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ROYAL COPENHAGEN PENGUIN BIRD RARE 2910 LARGE 75 TALL WILDLIFE ARCTIC
royal copenhagen penguin bird rare 2910 large 75 tall wildlife arctic
$199.75
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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
$15.00
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Royal Doulton FLAMBE WATER BUFFALO Limited Edition 82 of 150 RARE HTF
royal doulton flambe water buffalo limited edition 82 of 150 rare htf
$299.16
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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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Vintage Rare Royal Doulton Bone China Daschund Dog Figurine HN1128
vintage rare royal doulton bone china daschund dog figurine hn1128
$129.99
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Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Pointer Puppies Playing 453 Figurine Rare
royal copenhagen porcelain pointer puppies playing 453 figurine rare
$135.00
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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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Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Puppies Playing 453 Figurine Rare 1st Quality
royal copenhagen porcelain puppies playing 453 figurine rare 1st quality
$109.20
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Vintage pair Royal Copenhagen Square Dish Plates LANGELINIE  KRONBORG rare
vintage pair royal copenhagen square dish plates langelinie kronborg rare
$7.92
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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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RARE 1935 Royal Copenhagen Figurine HENRIK  ELSE 3049 Ret 1987 17H MInt
rare 1935 royal copenhagen figurine henrik else 3049 ret 1987 17h mint
$599.00
quality
Very Rare Royal Doulton Flamb Veined Egg With Stand Box and COA 347 of 3500
very rare royal doulton flamb veined egg with stand box and coa 347 of 3500
$295.00
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Vintage Collectable ROYAL CANADIAN POTTERY Rare Brown 5 Cup Dripless Teapot
vintage collectable royal canadian pottery rare brown 5 cup dripless teapot
$3.99
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Chintz Royal Winton England Florence Rare Wall Pocket Special Edition
chintz royal winton england florence rare wall pocket special edition
$95.00
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Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine HN 2212 Rare Beautiful Rendezvous Excellent Cond
vintage royal doulton figurine hn 2212 rare beautiful rendezvous excellent cond
$99.99
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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 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
quality
Royal Doulton Loving Cup Master of the Foxhounds Very rare
royal doulton loving cup master of the foxhounds very rare
$350.00
quality
Royal Doulton Figurine Pearly Girl HN 2036 Rare HTF GUC
royal doulton figurine pearly girl hn 2036 rare htf guc
$64.95
quality
RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN MERMAID VASE 2770 3088 MINT CONDITION
rare royal copenhagen mermaid vase 2770 3088 mint condition
$195.00
quality
RARE 1935 Royal Worcester Dorothy Doughty Birds REDSTARTS ON HEMLOCK 66 Made
rare 1935 royal worcester dorothy doughty birds redstarts on hemlock 66 made
$2,675.00
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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 DOULTON FIGURINE JOY HN 3184 BOXED HTF
rare royal doulton figurine joy hn 3184 boxed htf
$169.99
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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
Rare 1901 Royal Doulton Gibson Girl Head Portrait Plate Series Ware
rare 1901 royal doulton gibson girl head portrait plate series ware
$75.00
quality
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 Prized Possessions HN 2942 RARE Collectors Club ONLY Fig Signed
royal doulton prized possessions hn 2942 rare collectors club only fig signed
$112.50
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Lovely Rare Royal Doulton HN1859 Tildy Figurine 1934 36
lovely rare royal doulton hn1859 tildy figurine 1934 36
$995.00
quality
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
$275.00
quality
Royal Doulton Rare Candlestick Holder With Dogs
royal doulton rare candlestick holder with dogs
$45.00
quality
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
$15.80
quality
Royal Doulton Bootmaker D6572 Extremely Rare One of a Kind with Nose Wart
royal doulton bootmaker d6572 extremely rare one of a kind with nose wart
$49.99
quality
Vintage Autumn Breezes Royal Doulton HN 1911 Issued 1939 RARE
vintage autumn breezes royal doulton hn 1911 issued 1939 rare
$159.00
quality
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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Rare Beautiful Royal Copenhagen Swan 755 Vintage Mint Ready to ship
rare beautiful royal copenhagen swan 755 vintage mint ready to ship
$75.00
quality
Royal Copenhagen Vintage Denmark Porcelain Pug Puppy Dog Rare Figurine Figure
royal copenhagen vintage denmark porcelain pug puppy dog rare figurine figure
$49.99
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Royal Doulton Buttercup Rare Rose Color
royal doulton buttercup rare rose color
$80.00
quality
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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Royal Copenhagen 1953 Christmas Plate Frederiksburg Castle Vintage Rare
royal copenhagen 1953 christmas plate frederiksburg castle vintage rare
$44.95
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Figurine White Rabbit Standing 22690 J Grut MINT
rare royal copenhagen figurine white rabbit standing 22690 j grut mint
$79.00
quality
Duncan Royale Piggy Pig Bell Very Rare In Great Condition Signed Beautiful
duncan royale piggy pig bell very rare in great condition signed beautiful
$65.00
quality
Royal Doulton Figurine Claire HN 3209 RARE 825 tall Exc Cond Ships fast
royal doulton figurine claire hn 3209 rare 825 tall exc cond ships fast
$52.49
quality
Large Rare Royal Doulton Figurine HN 3525 Courtship Images Collection
large rare royal doulton figurine hn 3525 courtship images collection
$199.95
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Royal Doulton Figurine HN 1916 Janet RARE Exc Condition Ships fast
royal doulton figurine hn 1916 janet rare exc condition ships fast
$123.74
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RARE 1942 Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate 7 Denmark War Year edition
rare 1942 royal copenhagen christmas plate 7 denmark war year edition
$220.00
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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
$15.80
quality
RARE LARGE 8 MR MICAWBER + BOX CERT D7040 TOBY MUG JUG ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND
rare large 8 mr micawber + box cert d7040 toby mug jug royal doulton england
$198.75
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLATE BABY ANIMALS BY JRGEN NIELSEN DENMARK
rare royal copenhagen plate baby animals by jrgen nielsen denmark
$50.00
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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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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Cup Fine Bone China England Rare Collectable
royal doulton bunnykins cup fine bone china england rare collectable
$9.95
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RARE Duncan Royale Calendar Secrets May Statute 16Young Mother in a Petticoated
rare duncan royale calendar secrets may statute 16young mother in a petticoated
$250.00
quality
RARE  STUNNING Royal Worcester Figurine Summer Day 3547 LK w Bonus Box
rare stunning royal worcester figurine summer day 3547 lk w bonus box
$79.00
quality
Royal Doulton England Uriah Heep Rare Figurine Charachter Dickens series ware
royal doulton england uriah heep rare figurine charachter dickens series ware
$9.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Flambe Aladdins Genie D6971 Ltd Edition 56 of 1500 MINT
rare royal doulton flambe aladdins genie d6971 ltd edition 56 of 1500 mint
$175.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE A LADY FROM WILLIAMSBURG HN ERROR RARE
royal doulton figurine a lady from williamsburg hn error rare
$50.00
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG SAIREY GAMP D6263 SMALL 4 quarter  1948 1960
rare royal doulton toby jug sairey gamp d6263 small 4 quarter 1948 1960
$39.00
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Royal Doulton Dickens Series G Oliver Twist Relief Jug D5617 Ultra Rare Mint
royal doulton dickens series g oliver twist relief jug d5617 ultra rare mint
$42.00
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CROWN ROYAL WOOD 3D JEWELED BAR SIGN WALL HANGING PLAQUE RARE LK
crown royal wood 3d jeweled bar sign wall hanging plaque rare lk
$39.94
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Royal Doulton Carol Singer Bunnykins DB104 USA edition EXTREMELY RARE
royal doulton carol singer bunnykins db104 usa edition extremely rare
$269.99
quality
Rare 1906 Royal Copenhagen DENMARK Memorial Plate Queen Louise RED CROSS NURSE
rare 1906 royal copenhagen denmark memorial plate queen louise red cross nurse
$108.04
quality
Rare Vintage Porcelain Figurine White Dove by Royal Crown
rare vintage porcelain figurine white dove by royal crown
$8.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON WINSTON CHURCHILL TOBY MUG RARE GREETING BOTTOM ENGLAND
royal doulton winston churchill toby mug rare greeting bottom england
$36.00
quality
2 Exotic Royal Iris RARE on eBay Otagiri Japan Mugs Fine China Kitchen Mugs
2 exotic royal iris rare on ebay otagiri japan mugs fine china kitchen mugs
$15.99
quality
VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON Rare TOBY JUG George Washington D6669 LARGE 75 1982
vintage royal doulton rare toby jug george washington d6669 large 75 1982
$64.99
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RARE Antique Royal Doulton Skating Series Ware Childrens Dish Pryde Goeth
rare antique royal doulton skating series ware childrens dish pryde goeth
$245.00
quality
Royal Doulton Figurine HN 1811 Rare Old Example Mint
royal doulton figurine hn 1811 rare old example mint
$22.00
quality
Duncan Royale Civil War Santa 922 Rare 1983
duncan royale civil war santa 922 rare 1983
$145.43
quality
2 RARE Vintage Amhearst Royal CAMEO Ribbon Porcelain Bud Vases MUST SEE
2 rare vintage amhearst royal cameo ribbon porcelain bud vases must see
$7.99
quality
RARE 2 ROYAL NORFOLK Greenbrier International Watermelon Bowls
rare 2 royal norfolk greenbrier international watermelon bowls
$3.99
quality
VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON Toby Jug FARMER JOHN D5789 RARE  OLD Retired 1960 CJ Noke
vintage royal doulton toby jug farmer john d5789 rare old retired 1960 cj noke
$16.00
quality
Royal Doulton Old Balloon Seller mini rabbit timble  plate rare unpainted
royal doulton old balloon seller mini rabbit timble plate rare unpainted
$240.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Wall plate charger Kangaroo Collector plate w Hanger
rare royal doulton wall plate charger kangaroo collector plate w hanger
$7.99
quality
RARE 1974 Royal Doulton Figurine HN 3504 Golden Crowned Kinglet MINT
rare 1974 royal doulton figurine hn 3504 golden crowned kinglet mint
$350.00
quality
Rare Vintage 1988 Royal Doulton Drummer Snowman w Original Box DS15 NOS
rare vintage 1988 royal doulton drummer snowman w original box ds15 nos
$137.99
quality
Extremely Rare Royal Doulton CHIVALRY Series Ware Bowl D 5030
extremely rare royal doulton chivalry series ware bowl d 5030
$245.00
quality
Radko Palais Royale 1993 Ornament 93 305 0 Rare Czech Glass Bead Chandelier
radko palais royale 1993 ornament 93 305 0 rare czech glass bead chandelier
$149.95
quality
Owd Willum Royal Doulton Figurine HN 2042 RARE RETIRED COLLECTIBLE PIECE
owd willum royal doulton figurine hn 2042 rare retired collectible piece
$189.99
quality
Royal Copenhagen Penguin Figurine Rare Approximately 9 Tall 417
royal copenhagen penguin figurine rare approximately 9 tall 417
$79.99
quality
Bunnykins Candy Tin Box Royal Doulton Gidumal Organization Rare
bunnykins candy tin box royal doulton gidumal organization rare
$14.99
quality
22K Gold Nordic Empress Mug Royal Carribean Cruise Ship Coffee Tea England RARE
22k gold nordic empress mug royal carribean cruise ship coffee tea england rare
$29.95
quality
Very Rare Royal Doulton HN3067 Les Saisons Ete 1985 8 300 Limited Edition
very rare royal doulton hn3067 les saisons ete 1985 8 300 limited edition
$2,100.00
quality
Royal Doulton 3 Musketeers Rare Candlestick Holder REPAIRED
royal doulton 3 musketeers rare candlestick holder repaired
$0.99
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHERUB BELL THE SPEECH OF ANGELS GLAD TIDINGS 1 OF 6 NIB
rare royal doulton cherub bell the speech of angels glad tidings 1 of 6 nib
$69.00
quality
Royal Doulton Character Toby Jug  Pitcher Sairey Gamp Rare signed COLLECTIBLE
royal doulton character toby jug pitcher sairey gamp rare signed collectible
$20.00
quality
Royal Doulton Tony Weller Extra Lrg Toby JugMatching Mini 1940s Rare Date Mark
royal doulton tony weller extra lrg toby jugmatching mini 1940s rare date mark
$29.99
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Money Ball with original box Rare Flower Picking
royal doulton bunnykins money ball with original box rare flower picking
$18.99
quality
Sweet Adelines 1977 Wedgwood Plate Royal Albert Hall Ashtray Memorbilia RARE
sweet adelines 1977 wedgwood plate royal albert hall ashtray memorbilia rare
$19.49
quality
ULTRA RARE Gansu Fish Royal Doulton Flambe Figurine Burslem Artwares BA39
ultra rare gansu fish royal doulton flambe figurine burslem artwares ba39
$1,799.00
quality
RARE ENGLISH ROYAL WORCESTER AGNES PINDER DAVIS FIGURE  3496 VITO BELL ESTATE
rare english royal worcester agnes pinder davis figure 3496 vito bell estate
$575.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON BIRD BULLFINCH K 31 A VERY RARE PORCELAIN ITEM BRINKMAN ESTATE
royal doulton bird bullfinch k 31 a very rare porcelain item brinkman estate
$450.00
quality

VERY RARE PRINCESS DIANA 1981 ROYAL WEDDING LIMITED EDITION COMMEMORATIVE BRICK
very rare princess diana 1981 royal wedding limited edition commemorative brick
$643.11
quality
The Royal Scots other ranks 8th Volunteer Battalion badge rare Genuine issued
the royal scots other ranks 8th volunteer battalion badge rare genuine issued
$32.22
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The Royal Scots other ranks 6th Volunteer Battalion badge rare Genuine issued
the royal scots other ranks 6th volunteer battalion badge rare genuine issued
$32.22
quality
Royal Hampshire badge rare Genuine issued
royal hampshire badge rare genuine issued
$32.22
quality
The Royal Scots other ranks 7th Volunteer Battalion badge rare Genuine issued
the royal scots other ranks 7th volunteer battalion badge rare genuine issued
$32.22
quality
The Royal Scots officers 8th Volunteer Battalion badge rare Genuine issued
the royal scots officers 8th volunteer battalion badge rare genuine issued
$58.00
quality
Vintage Rare Unique Royal China Inc Steemer Delta Queen Ashtray Triple Lip USA
vintage rare unique royal china inc steemer delta queen ashtray triple lip usa
$75.00
quality
LOVING CUP MASONIC ROYAL ARCH CHAPTER NO 43 1809 1909 100th LANCASTER PA RARE
loving cup masonic royal arch chapter no 43 1809 1909 100th lancaster pa rare
$79.00
quality
VINTAGE RARE PINAUD LILAC VEGETAL ROYALL LYME AFTERSHAVE LOTIONS
vintage rare pinaud lilac vegetal royall lyme aftershave lotions
$45.00
quality
Royal Copenhagen Cow Calf Porcelain Figurine Rare Cute Denamrk 1072 Vintage
royal copenhagen cow calf porcelain figurine rare cute denamrk 1072 vintage
$69.95
quality
RARE ROYAL MILITARY SPECIAL MEDAL
rare royal military special medal
$49.99
quality
VERY RARE SOLD OUT Issa Engagement aso royal duchess RSP 575
very rare sold out issa engagement aso royal duchess rsp 575
$200.00
quality
Vintage Working Royal Touch Control Black Typewriter Rare Color
vintage working royal touch control black typewriter rare color
$129.99
quality
Royal Doulton Irene Rare Porcelain Female Figurine HN1621 Retired 1951
royal doulton irene rare porcelain female figurine hn1621 retired 1951
$139.99
quality
Royal Doulton collectors plate Scotty Dog Rare 1934
royal doulton collectors plate scotty dog rare 1934
$98.98
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON ENGLISH SETTER HN1050 DOG FIGURINE BEAUTIFUL DETAIL 1050 MINT
rare royal doulton english setter hn1050 dog figurine beautiful detail 1050 mint
$48.00
quality
VERY RARE Royal NEW ZEALAND Air Force METAL WW2 Era PILOTS WINGS Flight Brevet
very rare royal new zealand air force metal ww2 era pilots wings flight brevet
$225.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON REFLECTIONS FIGURINE HN 1847 VERY VERY RARE COLLECTABLES
royal doulton reflections figurine hn 1847 very very rare collectables
$950.00
quality
Vintage 1940s ROYAL HAEGER COLLIE Dog RARE BENNINGTON GLAZE
vintage 1940s royal haeger collie dog rare bennington glaze
$59.99
quality
ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS PLATES 1st MADONNA CHILD 1908 Vintage Antique Rare
royal copenhagen christmas plates 1st madonna child 1908 vintage antique rare
$9,270.00
quality
Rare 1918 Royal Army Service Corps Office Dress Jacket w Brass Buttons 7167
rare 1918 royal army service corps office dress jacket w brass buttons 7167
$399.00
quality
Royal Doulton Rare Lido Lady Figurine HN1220 Black Backstamp
royal doulton rare lido lady figurine hn1220 black backstamp
$395.00
quality
RARE Russian Wall Plaque Leningrad Cabin of Peter the Great Pine Log House Royal
rare russian wall plaque leningrad cabin of peter the great pine log house royal
$24.50
quality
Vintage Gas Sign Royal Conoco Porcelain Gas Pump Plate Station Rare Oil Can
vintage gas sign royal conoco porcelain gas pump plate station rare oil can
$140.00
quality
Vintage Ceramic Coin Bank British Sergeant in the Royal Marine Hugh Taylor RARE
vintage ceramic coin bank british sergeant in the royal marine hugh taylor rare
$34.50
quality
OLD RARE VINTAGE ANTIQUE TOKEN MEDAL COIN REMINGTON TYPEWRITER BRITISH R
old rare vintage antique token medal coin remington typewriter british r
$39.99
quality
ROYAL DOULTON BRITISH AIRWAYS CONCORDE RARE NOSE DROOP DESIGN CHINA COLLECTIO
royal doulton british airways concorde rare nose droop design china collectio
$122.44
quality
ROYAL ELECTRIC COMPANY INC VINTAGE CHRISTMAS TREE TOPPER WITH BOX RARE FIND
royal electric company inc vintage christmas tree topper with box rare find
$75.00
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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