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RARE GILLETTE RAZOR AND BLADES ADVERTISEMENT ROYAL DOULTON GILLETTE ASH TRAY
rare gillette razor and blades advertisement royal doulton gillette ash tray
$99.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN BLUE DENMARK LANGELINIE SOUVENIR LITTLE MERMAID 45 PLATE RARE
royal copenhagen blue denmark langelinie souvenir little mermaid 45 plate rare
$35.95
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ROYAL WORCESTER FIGURINE MY FAVOURITE  3014 BY FG DOUGHTY RARE GREEN DRESS
royal worcester figurine my favourite 3014 by fg doughty rare green dress
$145.00
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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG Greetings Cliff Cornell Rare Brown Suit
vintage royal doulton toby jug greetings cliff cornell rare brown suit
$169.00
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS 75 Plate 6 Bowl Mug Apple Picking Market Rare Design
royal doulton bunnykins 75 plate 6 bowl mug apple picking market rare design
$54.99
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Duncan Royale Soda Pop Santa Miniature 1st Edition RARE
duncan royale soda pop santa miniature 1st edition rare
$112.50
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royal doulton autumn harvest LE collectible RARE
royal doulton autumn harvest le collectible rare
$149.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Ton Mug Mrs Loan The Librarian D6715 3 3 4 MINT
rare royal doulton ton mug mrs loan the librarian d6715 3 3 4 mint
$9.99
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Royal Gem Collection RARE Dragonfly Trinket Pill Box
royal gem collection rare dragonfly trinket pill box
$10.99
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RARE 1946 LIMITED EDITION ROYAL DOULTON BEEFEATER TOBY CHARACTER JUG D6233
rare 1946 limited edition royal doulton beefeater toby character jug d6233
$9.99
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Rare Limited Edition Signed Royal Doulton Toby JUG D7130 Eric Knowles Mint
rare limited edition signed royal doulton toby jug d7130 eric knowles mint
$29.99
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ROYAL DOULTON Robin Hood 6534 Rare TOBY CHARACTER JUG 1959
royal doulton robin hood 6534 rare toby character jug 1959
$11.00
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ultra RARE numbered collectible Royal Doulton The Three Gardeners Tea Cup
ultra rare numbered collectible royal doulton the three gardeners tea cup
$100.00
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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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HARD TO FIND AND RARE ROYAL DOULTON SAIREY GAMP BOOKEND SUPERB CONDITION
hard to find and rare royal doulton sairey gamp bookend superb condition
$100.00
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Royal Copenhagen Cow Calf Figurine  1072 Rare  Retired Mint
royal copenhagen cow calf figurine 1072 rare retired mint
$149.99
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Rare Royal Haeger sea Shell Angel WING Ash Tray Vintage antique Gold lay 155
rare royal haeger sea shell angel wing ash tray vintage antique gold lay 155
$30.50
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RARE Huge 12 Franklin Mint 1986 White ROYAL SWAN Porcelain Display Base Stand
rare huge 12 franklin mint 1986 white royal swan porcelain display base stand
$39.95
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Artist Signed Royal Copenhagen Flower Bee Bud Vase Denmark Rare Collectible
artist signed royal copenhagen flower bee bud vase denmark rare collectible
$19.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Character Jug From Williamsburg Apothecary Medium Size
rare royal doulton character jug from williamsburg apothecary medium size
$22.95
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RARE Royal Doulton Figure HN2011 MATILDA Period Figurine
rare royal doulton figure hn2011 matilda period figurine
$195.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHARLEYS AUNT STYLE 2 HN 1554 MISMARKED HN 1532 EXC COND
rare royal doulton charleys aunt style 2 hn 1554 mismarked hn 1532 exc cond
$152.50
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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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V RARE ROYAL DOULTON PROTOTYPE SMALL JOCKEY CHARACTER JUG RED AND GREEN MINT
v rare royal doulton prototype small jockey character jug red and green mint
$100.00
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V RARE ROYAL DOULTON MINE HOST CHARACTER JUG WITH STOKE JUBILEE BACKSTAMP MINT
v rare royal doulton mine host character jug with stoke jubilee backstamp mint
$100.00
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rare ROYAL CAULDON ENGLAND 375 gilt edge dish w bird  flowers H A Pausch
rare royal cauldon england 375 gilt edge dish w bird flowers h a pausch
$4.75
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Lovely Rare Royal Copenhagen BG Puffin No 2384 Pristine Condition
lovely rare royal copenhagen bg puffin no 2384 pristine condition
$219.00
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VTG Royal Doulton England Fine Bone China Lucky Black Cat Kitten Figurine Rare
vtg royal doulton england fine bone china lucky black cat kitten figurine rare
$49.95
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Plate The Training Ship 1961 Christmas
rare royal copenhagen plate the training ship 1961 christmas
$95.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen The Stag 1960 Christmas Collectible Plate
rare royal copenhagen the stag 1960 christmas collectible plate
$135.00
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Royal Orleans Rose Petal Place David Kirschner Pitterpat Cat Figurine 1983 Rare
royal orleans rose petal place david kirschner pitterpat cat figurine 1983 rare
$19.99
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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
$1,168.00
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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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1935 Rare Royal Worcester Bone China Figurine Blue Dress Noel
1935 rare royal worcester bone china figurine blue dress noel
$199.00
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Royal Doulton Character Jug Tiny Auld Mac D6257 rare
royal doulton character jug tiny auld mac d6257 rare
$44.00
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RARE ROYAL ALBERT Lyric Shape 12 Zodiac signs in Gold Cup  Saucer
rare royal albert lyric shape 12 zodiac signs in gold cup saucer
$25.00
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN GIRL FIGURINE DENMARK INUIT GREENLAND PORCELAIN FIGURE
rare royal copenhagen girl figurine denmark inuit greenland porcelain figure
$259.00
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ROYAL DOULTON COUNTRY ROSE FIGURINE RARE 1988 DAVIES HN 3221 HAND MADE PAINTED
royal doulton country rose figurine rare 1988 davies hn 3221 hand made painted
$49.99
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Rare Vtg M 81 Royal Doulton Goody Two Shoes Lady Figurine with Purple
rare vtg m 81 royal doulton goody two shoes lady figurine with purple
$34.95
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ROYAL DOULTON RARE ANTIQUE 1902 1922 ROYAL DOULTON PLATE WOMEN
royal doulton rare antique 1902 1922 royal doulton plate women
$178.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FRODO LORD OF THE RINGS MIDDLE EARTH MINT RARE REG295
royal doulton frodo lord of the rings middle earth mint rare reg295
$113.05
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NEW RARE ROYAL DOULTON ROBIN HOOD 8 FIGURE 1984 MADE IN ENGLAND HN 2773
new rare royal doulton robin hood 8 figure 1984 made in england hn 2773
$59.99
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NEW RARE ROYAL DOULTON THE OLD BALLOON SELLER 7 FIGURE HN1315 MADE IN ENGLAND
new rare royal doulton the old balloon seller 7 figure hn1315 made in england
$49.99
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Royal Doulton THE BEATLES John Lennon Mug RARE D6725
royal doulton the beatles john lennon mug rare d6725
$98.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FRODO LORD OF THE RINGS MIDDLE EARTH MINT RARE REG295
royal doulton frodo lord of the rings middle earth mint rare reg295
$70.00
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VTG Royal Copenhagen The Snowman 1985 In Box Collectible Christmas Rare
vtg royal copenhagen the snowman 1985 in box collectible christmas rare
$63.99
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VTG Royal Copenhagen Going Home For Christmas 1973 In Box Collectible Rare
vtg royal copenhagen going home for christmas 1973 in box collectible rare
$46.49
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON BULLDOG 1941 ISSUE DRAPED IN UNION JACK WITH DERBY HAT
rare royal doulton bulldog 1941 issue draped in union jack with derby hat
$1,249.95
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Rare Antique Royal Doulton Vase Philosopher Omar Khayam D 4524 Year 1925
rare antique royal doulton vase philosopher omar khayam d 4524 year 1925
$275.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON BULLDOG 1941 ISSUE TRINITY CAP WITH CIGAR
rare royal doulton bulldog 1941 issue trinity cap with cigar
$1,599.95
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Rare 1909 Royal Soul ton Dessert Scenes 3 Women At The OAISS PITCHER 575
rare 1909 royal soul ton dessert scenes 3 women at the oaiss pitcher 575
$55.00
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Rare 1909 Royal DOULTON desert Scenes Covered Bowl Two Men With Camels Hunting
rare 1909 royal doulton desert scenes covered bowl two men with camels hunting
$45.00
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Royal Doulton Little Lady Make Believe Rare 830775 In 1870
royal doulton little lady make believe rare 830775 in 1870
$199.00
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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
$90.00
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RARE 1957 Royal Copenhagen Nude Women with Water Pitcher 4359 Figurine
rare 1957 royal copenhagen nude women with water pitcher 4359 figurine
$750.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Figure HN1678 Dinky Do PROPERTY OF ROYAL DOULTON
rare royal doulton figure hn1678 dinky do property of royal doulton
$169.95
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ANTIQUE ROYAL COPENHAGEN COMMEMORATIVE PLATE 1849 1899 FREDERICIA Rare
antique royal copenhagen commemorative plate 1849 1899 fredericia rare
$65.00
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DANISH ALUMINIA ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLAQUETTE FREDERIKSBERG KIRKE 1948 RARE
danish aluminia royal copenhagen plaquette frederiksberg kirke 1948 rare
$23.50
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Royal Doulton EXTREMELY RARE Parrot with perpetual calender
royal doulton extremely rare parrot with perpetual calender
$150.00
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Vintage RARE Royal Doulton Golliwoggs Figurine
vintage rare royal doulton golliwoggs figurine
$345.00
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Vintage RARE Royal Doulton Pyjams HN 1862
vintage rare royal doulton pyjams hn 1862
$475.00
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ROYAL DOULTON THANKSGIVING HN2446 MINT MAGNIFICENT FIGURINE REG295 RARE
royal doulton thanksgiving hn2446 mint magnificent figurine reg295 rare
$179.55
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Royal Doulton D7285 Franklin D Roosevelt Very Rare Large Character Jug 95 100
royal doulton d7285 franklin d roosevelt very rare large character jug 95 100
$1,600.00
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Royal Doulton D7264 General Macarthur Rare Large Character Jug 45 100
royal doulton d7264 general macarthur rare large character jug 45 100
$1,600.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Antique Sculpture  The Boer War Soldier By John Broad
rare royal doulton antique sculpture the boer war soldier by john broad
$2,500.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Prototype Ankhessenamun D7128 SMALL Character Jug
royal doulton rare prototype ankhessenamun d7128 small character jug
$500.00
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton HN1341 MARIETTA Figurine 1929 1940
extremely rare royal doulton hn1341 marietta figurine 1929 1940
$1,000.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton HN644 Pierette Figurine 1924 1938
very rare royal doulton hn644 pierette figurine 1924 1938
$600.00
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ROYAL DOULTON BEEFEATER TOBY JUG TABLE LIGHTER MINT 1946 ENGLAND RARE
royal doulton beefeater toby jug table lighter mint 1946 england rare
$99.95
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RARE ROYAL WINTON GRIMWADES GALLEONS  VICKINGS FLEET TEAPOT  TILE 1930S
rare royal winton grimwades galleons vickings fleet teapot tile 1930s
$130.00
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Royal Doulton Cliff Cornell Large Toby Jug Light Brown Suit 1956 Rare
royal doulton cliff cornell large toby jug light brown suit 1956 rare
$300.00
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Royal Doulton Charrington Variation 2 Rare Made in England
royal doulton charrington variation 2 rare made in england
$260.00
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Royal Doulton Cliff Cornell Large Toby Jug Dark Brown Suit 1956 Rare
royal doulton cliff cornell large toby jug dark brown suit 1956 rare
$120.00
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Rare Royal Sealy Figurine Statue Set Book Ends Gilt Ornate Victorian White Gold
rare royal sealy figurine statue set book ends gilt ornate victorian white gold
$39.99
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Rare old Royal Doulton England White Fantail Dove Pigeons Porcelain bird HN122
rare old royal doulton england white fantail dove pigeons porcelain bird hn122
$150.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge The Wedding 5 pieces collection
rare royal doulton brambly hedge the wedding 5 pieces collection
$255.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge 1996 Annual Tea Set cup saucer and 8 plate
rare royal doulton brambly hedge 1996 annual tea set cup saucer and 8 plate
$175.00
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Royal Doulton The Cavalier Small Toby Jug 325 Inches A mark Rare
royal doulton the cavalier small toby jug 325 inches a mark rare
$14.50
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Royal Doulton Large Toby Mug  Grammy  In Mint Condition Rare
royal doulton large toby mug grammy in mint condition rare
$98.10
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1960 RARE AVON DELAGAR ROYAL DOVE PERFUME BOTTLE
1960 rare avon delagar royal dove perfume bottle
$14.99
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RARE  Royal Doulton Gnomes Ware 9 Bowl  RARE
rare royal doulton gnomes ware 9 bowl rare
$449.99
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LEFTON ROYAL DOVER Vintage Open Pink Rose With Bee RARE REDUCED
lefton royal dover vintage open pink rose with bee rare reduced
$14.00
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Piggy Bank AIR IN TIRE 1936RARE PIECE
royal doulton bunnykins piggy bank air in tire 1936rare piece
$25.99
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RARE  Royal Doulton Gnomes Ware 9375 Plate  RARE
rare royal doulton gnomes ware 9375 plate rare
$449.99
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RARE COLLECTABLE PLATE MONCHENGLADBACH RHEYDT ROYAL COPENHAGEN SIGNED BY ARTIST
rare collectable plate monchengladbach rheydt royal copenhagen signed by artist
$27.00
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Vintage Royal Doulton Toby Jug Sam Johnson 325 inches Rare A Mark
vintage royal doulton toby jug sam johnson 325 inches rare a mark
$14.25
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VINTAGE  RARE HANDPAINTED ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE CISSIE HN 1809  MS
vintage rare handpainted royal doulton figurine cissie hn 1809 ms
$69.95
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Vintage Royal Doulton Toby Jugs Dick Turpin  Arriet  Rare A Mark 225 in
vintage royal doulton toby jugs dick turpin arriet rare a mark 225 in
$14.50
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Partylite Rare Pair PURPLE 7H ROYAL LUSTRE Stemmed Votive Candleholders NWOB
partylite rare pair purple 7h royal lustre stemmed votive candleholders nwob
$27.99
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Duncan Royale History of Clown Slapstick Figurine Ltd Edition 467 120000 Rare
duncan royale history of clown slapstick figurine ltd edition 467 120000 rare
$29.95
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Duncan Royale History of Clown Pantalone Figurine Ltd Edition 162 120000 Rare
duncan royale history of clown pantalone figurine ltd edition 162 120000 rare
$29.95
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Royal Albert Saucer Only CAMELOT Mauve Flowers Vintage Shabby Chic RARE
royal albert saucer only camelot mauve flowers vintage shabby chic rare
$7.50
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Royal Doulton Leatherware Jug Skinner  Rook Rare Nottingham Crest Whisky
royal doulton leatherware jug skinner rook rare nottingham crest whisky
$575.00
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Indian Royal Decorative Collectible Rare Sadul singh portrait Painting G8 106
indian royal decorative collectible rare sadul singh portrait painting g8 106
$750.00
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RARE WW2 ROYAL ARMY MAJOR GENERAL MESS DRESS SHOULDERBOARDS
rare ww2 royal army major general mess dress shoulderboards
$100.00
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RARE WW2 ROYAL ARMY LIEUTENANT GENERAL GREENS DRESS UNIFORM SHOULDERBOARDS
rare ww2 royal army lieutenant general greens dress uniform shoulderboards
$115.00
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Namiki Custom Impressions 3x Fountain Pen Grey Amber Royal Blue EXTREMELY RARE
namiki custom impressions 3x fountain pen grey amber royal blue extremely rare
$3,000.00
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Vintage Rare 8 Edwardian Royal Doulton John Barleycorn Toby Jug England 1920s
vintage rare 8 edwardian royal doulton john barleycorn toby jug england 1920s
$75.00
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Rare Collectible Flamb Vase Royal Doulton Burslem Artwares Lantao Change Glaze
rare collectible flamb vase royal doulton burslem artwares lantao change glaze
$159.00
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PRINCESS DIANA  Prince Charles 1981 Royal Wedding Program RARE Lady Diana
princess diana prince charles 1981 royal wedding program rare lady diana
$349.00
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OLD RARE Bullion Regalia British Badge Patches French Royal Crest Coronation
old rare bullion regalia british badge patches french royal crest coronation
$187.52
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Royal Copenhagen Rare Figurine 3556 Boy with umbrella c1980 list price 440
royal copenhagen rare figurine 3556 boy with umbrella c1980 list price 440
$49.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Series Ware Dickens Bill Sykes Friar Shape Small Jug D5175
rare royal doulton series ware dickens bill sykes friar shape small jug d5175
$89.00
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Royal Visit Programme 1951 City Of Vancouver Princess Elizabeth Visit RARE
royal visit programme 1951 city of vancouver princess elizabeth visit rare
$76.72
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Rare Vintage Seth Thomas Royal Seth Mantel clock
rare vintage seth thomas royal seth mantel clock
$119.99
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Homer Laughlin China Boeing Symbol Royal Blue  White 11 Plate Rare
homer laughlin china boeing symbol royal blue white 11 plate rare
$27.99
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RARE 2003 ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS CEREAL BOWL SEASONS GREETINGS
rare 2003 royal copenhagen christmas cereal bowl seasons greetings
$34.99
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RARE 2004 ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS CEREAL BOWL AWAITING THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN
rare 2004 royal copenhagen christmas cereal bowl awaiting the christmas train
$37.99
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Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate LARGE 11 Rare Church Image MINT CONDITION
royal copenhagen christmas plate large 11 rare church image mint condition
$149.95
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Aladdins Genie Royal Doulton Flambe Character Toby Jug D6971 RARE Large  667
aladdins genie royal doulton flambe character toby jug d6971 rare large 667
$199.00
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Barbie Royal Doulton Birthday Wishes Barbie 7 2011 Limited Edition HN 5532 RARE
barbie royal doulton birthday wishes barbie 7 2011 limited edition hn 5532 rare
$134.95
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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
$39.95
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One of a Kind RARE Chinese Royal Kingfisher Bird Lotus Floral Qing Court Crown
one of a kind rare chinese royal kingfisher bird lotus floral qing court crown
$332.50
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Royal Copenhagen Figure Girl Dressing Hair  4648 Denmark RARE
royal copenhagen figure girl dressing hair 4648 denmark rare
$29.99
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RARE VIETNAM ERA RAR ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT INFANTRY SKIPPY HAT BADGE
rare vietnam era rar royal australian regiment infantry skippy hat badge
$68.31
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RARE VIETNAM ERA RAR ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT INFANTRY COLLAR BADGES PAIR
rare vietnam era rar royal australian regiment infantry collar badges pair
$68.31
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VINTAGE RARE HORNER ROYAL CANADIAN MONTIES CANDY TOFFEE TIN MADE IN ENGLAND 50s
vintage rare horner royal canadian monties candy toffee tin made in england 50s
$29.35
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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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Camellias HN3701 Royal Doulton Figurine flowers of love RARE
camellias hn3701 royal doulton figurine flowers of love rare
$795.50
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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
$22.95
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RARE 1875 ROYAL ARCH MASON MASONIC KNIGHTS TEMPLAR 10 KT GOLD FOB MEDAL 1497 GS
rare 1875 royal arch mason masonic knights templar 10 kt gold fob medal 1497 gs
$349.95
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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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