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ROYAL DOULTON old charley RARE 35
royal doulton old charley rare 35
$19.95
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Rare Royal Albert Beatrix Potter Teapot Bone China 1988
rare royal albert beatrix potter teapot bone china 1988
$20.00
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RARE Miniature Royal Doulton Sweet  Twenty Figurine HN1610 3 inch
rare miniature royal doulton sweet twenty figurine hn1610 3 inch
$194.88
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine IN THE STOCKS HN 2163 Ret 1959 MINT M NICOLL
rare royal doulton figurine in the stocks hn 2163 ret 1959 mint m nicoll
$499.00
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RARE COLLECTABLE PLATE THE ROYAL FAMILY
rare collectable plate the royal family
$5.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Hazel Figurine HN 1797
royal doulton rare hazel figurine hn 1797
$623.00
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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
$24.99
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Royal Worcester Figurine Sweet Rose petite and rare
royal worcester figurine sweet rose petite and rare
$45.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE CAVALIER HN 2716 MINT
rare royal doulton figurine cavalier hn 2716 mint
$134.99
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Christmas Dept 56 Dickens Village Theatre Royal Lights Up 89 Hand Painted Rare
christmas dept 56 dickens village theatre royal lights up 89 hand painted rare
$19.99
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Royal Norfolk Rare Coffee Mug Classy And Sassy Very Rare Vintage
royal norfolk rare coffee mug classy and sassy very rare vintage
$22.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Character Jug The Poacher D6781 Variation 2
rare royal doulton character jug the poacher d6781 variation 2
$150.00
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Royal Doulton figurine THE PIPER HN 3444 EXCELLENT VERY VERY RARE BUY NOW
royal doulton figurine the piper hn 3444 excellent very very rare buy now
$328.02
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN ORIENTAL DANCING FIGURINE NICE NR
rare royal copenhagen oriental dancing figurine nice nr
$127.50
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Paasken 1916 Royal Copenhagen Christmas Very Rare Plate
paasken 1916 royal copenhagen christmas very rare plate
$29.99
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Royal Copenhagen Set of 2 Dog Figurines in perfect condition  Very Rare
royal copenhagen set of 2 dog figurines in perfect condition very rare
$179.00
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Royal Copenhagen 7 Exotic Floral Vase 2822 3547 Unusual Gourd Shape Rare Motif
royal copenhagen 7 exotic floral vase 2822 3547 unusual gourd shape rare motif
$19.95
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Original LARGE Royal Doulton FLEUR Rare Colorway
original large royal doulton fleur rare colorway
$125.50
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Rare Royal Doulton Parson Brown Large Pitcher Jug England A Mark
rare royal doulton parson brown large pitcher jug england a mark
$39.99
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Rare Vintage Bone China Pink Flower Shoe With Navy Blue Royal Seal Japan Sticker
rare vintage bone china pink flower shoe with navy blue royal seal japan sticker
$11.00
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2000 ROYAL ALBERT BONE CHINA CALENDAR PLATE SIGNED 105 RARE TO FINE
2000 royal albert bone china calendar plate signed 105 rare to fine
$24.37
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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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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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RARE Vintage ROYAL WESSEX ENGLAND BLUE WILLOW CHOP PLATE PLATTER
rare vintage royal wessex england blue willow chop plate platter
$22.95
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Rare Royal Doulton The Lawyer Toby Jug Table Cigarette Lighter D6524 Sweet
rare royal doulton the lawyer toby jug table cigarette lighter d6524 sweet
$140.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN ERIKSEN THE LITTLE MERMAID OLDER PIECE 3 SMALL VERSION RARE
royal copenhagen eriksen the little mermaid older piece 3 small version rare
$39.99
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VERY VERY RARE ROYAL DOULTON LARGE PROTOTYPE GAOLER EXCELLENT CONDITION
very very rare royal doulton large prototype gaoler excellent condition
$1,200.00
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RARE MINT CONDITION Collectable Royal Haeger USA Floral Design 16 Vase
rare mint condition collectable royal haeger usa floral design 16 vase
$75.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER MUG SIMPLE SIMON D6374 LARGE TOBY JUG
rare royal doulton character mug simple simon d6374 large toby jug
$170.00
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ROYAL DOULTON WINSTON CHURCHILL 1940 character seated Toby jug England Rare 4in
royal doulton winston churchill 1940 character seated toby jug england rare 4in
$29.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS CHILDRENS MUG 2 DESIGNS HARD TO FIND RARE UNIQUE
royal doulton bunnykins childrens mug 2 designs hard to find rare unique
$10.00
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG UGLY DUTCHESS D6603 RARE COLLECTIBLE
royal doulton toby jug ugly dutchess d6603 rare collectible
$195.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SUPER 1930s MATCH STRIKER++TOBACCO CIGARETTE HOLDER
rare royal doulton super 1930s match striker++tobacco cigarette holder
$29.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SERIESWARE JACKDAW OF RHEIMS 15 CHARGER DATED 1939
rare royal doulton seriesware jackdaw of rheims 15 charger dated 1939
$25.00
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RARE COLLECTIBLE WIZARD OF OZ COWARDLY LION DECORATIVE PICTURE FRAME ROYAL GREEN
rare collectible wizard of oz cowardly lion decorative picture frame royal green
$44.99
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1936 Royal Doulton RARE Cereal Bowl
1936 royal doulton rare cereal bowl
$9.99
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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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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SWEET AND TWENTY HN 1298 LARGE ENGLAND DISCONTINUED HARRADINE
rare royal doulton sweet and twenty hn 1298 large england discontinued harradine
$114.99
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Royal Copenhagens 1973 Going Home for Christmas Collectors plate RARE
royal copenhagens 1973 going home for christmas collectors plate rare
$14.00
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Ruysdael  Very Rare Blue ROYAL DOULTON Ship Anchor Wash Bowl Beautiful
ruysdael very rare blue royal doulton ship anchor wash bowl beautiful
$700.00
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RARE  VINTAGE  ROYAL NORFOLK  MUG
rare vintage royal norfolk mug
$15.00
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Norman Rockwell Plate  Puppy Love  1976 2nd Issue Royal Devon Rare
norman rockwell plate puppy love 1976 2nd issue royal devon rare
$55.00
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LARGE Bing  Grondahl 1785 Polar Bear BG Royal Copenhagen Figurine Rare
large bing grondahl 1785 polar bear bg royal copenhagen figurine rare
$180.00
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Very Rare Vintage A Royal Doulton Toby Mug Old Charlie 25 tall
very rare vintage a royal doulton toby mug old charlie 25 tall
$9.99
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Rare Antique ROYAL VIENNA 1890s BEEHIVE Blue White  Gold Porcelain Cup
rare antique royal vienna 1890s beehive blue white gold porcelain cup
$6.50
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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 Royal Copenhagen Plate Commemorate 1897 Marriage of Princess Ingeborg
rare royal copenhagen plate commemorate 1897 marriage of princess ingeborg
$99.99
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Plate Commemorate 1896 Marriage of Princess Louise
rare royal copenhagen plate commemorate 1896 marriage of princess louise
$99.99
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Memorial Plate 1896 The wedding of Prince Carl of Denmark
rare royal copenhagen memorial plate 1896 the wedding of prince carl of denmark
$99.99
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HN5196 Michael Faraday Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn5196 michael faraday royal doulton figurine rare
$199.00
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HN5052 Alexander Graham Bell Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn5052 alexander graham bell royal doulton figurine rare
$199.00
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HN5195 Beethoven Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn5195 beethoven royal doulton figurine rare
$199.00
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HN4653 Michael Doulton Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn4653 michael doulton royal doulton figurine rare
$199.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Boy with Dog Figurine pre 1935
rare royal copenhagen boy with dog figurine pre 1935
$75.00
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RARE Art Deco Royal Rochester Fraunfelter Coffee Pot no plug and sugar bowl
rare art deco royal rochester fraunfelter coffee pot no plug and sugar bowl
$500.00
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ROYAL DOULTON Large KING JOHN Character Toby JUG D7125 Rare Limited 74 1500
royal doulton large king john character toby jug d7125 rare limited 74 1500
$479.99
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ROYAL DOULTON Large THE PIPER Character Toby JUG D6918 Rare Limited 730 2500
royal doulton large the piper character toby jug d6918 rare limited 730 2500
$479.99
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Rare Royal Cauldon England Est 1774 Haddon Hill Antique Plate Perfect
rare royal cauldon england est 1774 haddon hill antique plate perfect
$4.99
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EXTREMELY RARE Set of 2 Royal Copenhagen BiCentenary Collectible Plates Vintage
extremely rare set of 2 royal copenhagen bicentenary collectible plates vintage
$49.95
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Royal Doulton Ruby Exc Windsor Casino HN5760 RARE Lim Ed of 650 signed
royal doulton ruby exc windsor casino hn5760 rare lim ed of 650 signed
$100.00
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Rare Royal Doulton The Mask Seller HN 2103
rare royal doulton the mask seller hn 2103
$215.00
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Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies JULIE Figurine new in box RARE
royal doulton pretty ladies julie figurine new in box rare
$129.00
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RARE VINTAGE 1971 AVON ROYAL SWAN COTILLION COLOGNE NEW IN BOX FREE SHIPPING
rare vintage 1971 avon royal swan cotillion cologne new in box free shipping
$16.99
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RARE Antique 1906 Royal Doulton Burslem England Lapwing Game Bird Plate
rare antique 1906 royal doulton burslem england lapwing game bird plate
$9.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Ltd Ed Queen Victoria Character Toby Jug Large Size
rare royal doulton ltd ed queen victoria character toby jug large size
$50.00
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Standing Duck Rare Royal Copenhagen Figurine 1941 122
standing duck rare royal copenhagen figurine 1941 122
$40.00
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Lobster Fisher Man 2317 Rare Original Hand Made Painted Royal Doulton Figure
lobster fisher man 2317 rare original hand made painted royal doulton figure
$49.95
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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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Duncan Royale Calendar Secrets January Limited Edition 1990 Rare
duncan royale calendar secrets january limited edition 1990 rare
$92.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Sam Johnson D6289 Large 625 Toby Mug Jug England 1949
rare royal doulton sam johnson d6289 large 625 toby mug jug england 1949
$75.00
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VERY RARE Royal Doulton Buz Fuz Table Lighter 425 Tall Made in England
very rare royal doulton buz fuz table lighter 425 tall made in england
$99.99
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON THE JESTER PLATE D6277 RARE
vintage antique royal doulton the jester plate d6277 rare
$40.00
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Vintage Royal Copenhagen 7 Rare Plate Kurhaus Baden Baden Germany Serie 1 1975
vintage royal copenhagen 7 rare plate kurhaus baden baden germany serie 1 1975
$31.50
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Bing Grondahl Porcelain doll Else blue Denmark Perfect
rare royal copenhagen bing grondahl porcelain doll else blue denmark perfect
$75.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Bing Grondahl Porcelain doll Mary  Trine Denmark Perfect
rare royal copenhagen bing grondahl porcelain doll mary trine denmark perfect
$139.00
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Duncan Royale Civil War Santa Figure History of Santa Claus 12 Figure RARE
duncan royale civil war santa figure history of santa claus 12 figure rare
$206.25
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON THE ADMIRAL PLATE D6278 RARE
vintage antique royal doulton the admiral plate d6278 rare
$25.00
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DUNCAN ROYALE FINE PORCELAIN GRAY CLOWN W VIOLIN BOW FIGURINE 10 Rare
duncan royale fine porcelain gray clown w violin bow figurine 10 rare
$10.99
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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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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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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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Vintage Rare Mid Century Modern Royal  Sealy Salt and Pepper Shakers Japan
vintage rare mid century modern royal sealy salt and pepper shakers japan
$15.00
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Early Rare Royal Doulton Easter Day Lady Figurine HN 1976
early rare royal doulton easter day lady figurine hn 1976
$599.95
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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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Rare Vintage Her Majestys Royal Letter Patents Thomas Sevington Basket 313
rare vintage her majestys royal letter patents thomas sevington basket 313
$59.75
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Extremely Rare Small Royal Doulton Discontinued Gladiator Character JugMint
extremely rare small royal doulton discontinued gladiator character jugmint
$40.00
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Vintage 1962 ROYAL DOULTON D6577 Gaoler Rare 4 Character Toby Mug Jug
vintage 1962 royal doulton d6577 gaoler rare 4 character toby mug jug
$29.99
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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 Vtg Ceramic Elf Pixie Gnome Planter Royal Sealy Vtg Elf Pixie Planter WOW
rare vtg ceramic elf pixie gnome planter royal sealy vtg elf pixie planter wow
$7.99
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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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HN5376 Sophie Royal Doulton Figurine Rare Figurine of the year 2010
hn5376 sophie royal doulton figurine rare figurine of the year 2010
$166.66
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RARE ROYAL WESSEX ENGLAND BLUE WILLOW CHOP PLATE PLATTER
rare royal wessex england blue willow chop plate platter
$19.00
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RARE ANTIQUE ART NOUVEAU ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK DANMARK PORCELAIN POPPY VASE
rare antique art nouveau royal copenhagen denmark danmark porcelain poppy vase
$399.99
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ROYAL TARA Ireland HEART SHAPED Trinket Box PINK  YELLOW ROSES Gold Trim RARE
royal tara ireland heart shaped trinket box pink yellow roses gold trim rare
$29.95
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Royal Doulton Toby mug lot Bacchus and Neptune Rare vintage
royal doulton toby mug lot bacchus and neptune rare vintage
$25.99
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RARE 19TH CENTURY SPINNER PENDANT of ROYALS LORD and LADY unknown SOB
rare 19th century spinner pendant of royals lord and lady unknown sob
$49.00
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7 RARE 9 CT GOLD REGIMENTAL BUTTONS FROM THE ROYAL FUSILIERS 34 50 SETS w box
7 rare 9 ct gold regimental buttons from the royal fusiliers 34 50 sets w box
$599.99
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289 Vintage VERY RARE Royal Crown Premium Draft Cola Mirror Sign Frame RC Cola
289 vintage very rare royal crown premium draft cola mirror sign frame rc cola
$69.99
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FOUR COLLECTIBLE ROYAL DOULTON MINIATURE MUGS MADE IN ENGLAND VERY RARE
four collectible royal doulton miniature mugs made in england very rare
$69.99
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DIANA  WILLIAM The Royal Photo Album 2011 RARE
diana william the royal photo album 2011 rare
$28.00
quality
Extremely Rare Royal Doulton Burlem Charlie Chaplin Standing Jug
extremely rare royal doulton burlem charlie chaplin standing jug
$5,000.00
quality
SUPER RARE 1951 Royal Crown RC Pyramid 12 OZ FULLMint
super rare 1951 royal crown rc pyramid 12 oz fullmint
$35.00
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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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Antique English Copper Tobacco Jar Pot Queen Victoria Royal Rare VR Crown
antique english copper tobacco jar pot queen victoria royal rare vr crown
$99.99
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Rare Birks Badge Pin1939 Royal Visit to Canada by King George VI  Qu Eliz
rare birks badge pin1939 royal visit to canada by king george vi qu eliz
$20.00
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Iraq Vintage Queen Alia  King Faisal II Mom  Royal Guard Beret Badge Rare
iraq vintage queen alia king faisal ii mom royal guard beret badge rare
$22.00
quality
Royal Doulton Jug Mug HENRY V D6671 Version 1 FLAG EMBOSSED Rare LG Made 82 84
royal doulton jug mug henry v d6671 version 1 flag embossed rare lg made 82 84
$33.99
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ROYAL MAIL LINE  SPORTS ON BOARD  BOOKLET 1930 RARE VG CONDITION
royal mail line sports on board booklet 1930 rare vg condition
$65.00
quality
Royal Doulton RARE 775 Dickens Fat Boy and Poor Jo Relief Jug Pitcher D6394
royal doulton rare 775 dickens fat boy and poor jo relief jug pitcher d6394
$199.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Honey HN1909 Mint
rare royal doulton figurine honey hn1909 mint
$199.95
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Rare 2008 Disney Showcase Cheshire Cat by Royal Doulton MIB Rare
rare 2008 disney showcase cheshire cat by royal doulton mib rare
$135.00
quality
Vintage And Rare TRUMP COOKIES TIN Ace High Royal Streight Flush Design
vintage and rare trump cookies tin ace high royal streight flush design
$95.00
quality
CHINA AIRLINES TAIWAN VERY RARE COLLECTIBLE NEW SEALED ROYAL PLAYING CARD 1985
china airlines taiwan very rare collectible new sealed royal playing card 1985
$25.00
quality
CHINA AIRLINES TAIWAN VERY RARE COLLECTIBLE NEW SEALED A ROYAL PLAYING CARD 1985
china airlines taiwan very rare collectible new sealed a royal playing card 1985
$35.00
quality
1957 NEHI Royal Crown Cola Advertising pack color poster radio coke soda rare
1957 nehi royal crown cola advertising pack color poster radio coke soda rare
$95.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Version of LIFEGUARD
rare royal doulton version of lifeguard
$849.00
quality
Vintage Royal Dux Grouse Game Bird Bohemia Rare
vintage royal dux grouse game bird bohemia rare
$49.99
quality
ANTIQUE ROYAL BAYREUTH FIGURAL LEMON MILK PITCHER BLUE MARK RARE
antique royal bayreuth figural lemon milk pitcher blue mark rare
$175.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton 9 Flambe Fox Figurine Signed Noke
rare royal doulton 9 flambe fox figurine signed noke
$699.00
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON DOG FIGURINE ALSATIAN GERMAN SHEPHERD HN1117
rare royal doulton dog figurine alsatian german shepherd hn1117
$39.00
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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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