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RARE CIRCUS ROYALE 9613 WALLACE BERRIE APPLAUSE
rare circus royale 9613 wallace berrie applause
$11.99
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Prince Frederick Royal Family Collection RARE ERROR MARK
royal doulton bunnykins prince frederick royal family collection rare error mark
$84.55
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RARE Royal Copenhagen PORCELAIN 4539 overalls farmer BOY w pumpkin GOURD RC B
rare royal copenhagen porcelain 4539 overalls farmer boy w pumpkin gourd rc b
$38.75
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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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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
$24.95
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Very Rare Royal Doulton HN3066 Les Saisons Printemps Spring 1985 Original BOX
very rare royal doulton hn3066 les saisons printemps spring 1985 original box
$2,995.00
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Bing  Grondahl Millenium figurine Royal Copenhagen Boy with dog puppy RARE
bing grondahl millenium figurine royal copenhagen boy with dog puppy rare
$97.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Jasmine Figurine HN 1863
rare royal doulton jasmine figurine hn 1863
$249.99
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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
$60.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Alumina Naval Officer Ceramic Jug
rare royal copenhagen alumina naval officer ceramic jug
$175.00
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Royal Doulton Tony Weller Extra Lrg Toby JugMatching Mini 1940s Rare Date Mark
royal doulton tony weller extra lrg toby jugmatching mini 1940s rare date mark
$18.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine The Milkmaid HN 2057 England 1975 RARE Excellent 2057A
royal doulton figurine the milkmaid hn 2057 england 1975 rare excellent 2057a
$19.95
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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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Excellent Rare Pair Of Porcelain English Royal Worcester Ring Necked Pheasants
excellent rare pair of porcelain english royal worcester ring necked pheasants
$2,350.00
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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
$575.00
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ROYAL DOULTON BIRD BULLFINCH K 31 A VERY RARE PORCELAIN ITEM BRINKMAN ESTATE
royal doulton bird bullfinch k 31 a very rare porcelain item brinkman estate
$450.00
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN GIRL FIGURINE DENMARK INUIT GREENLAND PORCELAIN FIGURE
rare royal copenhagen girl figurine denmark inuit greenland porcelain figure
$221.20
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RARE Character and Toby Jugs Royal Doulton Collectors Book No 5 Color Illustr
rare character and toby jugs royal doulton collectors book no 5 color illustr
$15.99
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RARE 1942 Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate 7 Denmark WEIHNACHTEN
rare 1942 royal copenhagen christmas plate 7 denmark weihnachten
$440.00
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Royal Copenhagen figurine Penguin Looking Up Inquisitively 3003 very rare
royal copenhagen figurine penguin looking up inquisitively 3003 very rare
$9.99
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Bunnykins Candy Tin Box Royal Doulton Gidumal Organization Rare
bunnykins candy tin box royal doulton gidumal organization rare
$6.50
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Royal Copenhagen Rare Figurine 1362 RC Windswept Horse by Lauritz Jensen 1912
royal copenhagen rare figurine 1362 rc windswept horse by lauritz jensen 1912
$680.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Wall plate charger Kangaroo Collector plate w Hanger
rare royal doulton wall plate charger kangaroo collector plate w hanger
$14.95
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Royal Doulton BUNNYKINS Oval Porridge Bowl HIKING Backpackers Rare
royal doulton bunnykins oval porridge bowl hiking backpackers rare
$44.00
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Rare Franklin Mint Treasures of King Tut Figurine Egyptian Egypt Royal Barge
rare franklin mint treasures of king tut figurine egyptian egypt royal barge
$24.99
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Royal Winton Florence Chintz Rare Wall Pocket Special Edition England
royal winton florence chintz rare wall pocket special edition england
$75.00
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Chintz Royal Winton England Sunshine LG Covered Veggie Dish 1930s 40s Rare
chintz royal winton england sunshine lg covered veggie dish 1930s 40s rare
$195.00
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Radko Ornament 1999 ROYAL RUSSIAN HOLIDAY RARE 2 Sided Egg Shaped Carriage RL56
radko ornament 1999 royal russian holiday rare 2 sided egg shaped carriage rl56
$69.99
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RARE 5 Pc Vanity Set Bed or Bath Royal Copenhagen Zenit EXCELLENT 1980s Vintage
rare 5 pc vanity set bed or bath royal copenhagen zenit excellent 1980s vintage
$34.90
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RARE 1974 Royal Doulton Figurine HN 3504 Golden Crowned Kinglet MINT
rare 1974 royal doulton figurine hn 3504 golden crowned kinglet mint
$350.00
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VERY RARE Royal Doulton 1941 English Churchill Bulldog W Trinity Signed
very rare royal doulton 1941 english churchill bulldog w trinity signed
$2,495.00
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Very RARE Royal Doulton Bulldog with Helmet  Haversack Old Bill 100yrs 2018
very rare royal doulton bulldog with helmet haversack old bill 100yrs 2018
$10,000.00
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins DB 34 SANTA Claus Music Box UK Made RARE
vintage royal doulton bunnykins db 34 santa claus music box uk made rare
$69.36
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Vintage Royal Copenhagen Blue Plate In The Desert 72 No Chips Denmark Decor Rare
vintage royal copenhagen blue plate in the desert 72 no chips denmark decor rare
$4.89
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Royal Doulton David Copperfield Mini Figurine Charles Dickens Series RARE
royal doulton david copperfield mini figurine charles dickens series rare
$30.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE THE GRADUATE MALE HN 3017 PERFECT
rare royal doulton figurine the graduate male hn 3017 perfect
$49.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Large Toby Jug Veteran Motorist 1972 signed
rare royal doulton large toby jug veteran motorist 1972 signed
$375.00
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Royal Doulton Artist Peggy Davies Alphabet figurine MEGA Rare Prototype F MINT
royal doulton artist peggy davies alphabet figurine mega rare prototype f mint
$299.99
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RARE Royal Copenhagen 2014 Annual Figurine Hans Christian Andersen NEW IN BOX
rare royal copenhagen 2014 annual figurine hans christian andersen new in box
$49.99
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RARE 1920s Antique Royal Doulton Flambe Hugging Cuddling Monkeys Charles Noke
rare 1920s antique royal doulton flambe hugging cuddling monkeys charles noke
$395.95
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Royal Doulton Large Toby Mug  Grammy  In Mint Condition Rare
royal doulton large toby mug grammy in mint condition rare
$59.49
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RARE  Royal Doulton Gnomes Ware 9 Bowl  RARE
rare royal doulton gnomes ware 9 bowl rare
$349.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Staffordshire Pottery Pitcher Marseilles Pattern Pops32
rare vintage royal staffordshire pottery pitcher marseilles pattern pops32
$59.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Chocolate Coffee pot Gnomes and Munchkins Series Ware
rare royal doulton chocolate coffee pot gnomes and munchkins series ware
$84.00
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Royal Doulton Large Rare Groucho Marx Toby Mug
royal doulton large rare groucho marx toby mug
$49.00
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VINTAGE Royal Copenhagen RARE 2144 FLYCATCHER BIRD Figurine by Hallermundt Mint
vintage royal copenhagen rare 2144 flycatcher bird figurine by hallermundt mint
$48.99
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Rare 1951 Limited Edition Royal Doulton GEORGIANA
rare 1951 limited edition royal doulton georgiana
$295.00
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2002 ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHILDREN CHRISTMAS PLATE LUCIA PLATE NO 6395 VERY RARE
2002 royal copenhagen children christmas plate lucia plate no 6395 very rare
$80.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Flambe Series Guinea Fowl 1912 1930 Ceramic Red Bird Noke
rare royal doulton flambe series guinea fowl 1912 1930 ceramic red bird noke
$18.50
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Royal Doulton Camille HN1586 Bone China Potted 1933 Figurine 675 EX RARE
royal doulton camille hn1586 bone china potted 1933 figurine 675 ex rare
$1,314.00
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Royal Doulton Character Jug Flambe Aladdins Genie 254 1500 RARE
royal doulton character jug flambe aladdins genie 254 1500 rare
$285.00
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Royal Daulton Pretty Ladies Figurines LOT Some rare
royal daulton pretty ladies figurines lot some rare
$250.00
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Royal Doulton Large Rare Jimmy Durante Toby Mug
royal doulton large rare jimmy durante toby mug
$49.00
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Rare Vintage 1948 ROYAL DOULTON D5839 MR PICKWICK Small 325 Character Jug
rare vintage 1948 royal doulton d5839 mr pickwick small 325 character jug
$15.00
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Royal Winton Rose Spray 4 Slice Toast Rack England Chintz Rare Pattern 1950s
royal winton rose spray 4 slice toast rack england chintz rare pattern 1950s
$115.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Art Nouveau Small Porcelain Ewer With Rat Mice Scene
rare royal copenhagen art nouveau small porcelain ewer with rat mice scene
$21.50
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Royal Doulton HN2892 Rare 1978 China Figurine The Chief Vintage Native American
royal doulton hn2892 rare 1978 china figurine the chief vintage native american
$159.95
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Camellias HN3701 Royal Doulton Figurine flowers of love RARE
camellias hn3701 royal doulton figurine flowers of love rare
$795.50
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Vintage ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN1911 AUTUMN BREEZES RARE TWO FOOTED hn1911
vintage royal doulton figurine hn1911 autumn breezes rare two footed hn1911
$299.96
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RARE LARGE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURAL GROUP FLOWER SELLERS CHILDREN HN1342 EXLENT
rare large royal doulton figural group flower sellers children hn1342 exlent
$60.05
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Rare Royal Copenhagen ALUMINIA ANTIQUE 1916 Danish Plate DANMARK VOR MODER
rare royal copenhagen aluminia antique 1916 danish plate danmark vor moder
$39.00
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Royal Winton Grimwades English Bone China 3 Tier Cake Dessert Server Blue Rare
royal winton grimwades english bone china 3 tier cake dessert server blue rare
$29.95
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Royal Chelsea English Bone China Cup  Saucer Black White Asian Pattern Rare
royal chelsea english bone china cup saucer black white asian pattern rare
$24.95
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins SANTA Claus Music Box 7 DB 34 UK RARE EUC
vintage royal doulton bunnykins santa claus music box 7 db 34 uk rare euc
$64.95
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SALVADOR DALI 1967 Royal Flush Porcelain Plates by Puiforcat RARE 6 PIECE SET
salvador dali 1967 royal flush porcelain plates by puiforcat rare 6 piece set
$995.00
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Duck  Duckling Figurine 1pc set Royal Crown Byron Vintage RARE
duck duckling figurine 1pc set royal crown byron vintage rare
$0.01
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RARE 1987 ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLATE DENMARK THE NIGHTINGALE NATTERGALEN EXCELL
rare 1987 royal copenhagen plate denmark the nightingale nattergalen excell
$14.99
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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
$31.97
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ROYAL DOULTON RARE Hand Painted  LUCY ANN  HN 1502 Issued 1932 Retired
royal doulton rare hand painted lucy ann hn 1502 issued 1932 retired
$219.97
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Royal Doulton Series ware Rare Large Ships Bowl
royal doulton series ware rare large ships bowl
$267.00
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RARE VINTAGE 1971 AVON ROYAL SWAN COTILLION COLOGNE NEW IN BOX 1 oz
rare vintage 1971 avon royal swan cotillion cologne new in box 1 oz
$8.28
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LOTR GANDALF TOLKIEN HOBBIT ROYAL CORNWALL TOBY BELL 1983 UNIQUE RARE FIND LOTR
lotr gandalf tolkien hobbit royal cornwall toby bell 1983 unique rare find lotr
$14.95
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DUNCAN ROYALE Clowns Figurine Vintage Tramp 11 Collectible Rare Clown
duncan royale clowns figurine vintage tramp 11 collectible rare clown
$29.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine RACHEL Gold  Green HN 2919 Issued 1980s
rare royal doulton figurine rachel gold green hn 2919 issued 1980s
$115.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine Autumn Breezes HN 1934 Red Dress
rare royal doulton figurine autumn breezes hn 1934 red dress
$110.00
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RARE Retired Royal Doulton Jovial MONK Figurine HN 2144 Mint Issued 1954
rare retired royal doulton jovial monk figurine hn 2144 mint issued 1954
$110.00
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SUPERB  RARE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON FLOW BLUE SHAKESPEARE PLATE ca 1910 EXC COND
superb rare antique royal doulton flow blue shakespeare plate ca 1910 exc cond
$159.00
quality
Royal Doulton The Balloon Man HN1954 Figurine Rare Blue Balloon rdno838448
royal doulton the balloon man hn1954 figurine rare blue balloon rdno838448
$24.99
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Rare Beautiful Royal Copenhagen Swan 755 Vintage Mint Ready to ship
rare beautiful royal copenhagen swan 755 vintage mint ready to ship
$75.00
quality
DUNCAN ROYALE Clowns Figurine Vintage Tramp 11 Collectible Rare Clown
duncan royale clowns figurine vintage tramp 11 collectible rare clown
$29.99
quality
Mondays Child Girl Cup Mug Royal Worcester Bone China Hand Painted NICE RARE
mondays child girl cup mug royal worcester bone china hand painted nice rare
$14.99
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Royal Doulton Toby Mug Rare Falstaff D6795 Colorway
royal doulton toby mug rare falstaff d6795 colorway
$49.00
quality
Extremely Rare Antique Moruni Kogyo Royal Porcelain Mother Pearl Inlaid Vase
extremely rare antique moruni kogyo royal porcelain mother pearl inlaid vase
$16.99
quality
Vintage Royal Worcester 105 Plate RARE Flo Blue Floral Print No Damage Exc
vintage royal worcester 105 plate rare flo blue floral print no damage exc
$11.99
quality
RARE Royal Doulton Figurine VICTORIA HN 2471 Issued 1972
rare royal doulton figurine victoria hn 2471 issued 1972
$120.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton HN1972 The Regency Beau 8 High 607
rare royal doulton hn1972 the regency beau 8 high 607
$995.00
quality
Very Rare Royal Doulton HN3066 Les Saisons Printemps Spring 1985 674
very rare royal doulton hn3066 les saisons printemps spring 1985 674
$1,295.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton HN3820 Lillie Langtry 1995 8 half  High 597
rare royal doulton hn3820 lillie langtry 1995 8 half high 597
$295.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton HN2344 Sweet  Twenties 1981 8 1 8 H 554
rare royal doulton hn2344 sweet twenties 1981 8 1 8 h 554
$225.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton HN2256 Twilight 1970 5 H 587
rare royal doulton hn2256 twilight 1970 5 h 587
$295.00
quality
Very Rare Royal Doulton HN4855 Hannah pretty ladies 8 6 8 High app 593
very rare royal doulton hn4855 hannah pretty ladies 8 6 8 high app 593
$995.00
quality
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
$95.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton HN4307 Christine 2001 8 2 8 H 681
rare royal doulton hn4307 christine 2001 8 2 8 h 681
$295.00
quality

RARE VINTAGE 1973 Crown Royal w Swinging Cradle Pourer Display
rare vintage 1973 crown royal w swinging cradle pourer display
$199.99
quality
vintage tobacco smoking pipe ROYAL STAR 4010 2 rare pipe  No4
vintage tobacco smoking pipe royal star 4010 2 rare pipe no4
$26.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Flambe Elephant LARGE 9 x 5 3 4 Trunk in Salute
rare royal doulton flambe elephant large 9 x 5 3 4 trunk in salute
$150.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON MILADY HN1970 FIGURINE VERY RARE FREE SHIPPING
royal doulton milady hn1970 figurine very rare free shipping
$1,299.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Winton Niagara Falls White Fine Porcelain Ashtray Dish MINT
rare vintage royal winton niagara falls white fine porcelain ashtray dish mint
$32.96
quality
2015 1 x Rare Royal Mail Star Wars Averts Billboards DISCONTINUED
2015 1 x rare royal mail star wars averts billboards discontinued
$22.36
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2015 2 x RARE Royal Mail Royal Mail Star Wars Adverts DISCONTINUED
2015 2 x rare royal mail royal mail star wars adverts discontinued
$36.92
quality
RARE Queen Amidalas Royal Starship  Jar Jar Binks Squishy Toys From Pizza Hut
rare queen amidalas royal starship jar jar binks squishy toys from pizza hut
$200.00
quality
RARE CANADIAN STJOHNS NFLD ROYAL 10 OZ CLEAR EMBOSSED BOTTLE BLUE WHITE
rare canadian stjohns nfld royal 10 oz clear embossed bottle blue white
$30.94
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Full Coca Cola UK 1981 Charles  Princess Diana Royal Wedding Bottle Coke RARE
full coca cola uk 1981 charles princess diana royal wedding bottle coke rare
$65.00
quality
RARE BHAM 1868 5TH ROYAL IRISH LANCERS STERLING SILVER LARGE BADGE SWEETHEART
rare bham 1868 5th royal irish lancers sterling silver large badge sweetheart
$257.19
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Vintage Made in the USA Rare Royal HAEGER 119 Mid Century Sweet Glazed Ashtray
vintage made in the usa rare royal haeger 119 mid century sweet glazed ashtray
$27.99
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VINTAGE PARKER ROYAL CHALLENGER SWORD CLIP DELUXE FOUNTAIN PEN PENCIL SET RARE
vintage parker royal challenger sword clip deluxe fountain pen pencil set rare
$883.65
quality
Vintage British Royal Air Force Sweetheart Pin 1930s Rare
vintage british royal air force sweetheart pin 1930s rare
$99.00
quality
Old Royal Doulton Lion Crown Bottle Hudson Bay Seal Rare Cobalt Blue Stoneware
old royal doulton lion crown bottle hudson bay seal rare cobalt blue stoneware
$495.00
quality
Thai Royal Barge Suphannahong boat 5 Candle Holder Bell Brass Menora VTG Rare
thai royal barge suphannahong boat 5 candle holder bell brass menora vtg rare
$59.39
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS ASTRO ROCKET MAN MUSIC BOX DB35 PERFECT
rare royal doulton bunnykins astro rocket man music box db35 perfect
$60.00
quality
Rare First Prize Award J A Lord Royal Art Studio Cabinet Card Photo Photograph
rare first prize award j a lord royal art studio cabinet card photo photograph
$196.99
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Rare CDV Royal Horseguards Uniform Hills  Saunders Eton Notable Royalty
rare cdv royal horseguards uniform hills saunders eton notable royalty
$25.00
quality
Scarce Rare C281 Royal Navy  Royal Marines Viewmaster Reel Packet
scarce rare c281 royal navy royal marines viewmaster reel packet
$55.00
quality
Rare WWII July 1941 Singer Sewing Machine Model 15 96 RAF Royal Air Force Nice
rare wwii july 1941 singer sewing machine model 15 96 raf royal air force nice
$125.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON REFLECTIONS FIGURINE HN 1847 VERY VERY RARE COLLECTABLES
royal doulton reflections figurine hn 1847 very very rare collectables
$950.00
quality
VERY RARE 1996 Royal Doulton Figurine CHARLOTTE HN 3812 African Cheetah
very rare 1996 royal doulton figurine charlotte hn 3812 african cheetah
$125.00
quality
Rare Duncan Royale Collector Edition PeaCock
rare duncan royale collector edition peacock
$50.00
quality
Rare Royal Copenhagen Dalmation 3501
rare royal copenhagen dalmation 3501
$245.00
quality
RADKO ROYAL STAR ORNAMENT SANTA CHRISTMAS TREE HOLIDAY VINTAGE RARE NWT
radko royal star ornament santa christmas tree holiday vintage rare nwt
$49.99
quality
RADKO ROYAL STAR ORNAMENT SANTA CHRISTMAS TREE HOLIDAY VINTAGE RARE NWT
radko royal star ornament santa christmas tree holiday vintage rare nwt
$49.99
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RADKO ROYAL STAR PLUS ORNAMENT SANTA CHRISTMAS TREE HOLIDAY VINTAGE RARE NWT
radko royal star plus ornament santa christmas tree holiday vintage rare nwt
$49.99
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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