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Duncan Royale Soda Pop Santa Miniature 1st Edition History Of Santa Claus RARE
duncan royale soda pop santa miniature 1st edition history of santa claus rare
$25.00
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RARE 1990 LARGE LENOX GOLD CAROUSEL ROYAL KING CROWN LION FIGURINE
rare 1990 large lenox gold carousel royal king crown lion figurine
$69.99
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Royal Doulton Figurines Rare
royal doulton figurines rare
$32.99
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Royal Worcester 1966 Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman Doris Lindner RARE
royal worcester 1966 royal canadian mounted policeman doris lindner rare
$650.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine K28 Cardinal 1940 1946
rare royal doulton figurine k28 cardinal 1940 1946
$309.00
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Vintage Rare Royal Schwabap Hand Decorated 7 half  Decorative Duck Plate EUC
vintage rare royal schwabap hand decorated 7 half decorative duck plate euc
$9.38
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ROYAL DAULTON SHAKESPERE CHARACTER JUG FROM ENGLAND 75 TALL RARE
royal daulton shakespere character jug from england 75 tall rare
$49.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON TITANIAN WARE BOWL SIGNED CECIL ALDIN
rare royal doulton titanian ware bowl signed cecil aldin
$140.00
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Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge 1997 Rare Year Plate Excellent Condition
royal doulton brambly hedge 1997 rare year plate excellent condition
$40.99
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RARE 2 DECORATIVE COLLECTIBLE ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLATES
rare 2 decorative collectible royal copenhagen plates
$91.08
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Rare Royal Doulton Seriesware Jug D 4077 Piping Down The Valleys Wild 1917 1920
rare royal doulton seriesware jug d 4077 piping down the valleys wild 1917 1920
$150.00
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VERY RARE 1935 ROYAL DOULTON 10 LOVING CUP JAN VAN RIEBEECK 159 300 MINT
very rare 1935 royal doulton 10 loving cup jan van riebeeck 159 300 mint
$525.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Asian Dancing Figurine  405
rare royal copenhagen asian dancing figurine 405
$249.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge 1998 MINT 8 Inch Plate Disc 2006
rare royal doulton brambly hedge 1998 mint 8 inch plate disc 2006
$33.33
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RARE OLD ROYAL DOULTON 10 TOWER OF LONDON JUG PITCHER 141 OF 500
rare old royal doulton 10 tower of london jug pitcher 141 of 500
$400.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Classic Pretty Lady Figurine Special Occasion HN 4100
rare royal doulton classic pretty lady figurine special occasion hn 4100
$65.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Flambe Elephant LARGE 9 x 5 3 4 Trunk in Salute
rare royal doulton flambe elephant large 9 x 5 3 4 trunk in salute
$150.00
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RARE SIGNED ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG SMALL 35 FALSTAFF D6385
rare signed royal doulton toby jug small 35 falstaff d6385
$29.99
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Rare Royal Doulton M80 Porcelain Figurine Goody Two Shoes England Blue
rare royal doulton m80 porcelain figurine goody two shoes england blue
$585.00
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Tuesdays Child Boy Cup Mug Royal Worcester Bone China Hand Painted NICE RARE
tuesdays child boy cup mug royal worcester bone china hand painted nice rare
$29.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNIKINS TWO HANDLED CUP RARE ENGINE PULL CART
royal doulton bunnikins two handled cup rare engine pull cart
$25.99
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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
$34.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Porcelain The Old Balloon Seller Plate London China Rare
vintage royal doulton porcelain the old balloon seller plate london china rare
$39.95
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON JOY REFLECTIONS FIGURINE HN 3184 BOXED
rare royal doulton joy reflections figurine hn 3184 boxed
$174.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Prestige An Afternoon Stroll 60 LARGE Figurine H
rare royal doulton prestige an afternoon stroll 60 large figurine h
$465.00
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Rare Vintage 1958 Royal Doulton Bacchus Toby Mug
rare vintage 1958 royal doulton bacchus toby mug
$39.99
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VINTAGE ROYAL SCOTLAND STACKING TEA FOR ONE TEAPOT AND TEA CUP GOLD TRIM RARE
vintage royal scotland stacking tea for one teapot and tea cup gold trim rare
$29.99
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Milk Maid Figurine NB9 443
rare royal copenhagen porcelain milk maid figurine nb9 443
$619.95
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Rare Vintage 1957 Royal Copenhagen Figurine Oriental Woman with 3 Jugs 4357
rare vintage 1957 royal copenhagen figurine oriental woman with 3 jugs 4357
$400.00
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Vintage Bunnykins Book Bank Royal Doulton Made England Ltd Complete Rare Figures
vintage bunnykins book bank royal doulton made england ltd complete rare figures
$14.99
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ROYAL DOULTON PROTOTYPE RARE FLAMBE FIGURINE THE LOVERS Perfect condition
royal doulton prototype rare flambe figurine the lovers perfect condition
$550.00
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Rare Antique Royal Doulton Porcelain Plate Sir John Falstaff 10 half
rare antique royal doulton porcelain plate sir john falstaff 10 half
$98.00
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Royal Doulton Mini Dog Figurine K 1 English Bulldog 2273 tall very rare
royal doulton mini dog figurine k 1 english bulldog 2273 tall very rare
$120.00
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RARE VINTAGE DECO ROYAL MARUNI PORCELAIN JAPAN OXBLOOD RABBIT BOOKENDS
rare vintage deco royal maruni porcelain japan oxblood rabbit bookends
$200.00
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DANISH ALUMINIA ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLAQUETTE FREDERIKSBERG KIRKE 1948 RARE
danish aluminia royal copenhagen plaquette frederiksberg kirke 1948 rare
$22.50
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ROYAL WORCESTER CHILD FIGURINE THE PARAKEET 3087 MINT RARE COLORS 7
royal worcester child figurine the parakeet 3087 mint rare colors 7
$168.99
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Rare Vintage Hallmark 1955 Murray Royal Deluxe 1995 Kiddie Car Classic
rare vintage hallmark 1955 murray royal deluxe 1995 kiddie car classic
$14.99
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Royal Doulton The Balloon Man HN1954 Figurine Rare Blue Balloon
royal doulton the balloon man hn1954 figurine rare blue balloon
$79.95
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Rare Variation Royal Doulton Figurine Spring Morning HN1923 Mint Green 1940s
rare variation royal doulton figurine spring morning hn1923 mint green 1940s
$165.00
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DOULTON BURSLEM Rare Antique BRITISH BIRDS Brown Transferware Cup
doulton burslem rare antique british birds brown transferware cup
$61.75
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Iggi Eskimo by Royal Orleans Covered Igloo Box Rare Vintage Lovable Eskimo
iggi eskimo by royal orleans covered igloo box rare vintage lovable eskimo
$12.99
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Royal Doulton Seriesware Teapot A Cup of Tea with Dr Johnson D3367 Very Rare
royal doulton seriesware teapot a cup of tea with dr johnson d3367 very rare
$495.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Porcelain Figurine Standing Beefeater 1924 1938 7 3 4H
rare royal doulton porcelain figurine standing beefeater 1924 1938 7 3 4h
$1,999.00
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Rare Royal Doulton DELICIA HN1663
rare royal doulton delicia hn1663
$625.00
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RARE Vintage Royal Sealy Japan Bobbing Cobra in Basket Salt or Pepper
rare vintage royal sealy japan bobbing cobra in basket salt or pepper
$39.99
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Rare Limited Edition Royal Doulton Flambe CONFUCIUS Character Jug Mug D7003 COA
rare limited edition royal doulton flambe confucius character jug mug d7003 coa
$199.00
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Vintage Antique TAPESTRY Bell Unmarked Royal Bayreuth Cows in Pasture RARE
vintage antique tapestry bell unmarked royal bayreuth cows in pasture rare
$89.00
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN DECORATIVE B W PLATE MALMO DEC MCMXIV TRIANGULAR SHAPED
rare royal copenhagen decorative b w plate malmo dec mcmxiv triangular shaped
$999.99
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN DECORATIVE B W PLATE 1903 GIENTOFTE KOMMUNES RAADHUS
rare royal copenhagen decorative b w plate 1903 gientofte kommunes raadhus
$999.99
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN DECORATIVE B W PLATE 1874 1899 COELES TEM ADSPICIT LVCEM
rare royal copenhagen decorative b w plate 1874 1899 coeles tem adspicit lvcem
$999.99
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Vintage RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN PORCELAIN SPOTTED FAWN 2636 Figurine Denmark
vintage rare royal copenhagen porcelain spotted fawn 2636 figurine denmark
$45.00
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1985 Royal Doulton Figurine Reflections Series Rare  Debut  HD 3046 UK
1985 royal doulton figurine reflections series rare debut hd 3046 uk
$129.99
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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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Royal Doulton FIGURINE PAISLEY SHAWL RED  CREAM APPROX 8 half RARE
royal doulton figurine paisley shawl red cream approx 8 half rare
$39.97
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Rare Royal Doulton Porcelain Small Vase D5163 Crazed Finish 3 5 8H 3 half W
rare royal doulton porcelain small vase d5163 crazed finish 3 5 8h 3 half w
$188.00
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Rare Royal Halsey Porcelain Footed Vanity Jar or Trinket Box Very Fine
rare royal halsey porcelain footed vanity jar or trinket box very fine
$17.99
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Cow Parade American Royal 9189 Retired Rare
cow parade american royal 9189 retired rare
$20.95
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins Mom  Baby Bath Time Apron Adult RARE
vintage royal doulton bunnykins mom baby bath time apron adult rare
$39.95
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ROYAL DOULTON A HOSTESS OF WILLIAMSBURG FIGURINE COLLECTIBLE 1959 RARE
royal doulton a hostess of williamsburg figurine collectible 1959 rare
$30.00
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RARE Royal Doulton 1934 1950 D5437 Floral Pattern S 1025 Great Plate
rare royal doulton 1934 1950 d5437 floral pattern s 1025 great plate
$39.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurines Sairey Gamp Unusual Mfg Mark Factory 2nd
rare royal doulton figurines sairey gamp unusual mfg mark factory 2nd
$9.99
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1980s Royal Cornwall Rosemary Calder Calhoun Collectible Plates Western Art Rare
1980s royal cornwall rosemary calder calhoun collectible plates western art rare
$260.00
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RARE ROYAL SHEFFIELD PORCELAIN GRAVY BOAT AFRICAN BIG 5 LIMITED EDITION
rare royal sheffield porcelain gravy boat african big 5 limited edition
$14.99
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Rare Royal Doulton England Red Flambe Elephant and Young HN2548
rare royal doulton england red flambe elephant and young hn2548
$150.00
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Rare Royal Doulton England Red Flambe Large 13 Stalking Tiger
rare royal doulton england red flambe large 13 stalking tiger
$550.00
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RARE ANTIQUE Royal Copenhagen Curled Brown Fox 438 1st QUALITY 1942
rare antique royal copenhagen curled brown fox 438 1st quality 1942
$449.99
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS FIGURE  Mr BUNNYBEAT STRUMMING  DB16
rare royal doulton bunnykins figure mr bunnybeat strumming db16
$23.71
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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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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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RAREROYAL COPENHAGEN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR PLATE
rareroyal copenhagen limited edition collector plate
$79.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS 75 Plate 6 Bowl Mug Apple Picking Market Rare Design
royal doulton bunnykins 75 plate 6 bowl mug apple picking market rare design
$47.99
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Rare Royal Doulton HN 2856 St George and The Dragon Signed Large Figurine
rare royal doulton hn 2856 st george and the dragon signed large figurine
$3,450.00
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN 1949 CHRISTMAS PLATE
rare vintage royal copenhagen 1949 christmas plate
$49.99
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN 1948 CHRISTMAS PLATE
rare vintage royal copenhagen 1948 christmas plate
$49.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON KING  QUEEN REALM TINY JUG SET WITH PLATFORM SIGNED
rare royal doulton king queen realm tiny jug set with platform signed
$147.76
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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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Royal Doulton Figurine Rare Gollywog HN 2040 based on 1900s Childs Storybook
royal doulton figurine rare gollywog hn 2040 based on 1900s childs storybook
$125.00
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ROYAL DOULTON RARE FIGURINES LYDIA HN 1908  FRANCINE HN 2422 1939 1971
royal doulton rare figurines lydia hn 1908 francine hn 2422 1939 1971
$19.99
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Rare Royal Doulton HN1223 Geisha 6 7 8 High 889
rare royal doulton hn1223 geisha 6 7 8 high 889
$2,225.00
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RARE Carltonware 1894 1949 1970 Rouge Royal Tea Set Hand Painted From England
rare carltonware 1894 1949 1970 rouge royal tea set hand painted from england
$500.00
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Royal Doulton Small Toby Jugs Set Captain Hook Ugly Duchess and Mikado RARE sm
royal doulton small toby jugs set captain hook ugly duchess and mikado rare sm
$106.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON IMAGES Figure  God Bless You HN3400 FIGURINE
rare royal doulton images figure god bless you hn3400 figurine
$15.00
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Vintage Royal Copley Ceramic Cocker Spaniel Puppy brown Great condition RARE
vintage royal copley ceramic cocker spaniel puppy brown great condition rare
$15.00
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Vintage Royal Copenhagen Blue Plate In The Desert 72 No Chips Denmark Decor Rare
vintage royal copenhagen blue plate in the desert 72 no chips denmark decor rare
$4.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Denmark 5196 Boy on Rocking Horse by Hanne Varming 1956
rare royal copenhagen denmark 5196 boy on rocking horse by hanne varming 1956
$249.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Match Strike
royal doulton rare match strike
$145.00
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Royal Doulton Afternoon Tea rare perfect free shipping HN 1747
royal doulton afternoon tea rare perfect free shipping hn 1747
$99.99
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2004 Royal Copenhagen STEIFF Goldilocks Figurine RARE Limited Edition
2004 royal copenhagen steiff goldilocks figurine rare limited edition
$74.99
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Royal Albert Old Country Roses English Buffet Punch Cups Set of 4 BNIB RARE
royal albert old country roses english buffet punch cups set of 4 bnib rare
$129.99
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Royal Seoul Fine Porcelain Figurine RARE 113
royal seoul fine porcelain figurine rare 113
$39.99
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Adorable Royal Doulton Beefeater Toby Jug 15 Tall D6806 MINT Rare Collectible
adorable royal doulton beefeater toby jug 15 tall d6806 mint rare collectible
$99.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN Rare 20242 Knud Kyhn Great Cat Lynx Figurine Signed MINT
royal copenhagen rare 20242 knud kyhn great cat lynx figurine signed mint
$210.00
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GREECE POSTCARD CRETE DRUMMERS 2ND ROYAL SUSSEX REGIMENT RARE CARD BEHAEDDIN 131
greece postcard crete drummers 2nd royal sussex regiment rare card behaeddin 131
$39.84
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RARE VINTAGE TWO GALLON ROYAL TRANSMISSION OIL Can National Refining Co
rare vintage two gallon royal transmission oil can national refining co
$20.00
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Royal Albert English China Welsh Costumes Present Cardiff Cup
royal albert english china welsh costumes present cardiff cup
$24.95
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Rare Vintage Lithograph Postcard of Malta Royal Opera House
rare vintage lithograph postcard of malta royal opera house
$32.49
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ROYAL FAMILY VINTAGE TIN LITHO BOX RARE COLLECTIBLE BOX CIRCA 1960
royal family vintage tin litho box rare collectible box circa 1960
$99.00
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R Rare Bulgarian Royal military army badge with enamel WWII Boris III
r rare bulgarian royal military army badge with enamel wwii boris iii
$180.00
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Rare Original WWII German ally Bulgarian royal officer boots
rare original wwii german ally bulgarian royal officer boots
$145.00
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Old Rare J B Royal cream biscuits Ad Porcelain Enamel Sign Board Collectible
old rare j b royal cream biscuits ad porcelain enamel sign board collectible
$189.00
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Vintage Old Rare Royal Frontier Mail Snuff Ad Litho Tin Sign Board 185
vintage old rare royal frontier mail snuff ad litho tin sign board 185
$44.00
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Vintage 2 Decks Royal Hawaiian Playing cards deck sealed w Booklet Rare
vintage 2 decks royal hawaiian playing cards deck sealed w booklet rare
$39.99
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1722 Royal Governor SAMUEL SHUTE Signed Rare Ships Paper for the SLOOP Lot 69
1722 royal governor samuel shute signed rare ships paper for the sloop lot 69
$1,800.00
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Rare The Lord of the Rings  Royal Selangor Pewter Photo Picture Frame
rare the lord of the rings royal selangor pewter photo picture frame
$55.00
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Rare Antique Royal Siam Rama V 5 Amulet Thai King miracle Genuine Collection
rare antique royal siam rama v 5 amulet thai king miracle genuine collection
$29.99
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RARE British SENIOR Officer ROYAL Equirey QE2 Royal Cypher Badge Epaulette Worn
rare british senior officer royal equirey qe2 royal cypher badge epaulette worn
$30.00
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1950s Royal Ambassadors Beanie Very Rare Felt with Logo Yellow and White
1950s royal ambassadors beanie very rare felt with logo yellow and white
$35.00
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1950 Royal Dessert Pudding Comp Box Howdy Doody Coloring Card 7 RARE Blue var
1950 royal dessert pudding comp box howdy doody coloring card 7 rare blue var
$65.00
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OFFICIAL CROWN ROYAL PURPLE TERRY BATH ROBE VERY RARE SEAGRAM AMERICAS ONE SIZE
official crown royal purple terry bath robe very rare seagram americas one size
$100.00
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Rare 1997 Defunct Royal Hong Kong Police Pocket Watch Original Leather Wallet
rare 1997 defunct royal hong kong police pocket watch original leather wallet
$73.98
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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
$109.99
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Vintage 1930s very rare Baron Lindseys Royal All Star Band handmade menu and p
vintage 1930s very rare baron lindseys royal all star band handmade menu and p
$200.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON DOG FIGURINE Rare Black and White English Setter Dog HN 1051
royal doulton dog figurine rare black and white english setter dog hn 1051
$89.00
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Vtg RARE 1970s Seagrams Crown Royal Display Swinging Bottle Empty Advertising
vtg rare 1970s seagrams crown royal display swinging bottle empty advertising
$69.99
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RARE ANTIQUE CIGARETTE CIGAR LIGHTER ADVERTISING BOTTLE ROYAL CROWN RC COLA SODA
rare antique cigarette cigar lighter advertising bottle royal crown rc cola soda
$29.99
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RARE 1959 Christmas Night ROYAL COPENHAGEN Denmark HANS HANSEN Plate 7 1 8 NRMT
rare 1959 christmas night royal copenhagen denmark hans hansen plate 7 1 8 nrmt
$69.95
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GRAND ROYAL 3 hip hop music zine Evel KnievelWeird AlMoogBEASTIE BOYSRare
grand royal 3 hip hop music zine evel knievelweird almoogbeastie boysrare
$34.99
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VINTAGE RARE 1927 ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION PIN BRITISH EMPIRE SERVICE 13794
vintage rare 1927 royal canadian legion pin british empire service 13794
$29.47
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Rare Clara Barton Society Red Cross Royal Crystal Rock italy Trinket Box Dish
rare clara barton society red cross royal crystal rock italy trinket box dish
$24.95
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Very Rare Vintage Cronstroms Aluminum ROYAL CROWN COLA ICE CHEST Cooler OBO
very rare vintage cronstroms aluminum royal crown cola ice chest cooler obo
$269.95
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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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