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Black Bear Cub Fig Rare Royal Copenhagen Figurine 21432
black bear cub fig rare royal copenhagen figurine 21432
$50.00
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Harmony Kingdom Friend Of The Royal Watch Toucans RW CC 1998 Mbrs Exc NIB RARE
harmony kingdom friend of the royal watch toucans rw cc 1998 mbrs exc nib rare
$125.00
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Large Black Lion Cat Rare Royal Copenhagen Figurine 21520
large black lion cat rare royal copenhagen figurine 21520
$175.00
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Royal Doulton Kaitlyn Figurine HN 4128 MINT Condition VERY RARE NO RESERVE
royal doulton kaitlyn figurine hn 4128 mint condition very rare no reserve
$18.49
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HN5196 Michael Faraday Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn5196 michael faraday royal doulton figurine rare
$599.00
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HN5195 Beethoven Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn5195 beethoven royal doulton figurine rare
$599.00
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HN4846 The Peacock Butterfly Ladies Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn4846 the peacock butterfly ladies royal doulton figurine rare
$519.00
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HN5306 Balloon Clowns Harlequina Royal Doulton Figurine Very Rare
hn5306 balloon clowns harlequina royal doulton figurine very rare
$599.00
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Vintage Royal Coburg AMELIA  22445 Dinner Plate EXTREMELY RARE FIND EUC
vintage royal coburg amelia 22445 dinner plate extremely rare find euc
$27.99
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HN5308 Balloon Clowns Trickster Royal Doulton Figurine Very Rare
hn5308 balloon clowns trickster royal doulton figurine very rare
$599.00
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VERY Rare Grannys Shawl Royal Doulton HN1647 Figurine 2
very rare grannys shawl royal doulton hn1647 figurine 2
$799.99
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ANTIQUE ROYAL BAYREUTH FIGURAL LEMON MILK PITCHER BLUE MARK RARE
antique royal bayreuth figural lemon milk pitcher blue mark rare
$175.00
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Early Royal Doulton Falstaff Shakespeare Oval Serving Bowl RARE
early royal doulton falstaff shakespeare oval serving bowl rare
$59.99
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1984 Royal Schwabap Holland Coffee Mug Cup Victorian Christmas Rare
1984 royal schwabap holland coffee mug cup victorian christmas rare
$9.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON STORYTIME FIGURINE HN3126 MINT CONDITION
rare royal doulton storytime figurine hn3126 mint condition
$48.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins Plate Santa
rare vintage royal doulton bunnykins plate santa
$29.95
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Rare Royal Doulton Large Snowman Collection Ginger Jar 7 Christmas Holiday
rare royal doulton large snowman collection ginger jar 7 christmas holiday
$529.00
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Royal Doulton Figurines RARE POLLY PEACHUM MINI IN BLUE HN699 Retired 1949
royal doulton figurines rare polly peachum mini in blue hn699 retired 1949
$500.00
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON FINE BONE CHINA LUCKY BLACK CAT
rare vintage royal doulton fine bone china lucky black cat
$64.95
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ROYAL DOULTON RARETHE SHIPMATES COLLECTIONCAPTAINDB319 HAND MADE
royal doulton rarethe shipmates collectioncaptaindb319 hand made
$29.95
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Royal Doulton Ultra Rare William B Travis Character Jug Large Size
royal doulton ultra rare william b travis character jug large size
$1,000.00
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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 Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware Bowl Dickens Characters D 6327
rare royal doulton dickens series ware bowl dickens characters d 6327
$295.00
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Super RARE Royal Doulton Rosebud Crinoline Lady HN 650 Porcelain Figurine
super rare royal doulton rosebud crinoline lady hn 650 porcelain figurine
$1,495.00
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HN5307 Balloon Clowns Joungleur Royal Doulton Figurine Very Rare
hn5307 balloon clowns joungleur royal doulton figurine very rare
$599.00
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RARE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND BLOOD MONEY PLATE C2406 ca1890 1902
rare antique royal doulton england blood money plate c2406 ca1890 1902
$299.99
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Harmony Kingdom Harlequin FROGS The Honeymooners Royal Watch Piece 2004 Rare
harmony kingdom harlequin frogs the honeymooners royal watch piece 2004 rare
$79.99
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Beatrix Potter Royal Albert  Babbity Bumble  RARE NEW
beatrix potter royal albert babbity bumble rare new
$69.99
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Beatrix Potter Royal Albert  Mr McGregor RARE
beatrix potter royal albert mr mcgregor rare
$99.99
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Ultra Rare Admiral Jellico D7229 Large Royal Doulton Character Jug
ultra rare admiral jellico d7229 large royal doulton character jug
$499.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Titanian Ware Bird of Paradise Series Vase Circa 1925
rare royal doulton titanian ware bird of paradise series vase circa 1925
$399.00
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RARE Signed Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter Rebeccah Puddleduck approx 35 tall
rare signed royal doulton beatrix potter rebeccah puddleduck approx 35 tall
$18.99
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ROYAL DOULTON MUG PITCHER ENGLAND VENICE ITALY DESIGN MARKED VINTAGE RARE OLD VN
royal doulton mug pitcher england venice italy design marked vintage rare old vn
$9.99
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ROYAL DOULTON MUG DICKENS WARE SERIES SIGNED TONY WELLER VINTAGE ANTIQUE RARE VN
royal doulton mug dickens ware series signed tony weller vintage antique rare vn
$9.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Titanian Ware Bird of Paradise Series Bowl Circa 1925
rare royal doulton titanian ware bird of paradise series bowl circa 1925
$465.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Regency Beau D6565 Mini Jug Item 5
rare royal doulton regency beau d6565 mini jug item 5
$299.99
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Royal Doulton Womens Figurine M66 Monica Very Rare Up for 2 wks only
royal doulton womens figurine m66 monica very rare up for 2 wks only
$624.99
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Rare Early 1900s Royal Doulton Flower Seller HN789
rare early 1900s royal doulton flower seller hn789
$399.99
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1977 FIRST EDITION GREASE Musical Poster Broadway Royal Theatre RARE  NICE
1977 first edition grease musical poster broadway royal theatre rare nice
$49.99
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Bird Of Paradise Flambe Vase Royal Doulton Archives BA2 Burslem Artwares RARE
bird of paradise flambe vase royal doulton archives ba2 burslem artwares rare
$1,499.25
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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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Royal Worcester 1963 Silver Chantilly Coffee Tea China Cup Vintage Silver Rare
royal worcester 1963 silver chantilly coffee tea china cup vintage silver rare
$15.88
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Rare and Hard To Find Royal Doulton Punch and Judy Man D6593 Small Character Jug
rare and hard to find royal doulton punch and judy man d6593 small character jug
$600.00
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON Finch FLEDGLINS Set of Four 4 Figurines Adorable
rare royal doulton finch fledglins set of four 4 figurines adorable
$520.00
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Royal Copenhagen Vintage Blue Vase with Flowers 353 396 MINT RARE
royal copenhagen vintage blue vase with flowers 353 396 mint rare
$60.00
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Rare Royal Doulton figurine HN 3211 Christening Day girl pink MINT
rare royal doulton figurine hn 3211 christening day girl pink mint
$80.00
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1907 RARE ROYAL DOULTON SAILING SHIPS HAND PAINTED PLATE NUMBERED ANTIQUE
1907 rare royal doulton sailing ships hand painted plate numbered antique
$37.00
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RARE ROYAL BLUE WHITE COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS PLATE JUL 1945
rare royal blue white copenhagen christmas plate jul 1945
$499.99
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RARE Royal Horticultural Society Wooden Tray THE RED MAGDALENE PEACH
rare royal horticultural society wooden tray the red magdalene peach
$24.99
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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
$14.00
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Royal doulton vintage rare plate 6377 Dr JOHNSON AT THE CHESHIRE CHEESE
royal doulton vintage rare plate 6377 dr johnson at the cheshire cheese
$49.99
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RARE NEW 1977 Royal Doulton china COLLECTIBLE plate valentines day new in box
rare new 1977 royal doulton china collectible plate valentines day new in box
$12.99
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ROYAL DOULTON SMALL SANDEMAN DECANTER RARE
royal doulton small sandeman decanter rare
$20.00
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Royal Doulton Cleopatra HN2868 RARE 185 750 Box and papers included
royal doulton cleopatra hn2868 rare 185 750 box and papers included
$999.95
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RARE INGE GLASS CASINO ROYAL BOXED SET NEW
rare inge glass casino royal boxed set new
$9.99
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9 RARE HOLLAND AMERICA LINES WORLD GRAND VOYAGE PLATES ROYAL GOEDEWAAGEN WALL
9 rare holland america lines world grand voyage plates royal goedewaagen wall
$99.95
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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
$100.00
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Vintage Beautiful Rare Royal Doulton England Sam Weller Large Size Toby Mug
vintage beautiful rare royal doulton england sam weller large size toby mug
$29.99
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN2150 WILLY WONT HE Rare Mint Condition
royal doulton figurine hn2150 willy wont he rare mint condition
$500.00
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RARE Brambly Hedge Royal Doulton Full Size TEA POT JILL BARKLEM
rare brambly hedge royal doulton full size tea pot jill barklem
$250.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Large Alsatian Dog Figurine
rare royal doulton large alsatian dog figurine
$49.99
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE GEORGIANA HN 2093 LIMITED PRODUCTION RARE COLLECTIBLE
royal doulton figurine georgiana hn 2093 limited production rare collectible
$699.99
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RARE Brambly Hedge Royal Doulton Full Size COFFEE POT JILL BARKLEM
rare brambly hedge royal doulton full size coffee pot jill barklem
$280.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER JUG WALRUS  THE CARPENTER  MINI D6608 VERY CUTE
rare royal doulton character jug walrus the carpenter mini d6608 very cute
$27.50
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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
$64.95
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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
$69.99
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IMARI COLLECTION BY ROYAL KENDALL JAPANESE VASE RARE VINTAGE
imari collection by royal kendall japanese vase rare vintage
$20.00
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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
$275.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND BONE CHINA COLLECTORS CLUB PLATE TOP OTHE HILL
rare royal doulton england bone china collectors club plate top othe hill
$8.50
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Royal Doulton Groucho Marx Large Toby Jug Rare Prototype
royal doulton groucho marx large toby jug rare prototype
$399.00
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Rare Boy with Turban HN1212 Royal Doulton Figurine By Leslie Harradine
rare boy with turban hn1212 royal doulton figurine by leslie harradine
$950.00
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Green Royal Doulton England Handled Sugar Bowl or Tobacco Jar Rare and Unique
green royal doulton england handled sugar bowl or tobacco jar rare and unique
$44.00
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Royal Doulton The Balloon Sellers OLD WOMAN HN 1315 Rare Stamp Seller Figurine
royal doulton the balloon sellers old woman hn 1315 rare stamp seller figurine
$9.99
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RARE Miniature Royal Doulton Sweet  Twenty Figurine HN1610
rare miniature royal doulton sweet twenty figurine hn1610
$185.88
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DEPT 56 DICKENS VILLAGE HERITAGE Theatre Royal RARE RETIRED
dept 56 dickens village heritage theatre royal rare retired
$15.50
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ROYAL DOULTON Yachtsman special edition only 750 made D6820 33 RARE
royal doulton yachtsman special edition only 750 made d6820 33 rare
$50.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Beefeater Toby Character Mug Jug D6233
rare vintage royal doulton beefeater toby character mug jug d6233
$9.99
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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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Grants 25 Year Old Character Whisky Jug Decorative Box Royal Doulton Very Rare
grants 25 year old character whisky jug decorative box royal doulton very rare
$250.00
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Royal Doulton Ivy Rare vintage  Excellent condition
royal doulton ivy rare vintage excellent condition
$24.95
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Old JAPAN Royal Sealy Porcelain Gilded Footed Covered Dish Trinket Box Rare
old japan royal sealy porcelain gilded footed covered dish trinket box rare
$14.99
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Set 2 ROYAL GRAFTON FINE BONE CHINA MUGS ENGLAND Columbus Landing VERY RARE
set 2 royal grafton fine bone china mugs england columbus landing very rare
$24.80
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The Pride by A dEstrehan 1981 Royal Cornwall VERY RARE PROOF From Edition
the pride by a destrehan 1981 royal cornwall very rare proof from edition
$60.00
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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
$394.50
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SALE RARE ROYAL DOULTON Collector Plate Bone China TOP OTHE HILL SIGNED
sale rare royal doulton collector plate bone china top othe hill signed
$13.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton VERONICA Miniature figurine M64 made in 1937
rare vintage royal doulton veronica miniature figurine m64 made in 1937
$599.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Mr Pickwick Queensware Whisky Flask Dickens Whiskey
rare royal doulton mr pickwick queensware whisky flask dickens whiskey
$459.00
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Moorish Minstrel Royal Doulton Figurine HN 34 Rare Version Highly Sort After
moorish minstrel royal doulton figurine hn 34 rare version highly sort after
$2,750.00
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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 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 Bunnykins Pottery 3 Pc Set Plate Bowl Cup Super nice set HTF Royal Doulton
rare bunnykins pottery 3 pc set plate bowl cup super nice set htf royal doulton
$9.95
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Rare Royal Navy WWII Minesweeper Anti Submarine Pin United Kingdom 1937 1 1 8
rare royal navy wwii minesweeper anti submarine pin united kingdom 1937 1 1 8
$39.99
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Rock  Roll Glass Framed Beer MirrorRoyal Brewing Co New Orleans 1982 RARE
rock roll glass framed beer mirrorroyal brewing co new orleans 1982 rare
$36.00
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Vintage The Big 2 Best In The West RCAF Patch Royal Canadian Air Force VGC Rar
vintage the big 2 best in the west rcaf patch royal canadian air force vgc rar
$22.00
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royal doulton bunnykins  Bedtime Bunnykins  RARE
royal doulton bunnykins bedtime bunnykins rare
$69.99
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TWA Royal Ambassador Glass First Class Service RARE ITEM
twa royal ambassador glass first class service rare item
$24.95
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TWA Royal Ambassador First Class Service Bowl By Rosenthal Germany RARE ITEM
twa royal ambassador first class service bowl by rosenthal germany rare item
$69.99
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Vintage Crown Royal Highball Glass Set of two Rare 1970s era Gold Crown design
vintage crown royal highball glass set of two rare 1970s era gold crown design
$20.00
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RARE 1925 CAST PATTERN ROYAL INNISKILLING FUSILIERS BADGE WITH HACKLE BRACKET
rare 1925 cast pattern royal inniskilling fusiliers badge with hackle bracket
$175.61
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Antique Royal Holland KMD Daalerop pewter 3 minute timer hourglass RARE 517
antique royal holland kmd daalerop pewter 3 minute timer hourglass rare 517
$40.00
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON ROGER SOLEM COBLER PLATE D6302 RARE
vintage antique royal doulton roger solem cobler plate d6302 rare
$29.00
quality
royal doulton bunnykins  Playtime higbees  RARE YELLOW DRESS autographed
royal doulton bunnykins playtime higbees rare yellow dress autographed
$79.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN VINTAGE RARE VASE FLYING GEESE OUTSTANDING LOOK WOW
royal copenhagen vintage rare vase flying geese outstanding look wow
$164.99
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royal doulton bunnykins  Milk Man  RARE MINT CONDITION
royal doulton bunnykins milk man rare mint condition
$79.99
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 RARE  Royal Doulton MASTER OF SMILES  TEARS Limited Edition Dickens NOKE Jug
rare royal doulton master of smiles tears limited edition dickens noke jug
$1,275.00
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Royal Doulton Carol Singer Bunnykin RARE only 300 worldwide
royal doulton carol singer bunnykin rare only 300 worldwide
$325.00
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Royal Doulton Taking Things Easy Rare White Figurine
royal doulton taking things easy rare white figurine
$199.99
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Rare Franklin MInt Collectable 3 PlatesRoyal Doulton  Haviland Limoges France
rare franklin mint collectable 3 platesroyal doulton haviland limoges france
$20.00
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Royal Doulton Ard of Earing RARE Large Toby Jug 1963
royal doulton ard of earing rare large toby jug 1963
$695.00
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royal doulton bunnykins  Magician Bunnykins  RARE
royal doulton bunnykins magician bunnykins rare
$79.99
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royal doulton bunnykins  BEDTIME BUNNYKINS RARE Autographed And Dated
royal doulton bunnykins bedtime bunnykins rare autographed and dated
$99.99
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Royal Doulton John Peel Jug Orange Handle Rare Variation
royal doulton john peel jug orange handle rare variation
$25.00
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Royal Doulton Jane Eyre  Mr Rochester D7115 Rare Double jug L E 712 1500 Mint
royal doulton jane eyre mr rochester d7115 rare double jug l e 712 1500 mint
$155.00
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VINTAGE LARGE JOHN BARLEYCORN RARE STYLE ONE ROYAL DOULTON 1934 1939
vintage large john barleycorn rare style one royal doulton 1934 1939
$159.99
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Rare 2011 Christmas Gift From Queen Elizabeth II  Royal Household
rare 2011 christmas gift from queen elizabeth ii royal household
$185.00
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Royal Doulton Ultra Rare Jim Bowie Character Jug Large Size
royal doulton ultra rare jim bowie character jug large size
$1,000.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON YE OLDE CHESHIRE CHEESE 1667 TANKARD
rare royal doulton ye olde cheshire cheese 1667 tankard
$69.99
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RARE Crown Royal Cask No16
rare crown royal cask no16
$550.00
quality
Rare Antique Royal Doulton Figurine Evelyn HN  1622 MINT  1934 1940
rare antique royal doulton figurine evelyn hn 1622 mint 1934 1940
$1,300.00
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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