN ROYAL HAND CARVED  PAINTED SCHOOL BOYS COLLECTIBLE
rare duncan royal hand carved painted school boys collectible
$170.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Punch And Judy Large Mug Jug 792 Of 2500 Double Sided
rare royal doulton punch and judy large mug jug 792 of 2500 double sided
$150.00
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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
$23.50
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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 OLD ROYAL DOULTON PLATE A MERRY HEART
rare old royal doulton plate a merry heart
$8.99
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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
$250.00
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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
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Black Americana Governors Cook HN 2233 Mammy Williamsburg
rare royal doulton black americana governors cook hn 2233 mammy williamsburg
$281.25
quality
RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN SIGNED PORCELAIN BEAR FIGURINE 22748 BROWN GLAZE EXC
rare royal copenhagen signed porcelain bear figurine 22748 brown glaze exc
$120.00
quality
RARE SET OF FOUR4 ROYAL DOULTON JACK RUSSELL TERRIER DOG FIGURINES
rare set of four4 royal doulton jack russell terrier dog figurines
$99.99
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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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Rare 1934 1940 Royal Doulton Figurine Evelyn HN  1622 MINT
rare 1934 1940 royal doulton figurine evelyn hn 1622 mint
$665.00
quality
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
quality
ROYAL DOULTON BESS FIGURINE ANTIQUE RARE
royal doulton bess figurine antique rare
$75.00
quality
Rare Vintage Bottle Cover Hair Spray Paper Mache Lady Royal Dealt Japan 85
rare vintage bottle cover hair spray paper mache lady royal dealt japan 85
$9.99
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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
quality
Royal Doulton Decorative Plate English Old Countryside Scenes RARE
royal doulton decorative plate english old countryside scenes rare
$18.99
quality
NEW Princess Diana Bride Doll RARE MINT NRFB Danbury Mint 1981 Royal Wedding
new princess diana bride doll rare mint nrfb danbury mint 1981 royal wedding
$79.99
quality
Royal Doulton Images of Nature Borzoi  Cat RARE
royal doulton images of nature borzoi cat rare
$199.00
quality
RARE Royal Doulton Figurine CL 3997 Lorna for Classique Collection
rare royal doulton figurine cl 3997 lorna for classique collection
$124.99
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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
quality
Rare Vintage Royal Tara Irish Bronze Collection Dressing Up Pair CB304
rare vintage royal tara irish bronze collection dressing up pair cb304
$22.00
quality

VERY RARE CHAPLAIN ROYAL NAVY BADGE
very rare chaplain royal navy badge
$491.04
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Vintage Royal Doulton Character Toby Mug Sam Weller Large Mint Rare 1946
vintage royal doulton character toby mug sam weller large mint rare 1946
$169.99
quality
Topless Naked Woman Decanter Royal Halburton China OMB No16 1972 RARE
topless naked woman decanter royal halburton china omb no16 1972 rare
$35.95
quality
Royal Doulton Rare Lido Lady Figurine HN1220 Black Backstamp
royal doulton rare lido lady figurine hn1220 black backstamp
$495.00
quality
Royal Doulton 8 RARE figurine HN 4090 ANNABELLE Limited Edition 1396 of 2500
royal doulton 8 rare figurine hn 4090 annabelle limited edition 1396 of 2500
$225.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON JOHN FALSTAFF1949 D6287 LARGE TOBY MUG PITCHER CORAL RARE COLOR
royal doulton john falstaff1949 d6287 large toby mug pitcher coral rare color
$24.00
quality
3 Vtg Miniature Plates Royal Copenhagen Denmark Cows Plow Horses Geese Girl Rare
3 vtg miniature plates royal copenhagen denmark cows plow horses geese girl rare
$27.99
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RARE 1942 ROYAL CROWN COLA ADVERTISING STORE DISPLAY RACK
rare 1942 royal crown cola advertising store display rack
$350.00
quality
Royal Air Force Police jar pot 1970 Malaysia Singapore RARE
royal air force police jar pot 1970 malaysia singapore rare
$49.00
quality
Rare Vintage Collectible Pin Royal Liverpool Guards Semper Fidelis Red Enamel
rare vintage collectible pin royal liverpool guards semper fidelis red enamel
$299.99
quality
Queen Elizabeth KIng George VI Royal Visit 1939 Toronto Star Portraits Rare
queen elizabeth king george vi royal visit 1939 toronto star portraits rare
$59.99
quality
OFFICIAL CROWN ROYAL PURPLE TERRY BATH ROBE VERY RARE SEAGRAM AMERICAS ONE SIZE
official crown royal purple terry bath robe very rare seagram americas one size
$175.00
quality
VINTAGE ROYAL BRAND UNITED PACKING COLARD TIN CAN PAIL BUCKET RARE WEST VA
vintage royal brand united packing colard tin can pail bucket rare west va
$39.99
quality
The Wizard by Royal Doulton HN 2877 1978 Rare Signed A Maslonkowski MINT NR
the wizard by royal doulton hn 2877 1978 rare signed a maslonkowski mint nr
$49.00
quality
RARE VINTAGE 1964 U S ROYAL TIRE FERRIS WHEEL TOY
rare vintage 1964 u s royal tire ferris wheel toy
$35.00
quality
Rare Mid Century Modern Royal Haeger Etruscan Blue Green Pottery Lamp Lava Glaze
rare mid century modern royal haeger etruscan blue green pottery lamp lava glaze
$120.00
quality
St George  Dragon HN 2051 Slayer Royal Dolton rare figurine
st george dragon hn 2051 slayer royal dolton rare figurine
$225.01
quality
ANTIQUE ROYAL BRAND CUTLERY KNIFE WOOD HANDLE RARE MUST SEE
antique royal brand cutlery knife wood handle rare must see
$89.99
quality
Vintage and Rare ROYAL CAULDON Porcelain Pair of Small TOBY JUGs Blue Coats
vintage and rare royal cauldon porcelain pair of small toby jugs blue coats
$45.76
quality
Vintage RARE Royal Table Satin Finish Place Mats Pagota Style
vintage rare royal table satin finish place mats pagota style
$45.00
quality
Rare vintage masonic shriners royal order of jesters beanie hat with 17 pins
rare vintage masonic shriners royal order of jesters beanie hat with 17 pins
$29.95
quality
RARE Crown Royal CASK No16 Hat Pin Jewelry Trading Brooch shirt jacket tie
rare crown royal cask no16 hat pin jewelry trading brooch shirt jacket tie
$25.00
quality
rare Vintage Neon Spinner Royal Typewriters Advertising Clock Does Not Work
rare vintage neon spinner royal typewriters advertising clock does not work
$399.77
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Rare Royal Doulton Character Jug Mine Host Medium Size 375 High
rare royal doulton character jug mine host medium size 375 high
$20.00
quality
Antique Royal Doulton Vase c1900 Signed Rosina Brown RB Lambeth Beaded 6 RARE
antique royal doulton vase c1900 signed rosina brown rb lambeth beaded 6 rare
$49.00
quality
Antique Royal Doulton Vase c1900 Signed Georgie Smith GS Slater Lambeth 12 RARE
antique royal doulton vase c1900 signed georgie smith gs slater lambeth 12 rare
$99.00
quality
JOHNSTOWN PA DECO 1938 LINEN Storefront ROYAL PLATE GLASS CO Rare
johnstown pa deco 1938 linen storefront royal plate glass co rare
$29.95
quality
FIRE MARK Rare Royal Insurance Company Plaque SIGN MARKER Reproduction
fire mark rare royal insurance company plaque sign marker reproduction
$25.00
quality

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Michael Flatley rare performance Royal Variety Show

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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