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12 LARGE ANTIQUE ROYAL BONN VASE LILAC GERMANY BEAUTIFUL RARE
12 large antique royal bonn vase lilac germany beautiful rare
$39.50
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Vintage Autumn Breezes Royal Doulton HN 1911 Issued 1939 RARE
vintage autumn breezes royal doulton hn 1911 issued 1939 rare
$159.00
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Royal Crown Flower Vendor footed mug by pia very rare 2748 cups retro
royal crown flower vendor footed mug by pia very rare 2748 cups retro
$10.99
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Royal doulton the blacksmith of Williamsburg rare
royal doulton the blacksmith of williamsburg rare
$70.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Albert Plate Seasons Greetings Bone China England
rare vintage royal albert plate seasons greetings bone china england
$23.50
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Royal doulton royal governors cook HN2233 rare
royal doulton royal governors cook hn2233 rare
$175.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON 5 BONE CHINA FIGURINE WENDY 1952 HN 2109 MINT
rare royal doulton 5 bone china figurine wendy 1952 hn 2109 mint
$79.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS BUNNYBANK RARE
royal doulton bunnykins bunnybank rare
$55.00
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Rare 1985 Christmas Holiday Royal Orleans BUNNY RABBIT Trinket Candy Box JAPAN
rare 1985 christmas holiday royal orleans bunny rabbit trinket candy box japan
$39.98
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Rare Royal Doulton PECKSNIFF Dickens Vintage Bone China 4 Figurine Stamp ca1932
rare royal doulton pecksniff dickens vintage bone china 4 figurine stamp ca1932
$25.00
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG JUG ASHTRAY FARMER JOHN OLD A MARK RARE 8290 3 DALTON
royal doulton toby mug jug ashtray farmer john old a mark rare 8290 3 dalton
$99.99
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Rare The Royal Yacht Dannebrog Bing and Grondahl BG 1895 Jule 1990 Copenhagen
rare the royal yacht dannebrog bing and grondahl bg 1895 jule 1990 copenhagen
$69.99
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VERY RARE SUPERB ROYAL DOULTON LIMITED EDITION OF1000 FIGURINE JUDITH HN2313
very rare superb royal doulton limited edition of1000 figurine judith hn2313
$60.00
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BNIB LOVING YOU ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE FULL SIZE 8 half  HN 5333 RARE
bnib loving you royal doulton figurine full size 8 half hn 5333 rare
$124.95
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RARE VINTAGE 1971 AVON ROYAL SWAN CHARISMA COLOGNE NEW IN BOX FREE SHIPPING
rare vintage 1971 avon royal swan charisma cologne new in box free shipping
$16.99
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Royal Doulton Antique 105 Plate Woman With Child  Tree And Bird Border Rare
royal doulton antique 105 plate woman with child tree and bird border rare
$42.00
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Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies SHARON Figurine 2013 HN 5624 RARE NEW
royal doulton pretty ladies sharon figurine 2013 hn 5624 rare new
$58.95
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Royal Dutch Silverworks Elweretta Line  Forks  Spoons Rare Spinning Windmill
royal dutch silverworks elweretta line forks spoons rare spinning windmill
$25.99
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LYNGBY Royal Copenhagen Denmark Polar Bear Cub Porcelain Figurine RARE
lyngby royal copenhagen denmark polar bear cub porcelain figurine rare
$38.99
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Large Royal Dux Rare Porcelain Figurine of two Deer Running
large royal dux rare porcelain figurine of two deer running
$75.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Capt Phillp Kingsware Flask Jug Circa 1938
rare royal doulton capt phillp kingsware flask jug circa 1938
$429.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Nelson Loving Cup Limited Edition of Only 200 Made
rare royal doulton nelson loving cup limited edition of only 200 made
$799.00
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Rare Dahl Jensen Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Samoyed Dog Estate Find
rare dahl jensen royal copenhagen porcelain samoyed dog estate find
$127.50
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Rare Royal Crown Vintage Figurine Old Woman Sewing Needlepoint Hand Painted
rare royal crown vintage figurine old woman sewing needlepoint hand painted
$9.99
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ANTIQUE VERY RARE ROYAL DOULTON BLOSSOM MOTHER FIGURINE DATED 1934
antique very rare royal doulton blossom mother figurine dated 1934
$2,000.00
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HN4653 Michael Doulton Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn4653 michael doulton royal doulton figurine rare
$119.99
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Chimpanzee Figurine Royal Doulton Animals USA Retired 1980 Excellent RARE
chimpanzee figurine royal doulton animals usa retired 1980 excellent rare
$48.50
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN CRYSTAL VOTIVE CANDLEHOLDER with STAND 46 H
rare royal copenhagen crystal votive candleholder with stand 46 h
$199.00
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SUPERB RARE VINTAGE 7 1 8 Royal Copenhagen PIGEON DOVE FIGURINE 3510 MINT
superb rare vintage 7 1 8 royal copenhagen pigeon dove figurine 3510 mint
$74.99
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RARE Antique Royal Doulton The Hinged Parasol HN 1578 issued 1930 1940
rare antique royal doulton the hinged parasol hn 1578 issued 1930 1940
$550.00
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Royal Copenhagen Rare Figurine 4631 GIRL WITH CAT KITTEN By John Calster Exc
royal copenhagen rare figurine 4631 girl with cat kitten by john calster exc
$65.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FLAMBE COURTSHIP TERNS HN3535 IMAGES OF FIRE COLLECTION
rare royal doulton flambe courtship terns hn3535 images of fire collection
$799.95
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Rare Royal Doulton Bunnykins Figurine DB67 Family Photograph Special Events
rare royal doulton bunnykins figurine db67 family photograph special events
$84.99
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Royal Doulton Miniature Figurine Lot Dainty May M73  M67 RARE Up for ONE WK
royal doulton miniature figurine lot dainty may m73 m67 rare up for one wk
$799.99
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Ware Sairey Gamp Victorian Street Platter
extremely rare royal doulton dickens ware sairey gamp victorian street platter
$64.95
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RARE Royal Doulton White Bull Terrier HN1132 Dog Figurine
rare royal doulton white bull terrier hn1132 dog figurine
$975.00
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VERY RARE VINTAGE PORCELAIN ROYAL DOULTON BIRD BULLFINCH K 31 BRINKMAN ESTATE
very rare vintage porcelain royal doulton bird bullfinch k 31 brinkman estate
$465.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Chlloe M10 Miniature 764558
very rare royal doulton chlloe m10 miniature 764558
$179.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Flambe Egg 3500 Limited
rare royal doulton flambe egg 3500 limited
$50.00
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Royal Doulton Fine Bone China 1960 Sea Shore Boy Figurine Rare Excellent
royal doulton fine bone china 1960 sea shore boy figurine rare excellent
$57.00
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Duncan Royale Civil War Santa 922 Rare 1983
duncan royale civil war santa 922 rare 1983
$145.43
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VINTAGE ROYAL CROWN TWO RABBITS RARE PORCELAIN FIGURINE MADE IN ENGLAND MINT
vintage royal crown two rabbits rare porcelain figurine made in england mint
$40.00
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VINTAGE LARGE D5823 OWD MAC AULD MAC ROYAL DOULTON Toby Mug Jug Pitcher RARE
vintage large d5823 owd mac auld mac royal doulton toby mug jug pitcher rare
$68.99
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VTG ROYAL COPENHAGEN RARE PORCELAIN GIRL WITH BOOK 922 SIGNED CHR THOMSEN MINT
vtg royal copenhagen rare porcelain girl with book 922 signed chr thomsen mint
$132.00
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VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN GIRL BATHING RARE FIGURINE 1229 SIGNED C THOMSEN MINT
vintage royal copenhagen girl bathing rare figurine 1229 signed c thomsen mint
$229.00
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VTG ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK 3 FINCH BIRDS RARE PORCELAIN FIGURINE 1045 MINT
vtg royal copenhagen denmark 3 finch birds rare porcelain figurine 1045 mint
$85.00
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royal doulton pearly girl arriet 325 inch small RARE toby jug mug maroon hat
royal doulton pearly girl arriet 325 inch small rare toby jug mug maroon hat
$3,250.00
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Unique Royal Cup Coffee1896 Mug Black Tan EUC advertisement collectible Rare
unique royal cup coffee1896 mug black tan euc advertisement collectible rare
$0.99
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Figurine Rose HN 1368 EJ
rare and collectible royal doulton figurine rose hn 1368 ej
$30.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Valerie 1952
rare and collectible royal doulton valerie 1952
$60.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Lily Rdno 820502
rare and collectible royal doulton lily rdno 820502
$65.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Dinky Do
rare and collectible royal doulton dinky do
$35.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton The Little Bridesmaid Rdno 760007
rare and collectible royal doulton the little bridesmaid rdno 760007
$295.00
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Royal Doulton Day Dreams Rdno 907474 Rare And Collectible
royal doulton day dreams rdno 907474 rare and collectible
$250.00
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Rare And Collectible Royal Doulton Peggie Davis September 1987 HN3166
rare and collectible royal doulton peggie davis september 1987 hn3166
$95.00
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RARE Dickens Mr Pickwick Relief Pitcher  Royal Doulton Seriesware MINT
rare dickens mr pickwick relief pitcher royal doulton seriesware mint
$179.99
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Rare 1937 Royal Doulon Bunnykins porridge bowlGame of Golf signed
rare 1937 royal doulon bunnykins porridge bowlgame of golf signed
$35.00
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Royal Copenhagen Bird Whistle 404 2992 Vintage 5 Porcelain Figurine Rare Mint
royal copenhagen bird whistle 404 2992 vintage 5 porcelain figurine rare mint
$79.95
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Royal Doulton Clown Figurine Tip Toe HN3293 RARE
royal doulton clown figurine tip toe hn3293 rare
$99.00
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Limoges France Trinket Box  ROYAL FLUSH  ROCHARD  Cards  Gin  Bridge  RARE
limoges france trinket box royal flush rochard cards gin bridge rare
$59.99
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ROYAL CRYSTAL ROCK GANESH MADE IN ITALY 9 TALL NEW BEAUTIFUL VERY RARE
royal crystal rock ganesh made in italy 9 tall new beautiful very rare
$35.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON MIN OLD SALT WITH OPEN ARM HANDLE EXCELLENT CONDITION
rare royal doulton min old salt with open arm handle excellent condition
$50.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Mr Toadflax DBH10 Brambly Hedge RUDE Version
rare royal doulton mr toadflax dbh10 brambly hedge rude version
$365.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Flambe Elephant And Young Figurine HN3548 Red
rare royal doulton flambe elephant and young figurine hn3548 red
$100.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Flambe Elephant and Young HN 3548 Signed and In Box Pristine
rare royal doulton flambe elephant and young hn 3548 signed and in box pristine
$289.00
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R1462 BEAUTIFUL RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE SHARON STYLE 2 HN 3603 SIGNED
r1462 beautiful rare royal doulton figurine sharon style 2 hn 3603 signed
$79.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Lady Figurine Lady Charmian HN 1949 Mint Condition
rare royal doulton lady figurine lady charmian hn 1949 mint condition
$129.95
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Rare Royal Doulton Lady Figurine Best Wishes HN 3971 Mint Condition
rare royal doulton lady figurine best wishes hn 3971 mint condition
$164.95
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Vintage Royal Copley duck roooster chicken planter Stuffed Animal line RARE
vintage royal copley duck roooster chicken planter stuffed animal line rare
$29.59
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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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ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK  4531 SEPTEMBER SCHOOL GIRL FIGURINE 7 RARE MINT
royal copenhagen denmark 4531 september school girl figurine 7 rare mint
$99.95
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VERY RARE Royal Douton Bulldog Draped in Union Jack with Hat  Cigar 7 half
very rare royal douton bulldog draped in union jack with hat cigar 7 half
$1,995.00
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VINTAGE LARGE D5823 OWD MAC AULD MAC ROYAL DOULTON Toby Mug Jug Pitcher RARE
vintage large d5823 owd mac auld mac royal doulton toby mug jug pitcher rare
$149.99
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Royal Doulton HN1140 Daschund Dog Figurine Rare Item10 Up for 2 weeks only
royal doulton hn1140 daschund dog figurine rare item10 up for 2 weeks only
$424.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN COMMEMORATIVE PLATE 1906 KING FREDERIK VIII PLAQUE RARE
royal copenhagen commemorative plate 1906 king frederik viii plaque rare
$49.99
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RARE VINTAGE Royal Doulton Figurine Delicia HN 1662 Ret 1938 L Harradine
rare vintage royal doulton figurine delicia hn 1662 ret 1938 l harradine
$499.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND RARE FIGURINE HN 2016 THE JESTER MINT
royal doulton england rare figurine hn 2016 the jester mint
$119.00
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Antique ROYAL DOULTON Rare Figurine Miranda HN 1818 Harradine Beauty 3250 List
antique royal doulton rare figurine miranda hn 1818 harradine beauty 3250 list
$1,099.95
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RARE and FINE Vintage Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Full Lace Compote 1969 74
rare and fine vintage royal copenhagen blue fluted full lace compote 1969 74
$295.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Elegance Collection Francoise Excellent Condition
rare royal doulton elegance collection francoise excellent condition
$52.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Elegance Collection Danielle Excellent Condition
rare royal doulton elegance collection danielle excellent condition
$49.99
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RARE 1985 ROYAL DOULTON IMAGES CAREFREE 12 quarter  TALL ELEGANT LADY HN3026
rare 1985 royal doulton images carefree 12 quarter tall elegant lady hn3026
$44.95
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Rare Royal Cauldon England Est 1774 Gads Hill The Home of Charles Dicke
rare royal cauldon england est 1774 gads hill the home of charles dicke
$14.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HARRIET HN 3177 RARE
royal doulton figurine harriet hn 3177 rare
$145.00
quality
Royal Doulton Vintage RARE Pitcher O The Gallant Fishermans Life England
royal doulton vintage rare pitcher o the gallant fishermans life england
$64.99
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1905 Royal Copenhagen Memorial plate DEN JYDSKE Arnold Krog RARE Horse
1905 royal copenhagen memorial plate den jydske arnold krog rare horse
$125.00
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VERY RARE 1937 Royal Copenhagen Nude Boy Covered in Curtain No 3505 Signed
very rare 1937 royal copenhagen nude boy covered in curtain no 3505 signed
$359.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Sweet Maid HN 2092 Perfect and Rare
royal doulton figurine sweet maid hn 2092 perfect and rare
$199.00
quality
Royal Doulton Figurine Holly HN3647 Mint and Rare
royal doulton figurine holly hn3647 mint and rare
$89.99
quality
Royal Doulton Greta Figurine HN1485 Old Rare and in Perfect Condition
royal doulton greta figurine hn1485 old rare and in perfect condition
$99.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Ellen HN 3020 Perfect and Rare
royal doulton figurine ellen hn 3020 perfect and rare
$189.00
quality
Royal Doulton Figurine Day Dreams HN1731 Figure Rare With Bouquet Of 12 Roses
royal doulton figurine day dreams hn1731 figure rare with bouquet of 12 roses
$119.99
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Royal Doulton Chloe Figurine RN764558 Rare HN1765 Up for ONE LAST WEEK
royal doulton chloe figurine rn764558 rare hn1765 up for one last week
$264.99
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LOW PRICE 4 Royal Ivory Plates King George  Queen Elizabeth 1939 US Visit RARE
low price 4 royal ivory plates king george queen elizabeth 1939 us visit rare
$99.99
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Royal Doulton Classic Art Nouveau Vase Signed Maud Bowden Rare Blue Glazes
royal doulton classic art nouveau vase signed maud bowden rare blue glazes
$199.00
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RARE Royal Doulton running terrier character dog HN2510 Jack Russell Fox terrier
rare royal doulton running terrier character dog hn2510 jack russell fox terrier
$279.00
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RARE Original ca1950 KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Vintage Advertising Poster
rare original ca1950 klm royal dutch airlines vintage advertising poster
$99.99
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RARE ROYAL FAMILY YEARBOOK 1982 TREVOR HALL PRINCESS DIANA Prince William EUC
rare royal family yearbook 1982 trevor hall princess diana prince william euc
$21.99
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ROYAL DOULTON REFLECTIONS FIGURINE HN 1847 VERY VERY RARE COLLECTABLES
royal doulton reflections figurine hn 1847 very very rare collectables
$1,050.00
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RARE SIGNED  DATED Royal Doulton Figure of the Year Deborah 1995 HN 3644
rare signed dated royal doulton figure of the year deborah 1995 hn 3644
$85.00
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RARE Spectacular Royal Doulton Figurine Flowers of Love Camellias
rare spectacular royal doulton figurine flowers of love camellias
$150.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Wildfowl Hand painted Collection Mallard Female Duck Figurine
rare royal doulton wildfowl hand painted collection mallard female duck figurine
$20.00
quality
RARE Federal Housewares Royal Chrome 5332a 1 half qt colonial casserol bakelite
rare federal housewares royal chrome 5332a 1 half qt colonial casserol bakelite
$68.00
quality
RARE VHTF Disney Direct Pin Set Cinderella Rags to Royal Card 4 Pin Set LE OC
rare vhtf disney direct pin set cinderella rags to royal card 4 pin set le oc
$125.00
quality
VINTAGE ROYAL CROWN A2 PROGRESS COOLER COCA COLA 7UP RARE MAKE AN OFFER
vintage royal crown a2 progress cooler coca cola 7up rare make an offer
$399.99
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RARE Royal Doulton THE BATHER HN 687 Porcelain Figurine Vintage Nude Art Deco
rare royal doulton the bather hn 687 porcelain figurine vintage nude art deco
$399.99
quality
VINTAGE ROYAL CROWN ATLAS 18 COOLER COCA COLA 7UP RARE MAKE AN OFFER
vintage royal crown atlas 18 cooler coca cola 7up rare make an offer
$499.99
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RARE Antique Royal Copenhagen GREENLAND INUIT FIGURINE 12225 Gronland Figure
rare antique royal copenhagen greenland inuit figurine 12225 gronland figure
$999.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton MrPickwick Bust D 6049 England Mini Bust 3316
rare vintage royal doulton mrpickwick bust d 6049 england mini bust 3316
$29.66
quality
DANISH ALUMINIA ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLAQUETTE FREDERIKSBERG KIRKE 1948 RARE
danish aluminia royal copenhagen plaquette frederiksberg kirke 1948 rare
$30.00
quality
RARE BULGARIAN CROSS ROYAL ORDER FOR MILITARY MERIT 5 cl 1933 KING BORIS III
rare bulgarian cross royal order for military merit 5 cl 1933 king boris iii
$245.00
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RARE BULGARIAN CROSS ROYAL ORDER FOR MILITARY MERIT 6 cl 1933 KING BORIS III
rare bulgarian cross royal order for military merit 6 cl 1933 king boris iii
$120.00
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RARE BULGARIAN KNIGHTS CROSS ROYAL ORDER FOR MILITARY MERIT 5 cl 1933 w HONORS
rare bulgarian knights cross royal order for military merit 5 cl 1933 w honors
$315.00
quality
RARE and Authentic Edvard Eriksen Sculp Royal Copenhagen Mermaid Figure RARE
rare and authentic edvard eriksen sculp royal copenhagen mermaid figure rare
$35.00
quality
RARE BULGARIAN ROYAL MILITARY SILVER ORDER FOR MERIT 3 rd EMISSION FERDINAND I
rare bulgarian royal military silver order for merit 3 rd emission ferdinand i
$140.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON RARE TOOTHLESS GRANNY CHARACTER JUG
royal doulton rare toothless granny character jug
$299.00
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Crown Royal XR Red COMPLETE bottle bag box and sleeve rare Full
crown royal xr red complete bottle bag box and sleeve rare full
$200.00
quality
RARE VHTF Disney Pin WDCC Royal Couples Snow White and Prince LE
rare vhtf disney pin wdcc royal couples snow white and prince le
$154.50
quality
RARE VHTF Disney Pin WDCC Royal Couples Aurora and Phillip LE Sleeping Beauty
rare vhtf disney pin wdcc royal couples aurora and phillip le sleeping beauty
$164.50
quality
HOLY ROYAL ARCH Old MASONIC 1870s MYSTIC SYMBOLS RITUAL APRON Rare ORNATE SPIRIT
holy royal arch old masonic 1870s mystic symbols ritual apron rare ornate spirit
$119.99
quality
RARE VHTF Disney Pin WDCC Royal Couples Belle  Beast LE
rare vhtf disney pin wdcc royal couples belle beast le
$166.95
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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