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Seagull Rare Royal Copenhagen Figurine 1468
seagull rare royal copenhagen figurine 1468
$70.00
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Lenox ROYAL TREASURE COFFEEPOT NEW WITH LID Brand new Rare item
lenox royal treasure coffeepot new with lid brand new rare item
$107.25
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RARE Royal Doulton PEARLY BOY MINI Character Jug Miniature Toby Arry Mug
rare royal doulton pearly boy mini character jug miniature toby arry mug
$295.68
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RARE PROTOTYPE Royal Doulton GOLD HANDLE VETERAN MOTORIST Character Jug D6637
rare prototype royal doulton gold handle veteran motorist character jug d6637
$374.88
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Rare Royal Doulton Lambeth Stoneware Jug Lord Nelson Battle of Trafalgar
rare royal doulton lambeth stoneware jug lord nelson battle of trafalgar
$875.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Capt Phillp Kingsware Flask Jug Circa 1938
rare royal doulton capt phillp kingsware flask jug circa 1938
$699.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN RARE PORECELAIN MOUSE ON SUGAR CUBES FIGURINE  510
royal copenhagen rare porecelain mouse on sugar cubes figurine 510
$39.99
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Rare Boy with Turban HN1212 Royal Doulton Figurine By Leslie Harradine
rare boy with turban hn1212 royal doulton figurine by leslie harradine
$1,200.00
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Rare Wandering Minstrel Royal Doulton Loving Cup
rare wandering minstrel royal doulton loving cup
$950.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN 0865 BOY AT LUNCH Juliane Marie mark VERY VERY RARE COLOR
royal copenhagen 0865 boy at lunch juliane marie mark very very rare color
$499.99
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton The Little Bridesmaid Rdno 760007
rare and collectible royal doulton the little bridesmaid rdno 760007
$100.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON AFTERNOON TEA HN 1747
rare royal doulton afternoon tea hn 1747
$325.00
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RARE LG 1930S ROYAL DOULTON CHARRINGTON TOBY ALE TOBY JUG MUG 8074 9 quarter
rare lg 1930s royal doulton charrington toby ale toby jug mug 8074 9 quarter
$275.00
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Royal Doulton Toby Mug The Squire Very nice condition RARE
royal doulton toby mug the squire very nice condition rare
$140.00
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Royal Doulton M 82 Rare
royal doulton m 82 rare
$439.00
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VERY RARE 1936 ROYAL DOULTON CURLY KNOB FIGURINE HN 1627
very rare 1936 royal doulton curly knob figurine hn 1627
$399.95
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Royal Doulton Gold Teapot Napkin Rings Set of 4 VERY VERY RARE
royal doulton gold teapot napkin rings set of 4 very very rare
$69.99
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Rare 1953 Royal Doulton Pied Piper Miniature Jug D6514 Made in England
rare 1953 royal doulton pied piper miniature jug d6514 made in england
$55.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Burslem Spanish Ware Dragon Handle Ewer Circa late 1800s
rare royal doulton burslem spanish ware dragon handle ewer circa late 1800s
$899.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Made in England A 2 half Inches Tall Toby Mug 49
rare royal doulton made in england a 2 half inches tall toby mug 49
$20.74
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Figurine 3689 Baby Playing A Horn
rare royal copenhagen figurine 3689 baby playing a horn
$50.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Miniature Vase 2301 Blossoms and Butterfly
rare royal copenhagen miniature vase 2301 blossoms and butterfly
$20.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Miniature Vase 2800 Flower and Vine
rare royal copenhagen miniature vase 2800 flower and vine
$20.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Miniature Vase 366 Flower and Vine
rare royal copenhagen miniature vase 366 flower and vine
$20.00
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Royal Doulton ROSINA HN 1364 PERFECT Condition RARE
royal doulton rosina hn 1364 perfect condition rare
$685.00
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Royal Doulton Mug John Beswick Scrooge Visited by Ghost of Past 1975 RARE
royal doulton mug john beswick scrooge visited by ghost of past 1975 rare
$32.50
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Royal Doulton Series Ware England Rare
royal doulton series ware england rare
$150.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Denmark Dish With Duck 3675 MINT Condition vintage 60s
rare royal copenhagen denmark dish with duck 3675 mint condition vintage 60s
$24.50
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Denmark Dish City Hall plate 2773 MINT vintage 80s Blue
rare royal copenhagen denmark dish city hall plate 2773 mint vintage 80s blue
$19.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Franklin Mint Chrysanthemum Maiden DECORATIVE PLATE Rare
vintage royal doulton franklin mint chrysanthemum maiden decorative plate rare
$54.99
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Vintage Beautiful Rare Cylinder Vase Royal Copley with Fish 65
vintage beautiful rare cylinder vase royal copley with fish 65
$25.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Vase of Pembrooke Castle by JH Plant RA 6284 Circa 1907
rare royal doulton vase of pembrooke castle by jh plant ra 6284 circa 1907
$750.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Honey Blue Dress HN1910 VALENTINES DAY GIFT SHEL LOVE
rare royal doulton honey blue dress hn1910 valentines day gift shel love
$800.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON BULLDOG DOG PUPPY Figurine RETIRED MINT COND 1970S NO RES
rare royal doulton bulldog dog puppy figurine retired mint cond 1970s no res
$32.00
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Department 56 Dickens 1 ROYAL TREE COURT NIB Rare animated Gift Set Low Price
department 56 dickens 1 royal tree court nib rare animated gift set low price
$99.00
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Rare Vintage Circus Royale Tall  Short Clowns 9609 Wallace Berrie 1983 EUC
rare vintage circus royale tall short clowns 9609 wallace berrie 1983 euc
$55.00
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL NORFOLK CREAMER AND TEAPOT SET
rare vintage royal norfolk creamer and teapot set
$14.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN MINI PUPPY COLLECTION DALMATIAN 747 VERY RARE
royal copenhagen mini puppy collection dalmatian 747 very rare
$45.00
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Master Sweep Royal Doulton Figurine HN2205 Chimney Sweep Boy VERY RARE
master sweep royal doulton figurine hn2205 chimney sweep boy very rare
$399.99
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RARE Large Royal Doulton Mephistopheles Devil Toby Mug Jug
rare large royal doulton mephistopheles devil toby mug jug
$900.00
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN JUS ALUMINIA STORE  LILLE CLAUS SALT PEPPER SHAKER SET
rare royal copenhagen jus aluminia store lille claus salt pepper shaker set
$39.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN MINI PUPPY COLLECTION COCKER SPANIEL 751 VERY RARE
royal copenhagen mini puppy collection cocker spaniel 751 very rare
$40.00
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VINTAGE RARE PAIR OF ROYAL WORCESTER KOI CARP FISH TIDBIT BOWLS
vintage rare pair of royal worcester koi carp fish tidbit bowls
$39.99
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Rare Signed HF Royal Doulton Bullfinch Porcelain Bird Figurine HN 2551
rare signed hf royal doulton bullfinch porcelain bird figurine hn 2551
$49.95
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Royal Doulton Carol Singer Bunnykin RARE only 300 worldwide
royal doulton carol singer bunnykin rare only 300 worldwide
$325.00
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Royal Doulton Roseanna Figurine HN1921 Retired 1949 Rare Aqua color
royal doulton roseanna figurine hn1921 retired 1949 rare aqua color
$599.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE MARKED ORIGINAL PATTERN ARTIST INITIALS
rare royal doulton figurine marked original pattern artist initials
$385.00
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Duncan Royale St Nicholas Limited Ed Rare 1983 12 in Orig Box  Cert  book
duncan royale st nicholas limited ed rare 1983 12 in orig box cert book
$132.00
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Royal Doulton Toby Mug Large William Shakespeare Mint Condition RARE
royal doulton toby mug large william shakespeare mint condition rare
$69.99
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Beautiful Rare Vintage Royal caldone Ceracraft LTD Made in England Tea Pot
beautiful rare vintage royal caldone ceracraft ltd made in england tea pot
$29.99
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VINTAGE RARE BESWICK ALICE SERIES ROYAL DOULTON TABLEWARE  DODO  FIGURINE 1976
vintage rare beswick alice series royal doulton tableware dodo figurine 1976
$99.95
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VINTAGE RARE BESWICK ALICE SERIES ROYAL DOULTON TABLEWARE  FROG FOOTMAN  1976
vintage rare beswick alice series royal doulton tableware frog footman 1976
$99.95
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN TEA CUP IN RARE PATTERN GOLDEN HORNS
royal copenhagen tea cup in rare pattern golden horns
$9.99
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PRE 56 ROYAL COPENHAGEN ALUMINIA FAJANCE RARE Horderves DISH CHERRIES DENMARK NM
pre 56 royal copenhagen aluminia fajance rare horderves dish cherries denmark nm
$22.99
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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
$49.99
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Rare and Numbered Royal Doulton Figurine Daddys Joy HN3294 Mint
rare and numbered royal doulton figurine daddys joy hn3294 mint
$120.00
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Royal Doulton DUTCH Series Ware Teapot ca1904 1940  Rare Color Scheme
royal doulton dutch series ware teapot ca1904 1940 rare color scheme
$240.00
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Vintage Royal Doulton The carpet seller Rare Figurine
vintage royal doulton the carpet seller rare figurine
$89.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Large Jug Mug Touchstone Issued 1936 Rare
vintage royal doulton large jug mug touchstone issued 1936 rare
$89.99
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DANBURY MINT KAUFFMAN STADIUM KANSAS CITY ROYALS BASEBALL Sold out rare COA
danbury mint kauffman stadium kansas city royals baseball sold out rare coa
$410.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Autumn Breeze HN 1934 Retired Rare 2 footed England
royal doulton figurine autumn breeze hn 1934 retired rare 2 footed england
$69.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Betsy vintage and rare
royal doulton figurine betsy vintage and rare
$179.99
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Royal Meridian Handgemalt Bisque Figurine Grandma Grandpa Playing Cards RARE
royal meridian handgemalt bisque figurine grandma grandpa playing cards rare
$71.49
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON Irish Setter Dog Figurine Hn 1055 Vintage
rare royal doulton irish setter dog figurine hn 1055 vintage
$99.95
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1851 ROYAL DOULTON LONG JOHN SILVER PIRATE MUG COLLECTIBLERARE PIRATE NUMD
1851 royal doulton long john silver pirate mug collectiblerare pirate numd
$70.00
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Very Rare Royal Copenhagen Miniature Plate WINDMILL 2985 2 985 PLUS EXTRAS
very rare royal copenhagen miniature plate windmill 2985 2 985 plus extras
$19.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Falstaff LARGE TOBY MUG COPR 1949 Made in England RARE
royal doulton figurine falstaff large toby mug copr 1949 made in england rare
$29.47
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ROYAL DOULTON BLITHE MORNING RARE DISCONTINUED FIGURINE 1948 VERY PRETTY
royal doulton blithe morning rare discontinued figurine 1948 very pretty
$240.00
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Franklin Mint by Royal Doulton Chrysanthemum Maiden Extremely Rare
franklin mint by royal doulton chrysanthemum maiden extremely rare
$75.00
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RARE DATE CODED LARGE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG OLD SALT D6551 COPR1960
rare date coded large royal doulton toby jug old salt d6551 copr1960
$129.00
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Royal Doulton Circa mid 1800s Doulton  Co Flambe Vase  Very Rare
royal doulton circa mid 1800s doulton co flambe vase very rare
$99.99
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ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND 1948 RETIRED RARE FIGURINE HN 2165 JANICE LADY WOMAN MINT
royal doulton england 1948 retired rare figurine hn 2165 janice lady woman mint
$169.00
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RARE Royal Doulton BUNNYKINS Lamp 1936 Perfect For Boy or Girl Baby Nursery
rare royal doulton bunnykins lamp 1936 perfect for boy or girl baby nursery
$4.99
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Royal Tara Bone China large trinket box green clovers RARE Heart
royal tara bone china large trinket box green clovers rare heart
$15.00
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RARE Royal Norfolk Winter Snowman Hearts Christmas Coffee Tea Mug
rare royal norfolk winter snowman hearts christmas coffee tea mug
$0.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Tranquility HN 2469  RARE
royal doulton figurine tranquility hn 2469 rare
$299.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Trick Or Treat Bunnykins Limited Edition of 1500 in 1995
royal doulton rare trick or treat bunnykins limited edition of 1500 in 1995
$475.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen SKATERS  SKATES Paper Ornaments Denmark SET of 4
rare royal copenhagen skaters skates paper ornaments denmark set of 4
$19.99
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1955 Royal Doulton ATHOS Three Musketeers Character Toby Jug D6509 RARE 25 jdc
1955 royal doulton athos three musketeers character toby jug d6509 rare 25 jdc
$55.00
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Royal Doulton Leisure Hour HN2055 Rare Lady Figure By P Davies 1950 65
royal doulton leisure hour hn2055 rare lady figure by p davies 1950 65
$76.00
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Duncan Royale Santas CHRISTMAS ANGEL Limited Collectible porcelain figurine rare
duncan royale santas christmas angel limited collectible porcelain figurine rare
$249.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON MINTON LIMITED EDITION FINE PORCELAIN MONKEY TEAPOT
rare royal doulton minton limited edition fine porcelain monkey teapot
$63.00
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Pair of Royal Doulton HN1140 Daschund Dog K14 Figurine Rare
pair of royal doulton hn1140 daschund dog k14 figurine rare
$160.00
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Rare Royal DoultonOld Balloon Seller figurine1929 England PorcelainHarradine
rare royal doultonold balloon seller figurine1929 england porcelainharradine
$72.75
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The Chief Royal Doulton Figurine HN 2892 From 1978 Indian With Peace Pipe RARE
the chief royal doulton figurine hn 2892 from 1978 indian with peace pipe rare
$239.99
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The Clockmaker Royal Doulton Figurine HN 2279 Retired Piece RARE FIND
the clockmaker royal doulton figurine hn 2279 retired piece rare find
$249.99
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Vtg Royal Worcester White Rabbit 3611 Alice Wonderland Porcelain Figurine RARE
vtg royal worcester white rabbit 3611 alice wonderland porcelain figurine rare
$599.00
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RARE Royal Doulton THE OLD BALLOON SELLER Figurine HN1315 Figure Dated to 1942
rare royal doulton the old balloon seller figurine hn1315 figure dated to 1942
$89.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton VERONICA Miniature figurine M64 made in 1937
rare vintage royal doulton veronica miniature figurine m64 made in 1937
$599.00
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King Edward VI HN 4263 Royal Doulton Figurine Rare Limited Edition
king edward vi hn 4263 royal doulton figurine rare limited edition
$900.00
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Royal Doulton Chloe Figurine RN764558 HN1765 Rare
royal doulton chloe figurine rn764558 hn1765 rare
$374.99
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton Yeoman Of The Guard HN 688 1924 1938
extremely rare royal doulton yeoman of the guard hn 688 1924 1938
$1,750.00
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Royal Doulton Top of the Hill figurine HN 1833 Rare Green
royal doulton top of the hill figurine hn 1833 rare green
$72.99
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Vintage Royal Air Force WW II Era Wing Commander Silver Baton Handle RARE
vintage royal air force ww ii era wing commander silver baton handle rare
$149.99
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Royal Doulton HN56A Porcelan Figurine by H Tittensor Land of Nod RARE
royal doulton hn56a porcelan figurine by h tittensor land of nod rare
$7,000.00
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Royal Doulton Trotty Veck Porcelain Figurine Rare Charles Dickens Character
royal doulton trotty veck porcelain figurine rare charles dickens character
$99.95
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ROYAL DOULTON JOHN PEEL LARGE TOBY MUG RARE A MARK 6 half INCHES
royal doulton john peel large toby mug rare a mark 6 half inches
$35.00
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Rare Retro Mid Century Pair Of Royal Haeger Yellow Cylinder Vases Modern Cool
rare retro mid century pair of royal haeger yellow cylinder vases modern cool
$24.99
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RARE GENUINE ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY PETTY OFFICER BERET BADGE
rare genuine royal australian navy petty officer beret badge
$28.02
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Christopher Radko 1991 PRINCE UMBRELLA RARE Vintage Royal Ornament NEW w Tag
christopher radko 1991 prince umbrella rare vintage royal ornament new w tag
$195.00
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Christopher Radko 1991 KING ARTHUR vintage RARE Royal Ornament NEW SEALED
christopher radko 1991 king arthur vintage rare royal ornament new sealed
$250.00
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Christopher Radko HER MAJESTY RARE Queen Royal Vintage Reflector NEW w Tag
christopher radko her majesty rare queen royal vintage reflector new w tag
$195.00
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Royal Doulton HN 2114 Sleepyhead 1952 Signed Peggy Davies RARE Retired Vintage
royal doulton hn 2114 sleepyhead 1952 signed peggy davies rare retired vintage
$3,399.00
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RARE Royal Selangor Pewter Lord of the Rings Pewter Shot glasses Hand Signed 01
rare royal selangor pewter lord of the rings pewter shot glasses hand signed 01
$115.00
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RARE UNIQUE CROWN ROYAL BOTTLE IN LUCITE WITH CIGAR TABLE LIGHTER 6 half  H
rare unique crown royal bottle in lucite with cigar table lighter 6 half h
$39.99
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Rare Early Royal Doulton The Little Mistress HN 1449 Lady Figurine MINT
rare early royal doulton the little mistress hn 1449 lady figurine mint
$1,500.00
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Super Rare Early Royal Doulton SUZETTE HN 1577 Figurine MINT
super rare early royal doulton suzette hn 1577 figurine mint
$1,500.00
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Rare Early Royal Doulton England Elfreda HN 2078 Lady Figurine MINT
rare early royal doulton england elfreda hn 2078 lady figurine mint
$390.00
quality
Rare Crown Royal Cask No 16 Canadian Whiskey Box Bottle Bag Mint
rare crown royal cask no 16 canadian whiskey box bottle bag mint
$20.00
quality
Rare Vintage EN AR CO can Royal
rare vintage en ar co can royal
$45.00
quality
VINTAGE MUGS ROYALE JAPAN HAND CRAFTED XMAS TEA SET RARE HERITAGE SCENERY
vintage mugs royale japan hand crafted xmas tea set rare heritage scenery
$35.99
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RARE Tinkerbell Fairies Royal Doulton Disney Ceramic Figure Dreamy Thoughts
rare tinkerbell fairies royal doulton disney ceramic figure dreamy thoughts
$75.00
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Rare Peasant Goose Girl Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Figurine Signed MMVintage
rare peasant goose girl royal copenhagen porcelain figurine signed mmvintage
$29.99
quality
HUGE Vintage Purple CROWN ROYAL Bar Sign Mirror 39 x 29 RARE
huge vintage purple crown royal bar sign mirror 39 x 29 rare
$199.99
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PartyLite 3 Wick Pillar Candle 6 x 8 Ocean Mist Royal Blue Rare
partylite 3 wick pillar candle 6 x 8 ocean mist royal blue rare
$50.50
quality
Royal Doulton American Foxhound Figurine HN 2525 VERY RARE
royal doulton american foxhound figurine hn 2525 very rare
$499.00
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Rare Royal Doulton International Notable Namesakes Rapunzel Fredrick Jackson
rare royal doulton international notable namesakes rapunzel fredrick jackson
$34.99
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Charles  Diana The Royal Wedding Wolf Blass Commerative PortNumbered Rare
charles diana the royal wedding wolf blass commerative portnumbered rare
$140.32
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VINTAGE CROWN ROYAL SWINGING DISPLAY STAND WITH BOTTLE  RARE CROWN POUR SPOUT
vintage crown royal swinging display stand with bottle rare crown pour spout
$54.99
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DEPT 56THE OLD ROYAL OBSERVATORYGOLD DOME1543 OF 5500 RAREBRAND NEW
dept 56the old royal observatorygold dome1543 of 5500 rarebrand new
$159.95
quality
VINTAGE RARE FEED BAG POUTRY MASHES BAGPORT ROYAL PAJUNIATA COPOULTRY BAG
vintage rare feed bag poutry mashes bagport royal pajuniata copoultry bag
$34.99
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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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