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Royal Doulton HN 2087 Autumn Woman Figurine RARE
royal doulton hn 2087 autumn woman figurine rare
$24.99
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Royal Doulton Nursery Ware Pastime Series Plate RARE
royal doulton nursery ware pastime series plate rare
$50.00
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RARE LARGE VINTAGE ROYAL HAEGER METAL MOTHER GIRAFFE AND BABY ON STAND
rare large vintage royal haeger metal mother giraffe and baby on stand
$189.99
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VERY RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE FIGURE VERONICA M64 NECK DAMAGED REPAIRED
very rare royal doulton figurine figure veronica m64 neck damaged repaired
$499.99
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RARE PROTOTYPE ROYAL DOULTON ELVIS PRESLEY EP4 JAILHOUSE ROCK EXCELLENT COND
rare prototype royal doulton elvis presley ep4 jailhouse rock excellent cond
$500.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton 6 Bulldog Union Jack Flag Marked 14 On Bottom
rare vintage royal doulton 6 bulldog union jack flag marked 14 on bottom
$125.00
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Toby Jug Owd Mac Royal Doulton England Very Rare Character Rd No 821265
toby jug owd mac royal doulton england very rare character rd no 821265
$185.00
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Rare Royal Daulton Janet Figurine RN778640
rare royal daulton janet figurine rn778640
$160.00
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royal dalton figurines rare first edition
royal dalton figurines rare first edition
$499.95
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VINTAGE RARE Royal Crown boy child with Banjoline ceramic figurine
vintage rare royal crown boy child with banjoline ceramic figurine
$0.99
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Royal Doulton Rose Garden HN4559 Figurine Rare
royal doulton rose garden hn4559 figurine rare
$1,175.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN1839 Christine 7 6 8 High 617
rare royal doulton hn1839 christine 7 6 8 high 617
$1,995.00
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St George And The Dragon Royal Doulton LARGE Character Toby Jug D6618 RARE
st george and the dragon royal doulton large character toby jug d6618 rare
$169.15
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Rare Royal Doulton Asprey  Co SCOTSMAN WHISKEY DECANTER Great Condition
rare royal doulton asprey co scotsman whiskey decanter great condition
$550.00
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Doulton Character Jug Western Series Doc Holliday Rare Wild West England Royal
doulton character jug western series doc holliday rare wild west england royal
$6.00
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RARE Art Deco Royal Rochester Fraunfelter Coffee Pot no plug and sugar bowl
rare art deco royal rochester fraunfelter coffee pot no plug and sugar bowl
$500.00
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VERY Rare Royal Doulton Gordon Setter HN1080 Medium Dog Figurine Up for ONE WEEK
very rare royal doulton gordon setter hn1080 medium dog figurine up for one week
$987.99
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Rare Royal Doulton The Leisure Hour Woman Reading Book Figurine HN2055
rare royal doulton the leisure hour woman reading book figurine hn2055
$89.99
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Harmony Kingdom Friend Of The Royal Watch Toucans RW CC 1998 Mbrs Exc NIB RARE
harmony kingdom friend of the royal watch toucans rw cc 1998 mbrs exc nib rare
$125.00
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Vintage Royal Copenhagen Denmark 1995 Christmas at the Manor House Plate RARE
vintage royal copenhagen denmark 1995 christmas at the manor house plate rare
$40.00
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ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER JUG GRANNY D5521 Harry Fenton Rare Style
royal doulton character jug granny d5521 harry fenton rare style
$49.95
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Rare Royal Doulton Series Ware Musical Cigarette Box
rare royal doulton series ware musical cigarette box
$995.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN FIGURINE RARE PEASANT GIRLWITH LUNCH 815 MINT
royal copenhagen figurine rare peasant girlwith lunch 815 mint
$75.00
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VICTORIAS SECRET RARE ROYAL STAFFORD SHELL DISH MADE IN ENGLAND
victorias secret rare royal stafford shell dish made in england
$9.99
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Royal Doulton Ultra Rare Franklin D Roosevelt Character Jug Large Size
royal doulton ultra rare franklin d roosevelt character jug large size
$1,150.00
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PERFECT RARE Old Charley D6144 Miniature Jug Royal Doulton
perfect rare old charley d6144 miniature jug royal doulton
$49.00
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Royal Doulton Babette HN1423 RARE Limited Edition RARE
royal doulton babette hn1423 rare limited edition rare
$1,000.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Rare HN2378 Simone 1970
royal doulton figurine rare hn2378 simone 1970
$70.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Girl with Cornsheaf Figurine no 908
rare royal copenhagen girl with cornsheaf figurine no 908
$70.00
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Partylite ROYAL BLUE 3 X 9 Ocean Mist RARE Bell Top New in box box is bent up
partylite royal blue 3 x 9 ocean mist rare bell top new in box box is bent up
$21.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE CAVALIER HN 2716 MINT
rare royal doulton figurine cavalier hn 2716 mint
$149.99
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Royal Doulton A Victorian Lady Figurine Miniature Series 4 Tall RARE
royal doulton a victorian lady figurine miniature series 4 tall rare
$139.99
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Duncan Royale Nast Limited 1st Ed SIGNED Music Box Santa Claus Rare Christmas
duncan royale nast limited 1st ed signed music box santa claus rare christmas
$12.95
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1980 Rare Signed Francisco JJC Masseria Royal Doulton Andiran Hand Painted Pl
1980 rare signed francisco jjc masseria royal doulton andiran hand painted pl
$50.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE DEIDRE HN 2020 RARE HARD TO FIND
royal doulton figurine deidre hn 2020 rare hard to find
$150.00
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON FAT BOY TOBY CREAMER 3 MUG
rare vintage royal doulton fat boy toby creamer 3 mug
$21.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine NH1878 Jean rare variation
royal doulton figurine nh1878 jean rare variation
$299.00
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MINT Vintage RARE 1984 ARNART J Byron Royal Crown Blue Jay Facing Birds Figurine
mint vintage rare 1984 arnart j byron royal crown blue jay facing birds figurine
$14.99
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK DISH W SAILBOAT 2802 861  DISH W SHORE SCENE D
rare royal copenhagen denmark dish w sailboat 2802 861 dish w shore scene d
$49.95
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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
$299.00
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ROYAL DOULTON Charles Dickens Pickwick Papers Sary Gamp bust figurine RARE
royal doulton charles dickens pickwick papers sary gamp bust figurine rare
$19.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine THE COACHMAN HN2282 Rare Made 1963 71 PRISTINE No Reserve
royal doulton figurine the coachman hn2282 rare made 1963 71 pristine no reserve
$161.95
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Royal Doulton Flambe TEA SET Sterling Rim Makers Mark RARE No Reserve 14 pieces
royal doulton flambe tea set sterling rim makers mark rare no reserve 14 pieces
$400.00
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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
$58.50
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1907 RARE ROYAL DOULTON SAILING SHIPS HAND PAINTED PLATE NUMBERED ANTIQUE
1907 rare royal doulton sailing ships hand painted plate numbered antique
$37.00
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Rare Royal Dalton trinket box egg shaped great condition
rare royal dalton trinket box egg shaped great condition
$11.99
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Royal Doulton Sweet Suzy Figurine HN 1918 Very Rare
royal doulton sweet suzy figurine hn 1918 very rare
$900.00
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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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ANTIQUE RARE ROYAL DALTON CISSIE FIGURINE NUMBERED
antique rare royal dalton cissie figurine numbered
$100.00
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Royal Doulton Toby Mug THE WILD WEST Collection ANNIE OAKLEY No D 6732 RARE
royal doulton toby mug the wild west collection annie oakley no d 6732 rare
$54.99
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Royal Copenhagen Set of 2 Dog Figurines in perfect condition  Very Rare
royal copenhagen set of 2 dog figurines in perfect condition very rare
$174.99
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Royal Doulton figurine Three puppies in basket HN2588 mint RARE
royal doulton figurine three puppies in basket hn2588 mint rare
$18.99
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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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Antique English Copper Tobacco Jar Pot Queen Victoria Royal Rare Crown
antique english copper tobacco jar pot queen victoria royal rare crown
$119.99
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Hard To Find Royal Doulton Figurine Newsboy Rare HN 2244
hard to find royal doulton figurine newsboy rare hn 2244
$139.99
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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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2 Rare vintage royal halsey very fine bird plates WILL SELL SEPARATELY SEE AD
2 rare vintage royal halsey very fine bird plates will sell separately see ad
$6.49
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Very Rare purple Royal Porzellan Bavaria Germany vase
very rare purple royal porzellan bavaria germany vase
$60.00
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ROYAL SCHWABAP Vintage 1984 Hand Painted Coffee Mug Cup 1984 Rare Boat Holland
royal schwabap vintage 1984 hand painted coffee mug cup 1984 rare boat holland
$7.99
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUGS RARE VINTAGE SAM WELLER LARGE 5 half
royal doulton toby jugs rare vintage sam weller large 5 half
$36.99
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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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Rare vintage SPANIEL DOG Basket Planter Vase royal copely MINT
rare vintage spaniel dog basket planter vase royal copely mint
$10.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Mephistopheles Character Jug Small Toby Mug 2 Face No Verse
rare royal doulton mephistopheles character jug small toby mug 2 face no verse
$295.00
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON SHAKESPEARE PORTRAIT PLATE D6306 RARE
vintage antique royal doulton shakespeare portrait plate d6306 rare
$25.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Black Spaniel HN1020 LUCKY STAR OF WARE
rare royal doulton black spaniel hn1020 lucky star of ware
$69.99
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Mug Marc Tetro Royal Canadian Mounted Police Rare with Horses and Flags
mug marc tetro royal canadian mounted police rare with horses and flags
$14.99
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Royal Copenhagen Rare Figurine Thumbelina By HC Andersen Gold Trademark
royal copenhagen rare figurine thumbelina by hc andersen gold trademark
$44.95
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Rare 1950 Horse Royal Doulton Beswick Gude Grey Mare  Foal HN 2532
rare 1950 horse royal doulton beswick gude grey mare foal hn 2532
$395.10
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Royal Doulton 2009 Figurine of the Year Pretty Ladies Hannah HN4835 RARE
royal doulton 2009 figurine of the year pretty ladies hannah hn4835 rare
$189.00
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Royal Doulton England The Lobster Man HN 2323 VERY RARE Cream color version
royal doulton england the lobster man hn 2323 very rare cream color version
$199.80
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Royal Copenhagen Rare Figurine The Little Mermaid By HC Andersen Gold Logo
royal copenhagen rare figurine the little mermaid by hc andersen gold logo
$44.95
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Royal Adderley Floral English bone china miniature pink boot 1940 60s RARE VGC
royal adderley floral english bone china miniature pink boot 1940 60s rare vgc
$7.99
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Rare Retired Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies Autumn Breezes 4716 MINT Bone China
rare retired royal doulton pretty ladies autumn breezes 4716 mint bone china
$59.56
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VERY RARE ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND MR PICKWICK TOBY JUG CREAMER w SIDE GLANCING EYE
very rare royal doulton england mr pickwick toby jug creamer w side glancing eye
$9.99
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VERY RARE Royal Doulton Bunny Kins Bowl Ring around the rosieBaking with mama
very rare royal doulton bunny kins bowl ring around the rosiebaking with mama
$14.00
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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
$237.49
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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
$474.99
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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
$237.49
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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
$474.99
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Royal Doulton Character Jug Old Salt D7153 small colorway Rare Limited Ed in Box
royal doulton character jug old salt d7153 small colorway rare limited ed in box
$113.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Stoneware Slaters Ewer Pair GREAT DETAIL RARE SET
vintage royal doulton stoneware slaters ewer pair great detail rare set
$474.99
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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
$237.49
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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
$85.49
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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
$237.49
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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
$379.99
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Rare Retired Royal Doulton Bone China Figurine Fair Lady HN 2832 C1962 MINT
rare retired royal doulton bone china figurine fair lady hn 2832 c1962 mint
$69.56
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Royal Doulton Magician Bunnykins Colorway Edition Of 1000 Rare HTF
royal doulton magician bunnykins colorway edition of 1000 rare htf
$150.00
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ROYAL DOULTON REFLECTIONS FIGURINE HN 1847 VERY VERY RARE COLLECTABLES
royal doulton reflections figurine hn 1847 very very rare collectables
$1,000.00
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RARE Wein Royal Vienna white porcelain sculpture of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
rare wein royal vienna white porcelain sculpture of wolfgang amadeus mozart
$139.00
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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
$529.99
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Rare Dedt Moroz Duncan Royale History of Santa Claus Figurine NIB
rare dedt moroz duncan royale history of santa claus figurine nib
$24.99
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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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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG THE BOOT MAKER RARE VNTG LIMITED ED NR
royal doulton toby mug the boot maker rare vntg limited ed nr
$79.99
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Rare 1960s Vintage Royal Crown Cola Double Diamond Sign With 4 Color Crown Logo
rare 1960s vintage royal crown cola double diamond sign with 4 color crown logo
$600.00
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ROYAL DOULTON ELEANOR OF PROVENCE FIGURINE HN 2009 VERY RARE
royal doulton eleanor of provence figurine hn 2009 very rare
$195.00
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CROWN ROYAL SALUTES COUNTRY MUSIC MIRROR GLASS FRAMED SEAGRAM RARE
crown royal salutes country music mirror glass framed seagram rare
$29.96
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RARE REMY MARTIN CENTAURE ROYAL FINE GRANDE CHAMPAGNE COGNAC 750ML EMPTY BOTTLE
rare remy martin centaure royal fine grande champagne cognac 750ml empty bottle
$89.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine  HN5379  NIB Highly Collectible
rare royal doulton figurine hn5379 nib highly collectible
$149.99
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CROWN ROYAL WHISKEY SIGN HUGE BOTTLE STORE DISPLAY RARE LIQUOR
crown royal whiskey sign huge bottle store display rare liquor
$59.00
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Antique Royal Doulton King George V Queen Mary coronation pitcher 1911 Rare
antique royal doulton king george v queen mary coronation pitcher 1911 rare
$125.00
quality
Royal Copenhagen Langelinie Mermaid Vase 4463 With Glossy Finish RARE FIND
royal copenhagen langelinie mermaid vase 4463 with glossy finish rare find
$295.00
quality
1970s Vintage Rare Suntory Royal Brandy Tin Tray Japan Whiskey
1970s vintage rare suntory royal brandy tin tray japan whiskey
$89.00
quality
1970s Antique Old Rare Suntory Royal Brandy Tin Tray Japan Whiskey
1970s antique old rare suntory royal brandy tin tray japan whiskey
$89.00
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Jacqueline Kent Royal Jester Collection Basil 346304 New in box+extremely rare
jacqueline kent royal jester collection basil 346304 new in box+extremely rare
$49.99
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Rare Antique 15ct Gold  Enamel Royal Scots Fusiliers Sweetheart Brooch
rare antique 15ct gold enamel royal scots fusiliers sweetheart brooch
$241.47
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RARE Crown Royal Cask No16 BEST PRICE ON EBAY
rare crown royal cask no16 best price on ebay
$355.00
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON DICKENS PORTRAIT PLATE D6306 RARE
vintage antique royal doulton dickens portrait plate d6306 rare
$25.00
quality
VINTAGE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON ROGER SOLEM COBLER PLATE D6302 RARE
vintage antique royal doulton roger solem cobler plate d6302 rare
$29.00
quality
VINTAGE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON THE JESTER PLATE D6277 RARE
vintage antique royal doulton the jester plate d6277 rare
$40.00
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Royal Worcester Plate Christmas Sunday Sabbath Child Jenny Barnard 8 NEW RARE
royal worcester plate christmas sunday sabbath child jenny barnard 8 new rare
$31.34
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Rare Cross Townsend 925 Sterling Silver Soft ball Point Royal Gift NEW Ireland
rare cross townsend 925 sterling silver soft ball point royal gift new ireland
$172.00
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5 RARE late 1800s Swedish CDV Photos Royal Navy Sailors Seaman Uniform Sweden
5 rare late 1800s swedish cdv photos royal navy sailors seaman uniform sweden
$49.00
quality
Rare ROYAL MIHASHI TAKEJI SWEDISH STEEL Japanese Straight Razor D 487
rare royal mihashi takeji swedish steel japanese straight razor d 487
$176.00
quality
Rare No1 ROYAL MIHASHI TAKEJI Japanese Straight Razor Shaving D 486
rare no1 royal mihashi takeji japanese straight razor shaving d 486
$166.00
quality
Rare No1 ROYAL SUPER MIHASHI TAKEJI Japanese Straight Razor D 485
rare no1 royal super mihashi takeji japanese straight razor d 485
$216.00
quality
Rare Vintage Royal Crown Marx Brothers Figurines
rare vintage royal crown marx brothers figurines
$25.00
quality
Ancient Pyu Royal Gold Beads Rare
ancient pyu royal gold beads rare
$6,000.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON PIERRETTE HN 644 FIGURINE 1924 38 LHARRADINE PERFECT
rare royal doulton pierrette hn 644 figurine 1924 38 lharradine perfect
$1,500.00
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Rare White Royal Doulton Mr Pickwick Jim Beam Character Toby Jug Made In England
rare white royal doulton mr pickwick jim beam character toby jug made in england
$149.95
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER MUG SIMPLE SIMON D6374 LARGE TOBY JUG
rare royal doulton character mug simple simon d6374 large toby jug
$180.00
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VERY RARE THE MASTER D6898 ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER MUG APPROX 4 TOBY JUG
very rare the master d6898 royal doulton character mug approx 4 toby jug
$169.00
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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