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Royal Doulton Figurine Autumn Rare
royal doulton figurine autumn rare
$200.00
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Rare Old Historical Royal Doulton Plate SHE FINDS EXERCISE DOESNT IMPROVE HER
rare old historical royal doulton plate she finds exercise doesnt improve her
$43.99
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FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER Rare Royal Doulton Large Charactor Toby Jug D7052
frankenstein monster rare royal doulton large charactor toby jug d7052
$150.00
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Vintage Royal Copenhagen rare ladybug girl figure 044 6
vintage royal copenhagen rare ladybug girl figure 044 6
$25.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen FAUN Playing Pan Flute Figurine Christian Thomsen 1736
rare royal copenhagen faun playing pan flute figurine christian thomsen 1736
$199.95
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RARE Royal Doulton Vintage First year issue Kimberley HN3379 Lady with Cat Blue
rare royal doulton vintage first year issue kimberley hn3379 lady with cat blue
$39.99
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RARE Royal Copenhagen FAUN with Parrot Porcelain Figurine Christian Thomsen 752
rare royal copenhagen faun with parrot porcelain figurine christian thomsen 752
$225.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Dux Bohemia Czechoslovakia Porcelain Macaw Parrot 16 x 8
rare vintage royal dux bohemia czechoslovakia porcelain macaw parrot 16 x 8
$260.00
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Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Landscape Wall Plaque Exceptional WorkSee RARE
royal copenhagen porcelain landscape wall plaque exceptional worksee rare
$1,799.00
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Royal Doulton ONE OF A KIND INK WELL  TRAY Christmas 1904 By FLORRIE JONES RARE
royal doulton one of a kind ink well tray christmas 1904 by florrie jones rare
$500.00
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Rare Royal Crownford Cornwall England canister container Morning Glories
rare royal crownford cornwall england canister container morning glories
$29.99
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Royal Doulton Toby Character Jug Fat Boy Rare 3 1 8 tall
royal doulton toby character jug fat boy rare 3 1 8 tall
$125.00
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Vtg Royal Doulton Rare Touchdown Bunnykins Football 1984 Orig Box NEW Old Stock
vtg royal doulton rare touchdown bunnykins football 1984 orig box new old stock
$24.99
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Royal Copenhagen Knud Khyn KK Monkey Ape Stoneware Figurine 20133 Rare
royal copenhagen knud khyn kk monkey ape stoneware figurine 20133 rare
$450.00
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Vintage RARE 1985 Enesco Gazebo Music Box Royals Dancing Emperors Waltz 12 3 8
vintage rare 1985 enesco gazebo music box royals dancing emperors waltz 12 3 8
$149.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE GEORGIANA HN 2093 LIMITED PRODUCTION RARE COLLECTIBLE
royal doulton figurine georgiana hn 2093 limited production rare collectible
$459.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN SLEEPING BARN OWL PORCELAIN FIGURINE 273 RARE 875 INCHES
royal copenhagen sleeping barn owl porcelain figurine 273 rare 875 inches
$395.00
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Nice Rare Vtg 7 ROYAL DOULTON Figurine VICTORIA HN 2471 Red Pink Dress
nice rare vtg 7 royal doulton figurine victoria hn 2471 red pink dress
$49.99
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Nice Rare Vtg 8 ROYAL DOULTON Figurine DEBORAH HN 3644 Pink Yellow Dress
nice rare vtg 8 royal doulton figurine deborah hn 3644 pink yellow dress
$49.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Bulldog with Helmet  Haversack Old Bill
rare royal doulton bulldog with helmet haversack old bill
$975.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Votes For Women HN2816 Figurine As Is
rare royal doulton votes for women hn2816 figurine as is
$78.81
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ROYAL DOULTON Janet HN1538 Retired 1949 Rare Color
royal doulton janet hn1538 retired 1949 rare color
$295.00
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RARE 1992 DUNCAN ROYALE SIR CHRISTMAS LTD ED HISTORY OF SANTA 3 TREE ORNAMENT
rare 1992 duncan royale sir christmas ltd ed history of santa 3 tree ornament
$8.99
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RARE 1992 DUNCAN ROYALE FRAU HOLDA LTD ED HISTORY OF SANTA 3 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
rare 1992 duncan royale frau holda ltd ed history of santa 3 christmas ornament
$8.99
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RARE 1992 DUNCAN ROYALE MONGOLIAN LTD ED HISTORY OF SANTA 3 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
rare 1992 duncan royale mongolian ltd ed history of santa 3 christmas ornament
$8.99
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RARE 1992 DUNCAN ROYALE THE PIXIE LTD ED HISTORY OF SANTA 3 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
rare 1992 duncan royale the pixie ltd ed history of santa 3 christmas ornament
$8.99
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RARE 1986 DUNCAN ROYALE PEWTER ODIN LIMITED ED HISTORY OF SANTA 3 CHRISTMAS
rare 1986 duncan royale pewter odin limited ed history of santa 3 christmas
$8.99
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RARE 1992 DUNCAN ROYALE ALSACE LTD ED HISTORY OF SANTA 3 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
rare 1992 duncan royale alsace ltd ed history of santa 3 christmas ornament
$8.99
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RARE 1992 DUNCAN ROYALE BABOUSKA LTD ED HISTORY OF SANTA 3 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
rare 1992 duncan royale babouska ltd ed history of santa 3 christmas ornament
$8.99
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RARE 1992 DUNCAN ROYALE MAGI LTD ED HISTORY OF SANTA 3 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
rare 1992 duncan royale magi ltd ed history of santa 3 christmas ornament
$8.99
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RARE 1992 DUNCAN ROYALE RED MAGI LTD ED HISTORY OF SANTA 3 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
rare 1992 duncan royale red magi ltd ed history of santa 3 christmas ornament
$8.99
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RARE 1992 DUNCAN ROYALE BLUE MAGI LTD ED HISTORY OF SANTA 3 CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
rare 1992 duncan royale blue magi ltd ed history of santa 3 christmas ornament
$8.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON IMAGES THE GRADUATESIGNED FIGURINE EXCELLENT
rare royal doulton images the graduatesigned figurine excellent
$110.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Monica HN 1467 Porcelain Figurine HN1467 Signed 425 Blue
rare royal doulton monica hn 1467 porcelain figurine hn1467 signed 425 blue
$174.99
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Aladdins Genie Royal Doulton Flambe Character Toby Jug D6971 ULTRA RARE
aladdins genie royal doulton flambe character toby jug d6971 ultra rare
$619.00
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Rare Hand Signed Royal Doulton Jane Hisseys Old Bear  Friends Dont Worry EUC
rare hand signed royal doulton jane hisseys old bear friends dont worry euc
$21.96
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NIB Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge Autumn 8 Plate Dish Jill Barklem Mint RARE
nib royal doulton brambly hedge autumn 8 plate dish jill barklem mint rare
$63.69
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RARE Vintage Royal Doulton Toby Mug Old King Cole 325 tall Retired
rare vintage royal doulton toby mug old king cole 325 tall retired
$49.99
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1CROWN ROYAL SPECIAL RESERVE 1LRARE SIZE BOTTLE W CAP EMPTY
1crown royal special reserve 1lrare size bottle w cap empty
$49.98
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Rare 1988 Royal Doulton City Gent Large Size Toby Mug D6815 Perfect condition
rare 1988 royal doulton city gent large size toby mug d6815 perfect condition
$49.99
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NEAT ROYALS  ROYAL CHEF  ROYAL SCRIBE Salt and Pepper Shakers 1921 41RARE
neat royals royal chef royal scribe salt and pepper shakers 1921 41rare
$32.00
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Rare Vintage Otagiri Fine Porcelain Blue Royal Bell Birds Cobalt Color Oriental
rare vintage otagiri fine porcelain blue royal bell birds cobalt color oriental
$19.00
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RARE VINTAGE 2 CANADA SOUVENIR PLATES Made By Royal Winton England
rare vintage 2 canada souvenir plates made by royal winton england
$7.00
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Royal doulton figurines rare Noel 1999 NH 4084
royal doulton figurines rare noel 1999 nh 4084
$49.00
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MIKE HAGEL COLLECTOR PLATE ROYAL MANOR PORCELAIN CHINA RARE  THE PET SHOP
mike hagel collector plate royal manor porcelain china rare the pet shop
$19.99
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Rare 2012 20 oz Royal Caribbean Coca Cola Santa Tumbler
rare 2012 20 oz royal caribbean coca cola santa tumbler
$4.99
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Royal Doulton Old Balloon Seller mini rabbit timble  plate rare unpainted
royal doulton old balloon seller mini rabbit timble plate rare unpainted
$260.00
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VINTAGE RARE ROYAL CROWN CHARLIE CHAPLIN PORCELAIN STATUE CERAMIC TYPE FIGURINE
vintage rare royal crown charlie chaplin porcelain statue ceramic type figurine
$26.46
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1982 Royal Doulton Jug Mug Large 7 Fireman D6697 rare vintage
1982 royal doulton jug mug large 7 fireman d6697 rare vintage
$39.99
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Faberge Trinket Box Jewel Studded Crystals Royal Blue Awesome Details SHOE RARE
faberge trinket box jewel studded crystals royal blue awesome details shoe rare
$59.99
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Vintage 1957 ROYAL DOULTON Figurine SWEET SIXTEEN HN2231 Rare Retired MINT
vintage 1957 royal doulton figurine sweet sixteen hn2231 rare retired mint
$337.50
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Royal Doulton Figurine The Old King HN2134 Large 10 Charles J Noke RARE
royal doulton figurine the old king hn2134 large 10 charles j noke rare
$199.99
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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG D6554 OLD SALT 4 TALL 1960 VERY RARE
vintage royal doulton toby jug d6554 old salt 4 tall 1960 very rare
$24.99
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RARE Duncan Royale Calendar Secrets September Statute 14 Woman carries a basket
rare duncan royale calendar secrets september statute 14 woman carries a basket
$250.00
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RARE Duncan Royale Calendar Secrets June Statute 12 Juno the wife of Jupiter
rare duncan royale calendar secrets june statute 12 juno the wife of jupiter
$250.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine Lamp The Captain HN2260 w Original Shade
rare vintage royal doulton figurine lamp the captain hn2260 w original shade
$449.00
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Autumn Breezes Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies Collection Figurine RARE
autumn breezes royal doulton pretty ladies collection figurine rare
$159.00
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Rare Royal Grafton Rural Cottage Rose Cottage Plate 1 in a four set series
rare royal grafton rural cottage rose cottage plate 1 in a four set series
$7.00
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LARGE ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER JUG GRANNY D5521 RARE
large royal doulton character jug granny d5521 rare
$59.00
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Christmas Plate 1972 Royal Rockwood Limited Edition Christmas 8 1 3 Dia Rare
christmas plate 1972 royal rockwood limited edition christmas 8 1 3 dia rare
$14.00
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Mondays Child Girl Cup Mug Royal Worcester Bone China Hand Painted NICE RARE
mondays child girl cup mug royal worcester bone china hand painted nice rare
$14.99
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Royal Doulton Collector Plate THE DOCTOR RARE COLORS 1909 1914 ONLY
royal doulton collector plate the doctor rare colors 1909 1914 only
$175.00
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1954 ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS CUP RARE CASINO SHAPE ROCKING HORSE PATTERN
1954 royal doulton bunnykins cup rare casino shape rocking horse pattern
$11.00
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1997 Royal Copenhagen Annual Blue  White Porcelain Christmas Drop Ornament Rare
1997 royal copenhagen annual blue white porcelain christmas drop ornament rare
$28.49
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Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware tray Fat Boy D 6327
rare royal doulton dickens series ware tray fat boy d 6327
$135.00
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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
$99.87
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RARE Royal Doulton Vintage Retired White Persian Cat 1867 Large 8 Tall
rare royal doulton vintage retired white persian cat 1867 large 8 tall
$105.87
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Rare 4 Tall Gray Striped Royal Doulton Seated Cat Figurine
rare 4 tall gray striped royal doulton seated cat figurine
$69.87
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON Once Upon A Time HN2047 Near Mint
rare royal doulton once upon a time hn2047 near mint
$120.00
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Royal Doulton Guardsman Small Jug D6575 1962 RARE
royal doulton guardsman small jug d6575 1962 rare
$34.99
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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER JUG ROBIN HOOD D6534 SMALL 4 1959 RARE
vintage royal doulton character jug robin hood d6534 small 4 1959 rare
$29.99
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RARE with NO HN  1932 1945 ROYAL DOULTON BONE CHINA FIGURINE IVY ENGLAND HN1768
rare with no hn 1932 1945 royal doulton bone china figurine ivy england hn1768
$44.50
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SUPER RARE antique Royal Doulton Autumn Breezes signature editionnice  T287
super rare antique royal doulton autumn breezes signature editionnice t287
$99.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Monica HN 1467 Porcelain Figurine HN1467 Signed 425 Blue
rare royal doulton monica hn 1467 porcelain figurine hn1467 signed 425 blue
$95.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Bone China Olde English Sheep Dog Figurine
rare royal doulton bone china olde english sheep dog figurine
$129.99
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RETIRED RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE  HN 2016 THE JESTER HARLEQUIN
retired rare royal doulton figurine hn 2016 the jester harlequin
$90.00
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MINT RETIRED RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE  HN2015  BLUE BEARD
mint retired rare royal doulton figurine hn2015 blue beard
$65.00
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RARE Vintage O  EG Royal Austria SALT  PEPPER Shakers Oscar  Edgar Gutherz
rare vintage o eg royal austria salt pepper shakers oscar edgar gutherz
$23.00
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON Round Globe Ball Bank BUNNYKINS The puppet show
rare royal doulton round globe ball bank bunnykins the puppet show
$22.99
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RARE Vintage Royal Crown Mug Cancer Zodiac Footed Pedestal
rare vintage royal crown mug cancer zodiac footed pedestal
$22.99
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Exquisite RARE Royal Rudolstadt RW Germany HandPainted Pitcher Vase Tulip Handle
exquisite rare royal rudolstadt rw germany handpainted pitcher vase tulip handle
$19.95
quality
TWO Royal Copenhagen Denmark Rare Collector Plate Wiesbaden Germany EUC
two royal copenhagen denmark rare collector plate wiesbaden germany euc
$24.99
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Confucius Royal Doulton Flambe Character Toby Jug Yin Yang D7003 ULTRA RARE
confucius royal doulton flambe character toby jug yin yang d7003 ultra rare
$619.00
quality
BEAUTIFUL ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS PLATE 1943 VERY RARE
beautiful royal copenhagen christmas plate 1943 very rare
$359.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE THE GRADUATE MALE HN 3017 PERFECT
rare royal doulton figurine the graduate male hn 3017 perfect
$48.99
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Rare Antique English Royal Doulton Adelaide 5 Tall Cream Pitcher No 251612
rare antique english royal doulton adelaide 5 tall cream pitcher no 251612
$24.00
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Royal Doulton Bonjour HN1888 Bone China 1941 Fig 725 EXTREMELY RARE
royal doulton bonjour hn1888 bone china 1941 fig 725 extremely rare
$500.00
quality
Royal Doulton Large Lord Nelson Mug Jug D6336 RARE 1951
royal doulton large lord nelson mug jug d6336 rare 1951
$55.00
quality
Royal Doulton Large The Antique Dealer D6807 Limited Editiln 5000 RARE
royal doulton large the antique dealer d6807 limited editiln 5000 rare
$55.00
quality
Royal Doulton Oddsize Buzz Fuzz Mug Jug Registered In Australia RARE Version
royal doulton oddsize buzz fuzz mug jug registered in australia rare version
$50.00
quality
RARE COLLECTABLE PLATE MONCHENGLADBACH RHEYDT ROYAL COPENHAGEN SIGNED BY ARTIST
rare collectable plate monchengladbach rheydt royal copenhagen signed by artist
$14.00
quality
Lovely Rare Royal Doulton HN1859 Tildy Figurine 1934 36
lovely rare royal doulton hn1859 tildy figurine 1934 36
$595.00
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RARE1ST EDITION SIGNED BG 1989 ROYAL COPENHAGEN SANTA CLAUS PLATE DENMARK A+L
rare1st edition signed bg 1989 royal copenhagen santa claus plate denmark a+l
$31.55
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Libya Kingdom 1959 Royal Wedding Price Hassan Son of King Idris Rare FDC 448
libya kingdom 1959 royal wedding price hassan son of king idris rare fdc 448
$49.99
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River Class Destroyers Of The Royal Candian Navy Rare Buttery Macpherson
river class destroyers of the royal candian navy rare buttery macpherson
$20.00
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Vintage Royal Sealy Lamb Sheep RARE Cookie Jar
vintage royal sealy lamb sheep rare cookie jar
$69.95
quality
Royal Bulgarian Soldiers Cross Order for Bravery 4th Class Rare Emission 1912
royal bulgarian soldiers cross order for bravery 4th class rare emission 1912
$59.00
quality
WWI Rare Bulgarian Royal Badge For Good Shooting Ferdinand Emission
wwi rare bulgarian royal badge for good shooting ferdinand emission
$86.00
quality
RARE 1937 ROYAL WINTON GRIMWADES KING GEORGE VI CORONATION TOBY JUG CREAMER
rare 1937 royal winton grimwades king george vi coronation toby jug creamer
$70.00
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THE GROWLER ROYAL MONTREAL REGIMENT TRENCH NEWSPAPER Jan1 1916 RARE 5518G
the growler royal montreal regiment trench newspaper jan1 1916 rare 5518g
$27.25
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN MINI CAT COLLECTION 684 FELIX FUZZY AND FLEUR FIGURINE
rare royal copenhagen mini cat collection 684 felix fuzzy and fleur figurine
$121.90
quality
Royal Doulton Rare Cocker Spaniel Standing HN1002 LARGE SIZE HN 1002
royal doulton rare cocker spaniel standing hn1002 large size hn 1002
$29.99
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Department 56 Dickens 56 5584 0 5584 0 Theatre Royale RARE 1992 Edition NEW OB
department 56 dickens 56 5584 0 5584 0 theatre royale rare 1992 edition new ob
$79.99
quality
1025 ROYAL CUSTOM FORGED D2 STEEL HUNTING SKINNING CAMPING RARE KNIFE
1025 royal custom forged d2 steel hunting skinning camping rare knife
$39.00
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Royal Custom Forged RARE Tracker Ulu Hunting Full Tang Skinning Camping Knife
royal custom forged rare tracker ulu hunting full tang skinning camping knife
$149.00
quality
Rare Royal Copenhagen ALUMINIA ANTIQUE 1916 Danish Plate DANMARK VOR MODER
rare royal copenhagen aluminia antique 1916 danish plate danmark vor moder
$49.00
quality
Thai Royal Barge Suphannahong boat 5 Candle Holder Bell Brass Menora VTG Rare
thai royal barge suphannahong boat 5 candle holder bell brass menora vtg rare
$65.99
quality
Royal Flush playing cards Brown  Bigelow Pheasant VIntage Rare 1947 Sealed
royal flush playing cards brown bigelow pheasant vintage rare 1947 sealed
$49.99
quality
1930S RARE ROYAL DOULTON HN1537 JANET PORCELAIN ENGLAND POTTED BY DOULTON
1930s rare royal doulton hn1537 janet porcelain england potted by doulton
$99.99
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Rare Large Vintage c1940 RC Royal Crown Cola Soda Pop 54 Embossed Metal Sign
rare large vintage c1940 rc royal crown cola soda pop 54 embossed metal sign
$76.00
quality
Rare Large Vintage 1940s RC Royal Crown Cola Soda Pop 54 Embossed Metal Sign
rare large vintage 1940s rc royal crown cola soda pop 54 embossed metal sign
$108.39
quality
OLD RARE Disney pin WDW Cinderella Royal Table Breakfast Series Mouse
old rare disney pin wdw cinderella royal table breakfast series mouse
$39.99
quality
Royal Doulton Figurine Janice HN 2022 Mint and Rare
royal doulton figurine janice hn 2022 mint and rare
$90.00
quality
Rare Vintage c1940 RC Royal Crown Cola Soda Pop 2 Sided 24 Metal Sign W Bracket
rare vintage c1940 rc royal crown cola soda pop 2 sided 24 metal sign w bracket
$202.50
quality
Christopher Radko Royal Shine Finial Christmas Tree Topper Rare
christopher radko royal shine finial christmas tree topper rare
$20.00
quality
Royal Doulton Character Jug RARE The Wizard Flambe 84 250
royal doulton character jug rare the wizard flambe 84 250
$299.00
quality
Rare Fur Trade English Royal Arms Jesuit Cross Lion Unicorn Copper Medal Gorget
rare fur trade english royal arms jesuit cross lion unicorn copper medal gorget
$675.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Les Saisons Ete Summer HN3067 99 300 mint w orig box COA
rare royal doulton les saisons ete summer hn3067 99 300 mint w orig box coa
$1,000.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Les Saisons Automne Autumn HN3068 Original BOX Ltd ed MINT
rare royal doulton les saisons automne autumn hn3068 original box ltd ed mint
$1,000.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Les Saisons Hiver Winter HN3069 Orig BOX Mint Ltd ed of 300
rare royal doulton les saisons hiver winter hn3069 orig box mint ltd ed of 300
$1,000.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Les Saisons Printemps Spring HN3066 Original BOX MINT w coa
rare royal doulton les saisons printemps spring hn3066 original box mint w coa
$1,000.00
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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