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NEAT ROYALS  KING  QUEEN OF HEARTS  Salt and Pepper Shakers 1921 41 RARE
neat royals king queen of hearts salt and pepper shakers 1921 41 rare
$32.00
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NEAT ROYALS  ROYAL CHEF  FOOD TASTER  Salt and Pepper Shakers 1921 41RARE
neat royals royal chef food taster salt and pepper shakers 1921 41rare
$32.00
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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
$55.55
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Antique 1920s Royal Doulton Golf Proverbs Plate D3481 RARE
antique 1920s royal doulton golf proverbs plate d3481 rare
$89.99
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Royal Doulton RARE Sea Harvest Figurine Excellent HN 2257 1968 725 Tall
royal doulton rare sea harvest figurine excellent hn 2257 1968 725 tall
$74.99
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VERY RARE CHAS C STADDEN Dismounted Private Royal Wagon Train 1812
very rare chas c stadden dismounted private royal wagon train 1812
$59.98
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STALKING TIGER Flambe Figurine by Royal Doulton HN1082 Red ULTRA RARE
stalking tiger flambe figurine by royal doulton hn1082 red ultra rare
$959.20
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RARE SIGNED ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG SMALL 35 FALSTAFF D6385
rare signed royal doulton toby jug small 35 falstaff d6385
$39.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON REAPER FARM WORKERS SILHOUETTE SERIES 10 half  PLATE 1910 30
rare royal doulton reaper farm workers silhouette series 10 half plate 1910 30
$62.97
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Royal Doulton Large Quasimodo D7108 Limited 1049 of 2500 Very Rare
royal doulton large quasimodo d7108 limited 1049 of 2500 very rare
$150.00
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EXTREMELY RARE 2005 ALBERTA CENTENNIAL ROYAL VISIT 3 half  GLASS PAPERWEIGHT
extremely rare 2005 alberta centennial royal visit 3 half glass paperweight
$999.99
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RARE Royal Stafford Lone Cypress Plate From Merles Treasure Chest Carmel
rare royal stafford lone cypress plate from merles treasure chest carmel
$7.99
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Royal Doulton Dulcie Figurine Beautiful Blue dress Rare and so pretty EUC
royal doulton dulcie figurine beautiful blue dress rare and so pretty euc
$94.95
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RARE Vtg Royal Doulton Tintern D5609 saucer with square space
rare vtg royal doulton tintern d5609 saucer with square space
$19.99
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE VIRGINIA HN 1693 RARE
royal doulton figurine virginia hn 1693 rare
$550.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE AILEEN HN 1645 RARE
royal doulton figurine aileen hn 1645 rare
$550.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Amager Boy Figurine In Native Costume
rare royal copenhagen amager boy figurine in native costume
$249.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Amager Girl Figurine In Native Costume
rare royal copenhagen amager girl figurine in native costume
$249.99
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Royal Doulton RARE Deer Bowl D4644
royal doulton rare deer bowl d4644
$165.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Autumn Breezes Figurine Pretty Ladies Harradine HN1911
rare royal doulton autumn breezes figurine pretty ladies harradine hn1911
$149.99
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins RARE FREEFALL Figurine DB41 New in Box
royal doulton bunnykins rare freefall figurine db41 new in box
$74.97
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Rare Royal Doulton Shakespearean Series Shylock Corinth Jug D3746 c1915
rare royal doulton shakespearean series shylock corinth jug d3746 c1915
$90.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HAZEL HN 1797 RARE
royal doulton figurine hazel hn 1797 rare
$450.00
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG VINTAGE RETRO SIMPLE SIMON CHARACTER MUG RARE DESIGNER
royal doulton toby mug vintage retro simple simon character mug rare designer
$142.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON 60TH ANNIVERSARY BUNNYKINS DB137 RABBIT FIGURINE SCULPTURE 93
rare royal doulton 60th anniversary bunnykins db137 rabbit figurine sculpture 93
$24.99
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RARE 1950S ROYAL DOULTON HN2166 THE BRIDE ENGLAND FIGURINE SCULPTURE BONE CHINA
rare 1950s royal doulton hn2166 the bride england figurine sculpture bone china
$89.99
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RARE 1980S ROYAL DOULTON FLAMBE HN3229 THE GEISHA ENGLAND FIGURINE SCULPTURE RED
rare 1980s royal doulton flambe hn3229 the geisha england figurine sculpture red
$124.99
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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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VTG Royal Doulton England Fine Bone China Lucky Black Cat Kitten Figurine Rare
vtg royal doulton england fine bone china lucky black cat kitten figurine rare
$99.87
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Rare 4 Tall White Royal Doulton Seated Cat Figurine
rare 4 tall white royal doulton seated cat figurine
$69.87
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Rare 4 Tall Gray Striped Royal Doulton Seated Cat Figurine
rare 4 tall gray striped royal doulton seated cat figurine
$69.87
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Rare 4 Tall Orange Royal Doulton Seated Cat Figurine
rare 4 tall orange royal doulton seated cat figurine
$69.87
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Royal Doulton Figurine Sweet Anne M61932 RARE figurine
royal doulton figurine sweet anne m61932 rare figurine
$129.99
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Royal Doulton Rosamund M33 figurine RARE collectible figurine
royal doulton rosamund m33 figurine rare collectible figurine
$129.99
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON VEINED FLAMBE VASE 1619 Mint 11 quarter  Tall New In Box
rare royal doulton veined flambe vase 1619 mint 11 quarter tall new in box
$69.95
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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 Dutch Silverworks Elweretta Line  Spoons Rare Spinning Windmill
royal dutch silverworks elweretta line spoons rare spinning windmill
$29.99
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ROYAL DOULTON PROTOTYPE RARE FLAMBE FIGURINE THE LOVERS Perfect condition
royal doulton prototype rare flambe figurine the lovers perfect condition
$660.00
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Happy Birthday TO YOU Music Box DB36 Royal Doulton Bunnykins RARE BUNNY
happy birthday to you music box db36 royal doulton bunnykins rare bunny
$59.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Finishing Arrow and Stringing His Bow RB7 Ruppert Collection
rare royal doulton finishing arrow and stringing his bow rb7 ruppert collection
$25.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON HN2554 MASQUE FIGURINE W WAND 8 half  TALL RETIRED 1975
rare royal doulton hn2554 masque figurine w wand 8 half tall retired 1975
$139.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Lady Figurine Lady Charmian HN 1949 Mint Condition
rare royal doulton lady figurine lady charmian hn 1949 mint condition
$116.95
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Royal Doulton THE CHEF D7103 1997 Toby Jug Rare No defects
royal doulton the chef d7103 1997 toby jug rare no defects
$69.50
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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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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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RARE VINTAGE RALPH LAUREN POLO BEAR ROYAL GOLF BEAR COFFEE MUG 1997 UNUSED NWOT
rare vintage ralph lauren polo bear royal golf bear coffee mug 1997 unused nwot
$5.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine Trade Catalog Color Gift House Ulster Hogg
rare vintage royal doulton figurine trade catalog color gift house ulster hogg
$9.99
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Royal Doulton BILLY  BUNTIE BUNNYKINS SLEIGH RIDE 1989 DB 81 signed RARE
royal doulton billy buntie bunnykins sleigh ride 1989 db 81 signed rare
$34.95
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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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Royal Albert Shabby Chic Saucer Only CAMELOT Mauve Flowers Vintage RARE
royal albert shabby chic saucer only camelot mauve flowers vintage rare
$6.50
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RARE 1927 Christmas from Royal Copenhagen Ships Boy Tiller on Christmas Night
rare 1927 christmas from royal copenhagen ships boy tiller on christmas night
$375.00
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Royal Doulton Molded Bill Sykes Dickens Ware Pitcher 05833 Very Rare 1937
royal doulton molded bill sykes dickens ware pitcher 05833 very rare 1937
$169.00
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HN1637 Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Evelyn 1934 Date Code
hn1637 rare royal doulton figurine evelyn 1934 date code
$575.00
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Rare Royal Doulton D5521 Granny Dark Brown Glaze Large Character Jug
rare royal doulton d5521 granny dark brown glaze large character jug
$2,500.00
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Royal Doulton Pearly Girl Blue Jacket SMALL Character Jug Rare
royal doulton pearly girl blue jacket small character jug rare
$1,650.00
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Royal Doulton D6114 Cavalier With Goatee Extremely Rare Large Character Jug
royal doulton d6114 cavalier with goatee extremely rare large character jug
$1,700.00
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Hatless Drake Royal Doulton Character Jug D6115 Very Rare
hatless drake royal doulton character jug d6115 very rare
$1,800.00
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Rare vintage SPANIEL DOG Basket Planter Vase royal copely MINT
rare vintage spaniel dog basket planter vase royal copely mint
$9.99
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Character Jug UGLY DUCHESS  Mint
very rare royal doulton character jug ugly duchess mint
$285.99
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ROYAL DOULTON The Balloon Man HN1954 Rare Blue Balloon Retired 1994
royal doulton the balloon man hn1954 rare blue balloon retired 1994
$80.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON REFLECTIONS FIGURINE JOY HN 3184 EXC
rare royal doulton reflections figurine joy hn 3184 exc
$199.99
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Robert Bourgeault Royal Literary STUART HOUSE VERY RARE PLATE IS 21 OF 50
robert bourgeault royal literary stuart house very rare plate is 21 of 50
$395.00
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Robert Bourgeault Royal Literary 1982 THATCHED BEAUTY Plate 18 of 1500 RARE
robert bourgeault royal literary 1982 thatched beauty plate 18 of 1500 rare
$199.00
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Rare early Royal Doulton Large Hand Painted Vase
rare early royal doulton large hand painted vase
$105.00
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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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Rare Royal Doulton  The Master  D 6898
rare royal doulton the master d 6898
$99.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Large CHELSEA PENSIONER D6831 Character Toby Jug 16 250
rare royal doulton large chelsea pensioner d6831 character toby jug 16 250
$39.95
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON MISS NOSTRUM THE NURSE JUG DOULTON COLLECTION
rare royal doulton miss nostrum the nurse jug doulton collection
$15.99
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RARE VINTAGE 1971 AVON ROYAL SWAN COTILLION COLOGNE
rare vintage 1971 avon royal swan cotillion cologne
$10.00
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ROYAL DOULTON JOHN BARLEYCORN OLD LAD TOBY CHARACTER JUG D5735 RARE COLLECTIBLE
royal doulton john barleycorn old lad toby character jug d5735 rare collectible
$31.99
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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 Doulton Spring Morning HN 1922 Mint
rare royal doulton spring morning hn 1922 mint
$50.00
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Cow Parade American Royal 9189 Retired Rare
cow parade american royal 9189 retired rare
$20.95
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3 Vtg Miniature Plates Royal Copenhagen Denmark Cows Plow Horses Geese Girl Rare
3 vtg miniature plates royal copenhagen denmark cows plow horses geese girl rare
$28.99
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Rare ROYAL Doulton Budgie Parakeet BIRD FIGURINE Exquisite Detail
rare royal doulton budgie parakeet bird figurine exquisite detail
$64.99
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Royal Doulton Extremely Rare Lydia HN1906 Figurine 1939 1949
royal doulton extremely rare lydia hn1906 figurine 1939 1949
$450.00
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Royal Doulton Captain Bligh LARGE Character jug 1995 RARE New In Box W COA
royal doulton captain bligh large character jug 1995 rare new in box w coa
$36.05
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ROYAL DOULTON SEA HARVEST HN2257 MINT MAGNIFICENT FIGURINE REG395 RARE
royal doulton sea harvest hn2257 mint magnificent figurine reg395 rare
$284.05
quality
Rare GOEBEL HUMMEL Lady  Gentleman French Renaissance Formal Royal
rare goebel hummel lady gentleman french renaissance formal royal
$115.00
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RARE Franklin Mint ROYAL DOULTON Sister Act Limited Ed China Plate Wooster Scott
rare franklin mint royal doulton sister act limited ed china plate wooster scott
$10.99
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS FIGURE  Mr BUNNYBEAT STRUMMING  DB16
rare royal doulton bunnykins figure mr bunnybeat strumming db16
$29.93
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Royal Doulton Veronica RaNo 773349 Bone China Signed RARE Made in England
royal doulton veronica rano 773349 bone china signed rare made in england
$129.95
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RARE 1976 ROYAL DOULTON FRENCH QUARTER NEW ORLEANS PLATE By DONG KINGMAN 10 quarter
rare 1976 royal doulton french quarter new orleans plate by dong kingman 10 quarter
$14.25
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ROYAL DOULTON RARE COLLECTORS PLATE  COASTAL SCENE  PLATE
royal doulton rare collectors plate coastal scene plate
$35.00
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Royal Doulton  Best Wishes  Bone China Figurine Pretty Ladies NEW RARE HTF
royal doulton best wishes bone china figurine pretty ladies new rare htf
$250.00
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RAREROYAL COPENHAGEN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR PLATE
rareroyal copenhagen limited edition collector plate
$79.99
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Vintage Rare ROBIN BIRD MUSIC BOX Royal Crown Bisque Porcelain sweet song
vintage rare robin bird music box royal crown bisque porcelain sweet song
$3.72
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ANTIQUE ROYAL ALBERT CROWN CHINA 743059 7 INCH PLATE FROM ENGLAND RARE TO FIND
antique royal albert crown china 743059 7 inch plate from england rare to find
$19.95
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Rare Royal Copenhagen 1652 Standing Hound Porcelain Figurine by Peter Herold
rare royal copenhagen 1652 standing hound porcelain figurine by peter herold
$468.00
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Vintage ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN1911 AUTUMN BREEZES RARE TWO FOOTED hn1911
vintage royal doulton figurine hn1911 autumn breezes rare two footed hn1911
$254.97
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Camellias HN3701 Royal Doulton Figurine flowers of love RARE
camellias hn3701 royal doulton figurine flowers of love rare
$676.18
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Rare Royal Copenhagen 1968 Christmas Plate Last Umiak Kai Lange Denmark
rare royal copenhagen 1968 christmas plate last umiak kai lange denmark
$24.99
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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG D 5194 ARRY 2 half  TALL ca1948 RARE KT74
vintage royal doulton toby jug d 5194 arry 2 half tall ca1948 rare kt74
$39.00
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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON LOVERS FIGURINE BONE CHINA RARE TAN MAN 1977 12 IN
vintage royal doulton lovers figurine bone china rare tan man 1977 12 in
$59.00
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Extremely Rare Variation Royal Doulton Lydia Figurine HN 1907 Green Dress 1939
extremely rare variation royal doulton lydia figurine hn 1907 green dress 1939
$224.95
quality
Bossons Head Chalkware Royal Canadian Mounted Policemen RARE
bossons head chalkware royal canadian mounted policemen rare
$50.00
quality
Crown Royal light up Bottle Display Very Rare
crown royal light up bottle display very rare
$35.00
quality
Vintage 1961 Seagrams tenth Pint Crown Royal 10 Miniature Liquor Bottles RARE
vintage 1961 seagrams tenth pint crown royal 10 miniature liquor bottles rare
$59.00
quality
Rare Royal Copenhagen Fisherman 3668 Figurine Figur Standing Axel Locher Denmark
rare royal copenhagen fisherman 3668 figurine figur standing axel locher denmark
$199.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Figurine  Romany Sue  HN 1757 Believe 1936
rare royal doulton figurine romany sue hn 1757 believe 1936
$99.00
quality
Vintage Rare Dahl Jensen Figurine Royal Copenhagen 1138 Polar Bear 12cm
vintage rare dahl jensen figurine royal copenhagen 1138 polar bear 12cm
$135.00
quality
RARE Huge Vintage Royal Copenhagen Crab Dish Bowl w Fish 2465 Tray Fisch Krabbe
rare huge vintage royal copenhagen crab dish bowl w fish 2465 tray fisch krabbe
$99.00
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RARE Royal Currier  Ives HURRICANE LAMP BOTTOM Winter Country Gristmill Blue
rare royal currier ives hurricane lamp bottom winter country gristmill blue
$150.00
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RARE ORIGINAL WWI ROYAL BULGARIAN ARMY OFFICER WOOL VISOR HAT CAP NOT RUSSIAN
rare original wwi royal bulgarian army officer wool visor hat cap not russian
$299.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Polar Bear Sitting Figurine White Porcelain Knud Kyhn 346
rare royal copenhagen polar bear sitting figurine white porcelain knud kyhn 346
$135.00
quality
Rare Named Orig WW2 Military Cross MC Medal Group RCR Royal Canadian Regiment
rare named orig ww2 military cross mc medal group rcr royal canadian regiment
$69.99
quality
Royal Copenhagen Grey  White Bunnies 806 Rare Oppy Attn Collectors
royal copenhagen grey white bunnies 806 rare oppy attn collectors
$24.99
quality
Royal Doulton MATCHED  SET Fire King  Ice Queen VERY RARE PRICE CUT
royal doulton matched set fire king ice queen very rare price cut
$150.00
quality
Rare Royal Haeger sea Shell Angel WING Ash Tray Vintage antique Gold lay 155
rare royal haeger sea shell angel wing ash tray vintage antique gold lay 155
$33.89
quality
REDUCED RARE SIZE 225 Royal Doulton Toby Jug MINI The Fat Boy EXCELLENT
reduced rare size 225 royal doulton toby jug mini the fat boy excellent
$179.99
quality
VINYAGE ROYAL TYPEWRITER UNUSUAL RARE
vinyage royal typewriter unusual rare
$240.00
quality
4 VINTAGE VERY RARE UK ROYAL COAT OF ARMS CERA LOWBALL COCKTAIL TUMBLER GLASSES
4 vintage very rare uk royal coat of arms cera lowball cocktail tumbler glasses
$42.99
quality
Very rare Royal Doulton collectable Indian Brave
very rare royal doulton collectable indian brave
$1,500.00
quality
Royal Doulton China Dinner Plates H 217 Daisy Green Gold Rare to find pattern
royal doulton china dinner plates h 217 daisy green gold rare to find pattern
$550.00
quality
rare royal copenhagen figurineflying fish 3050
rare royal copenhagen figurineflying fish 3050
$250.00
quality
Vintage Very Rare Royal Liquid Metal Polish Adv Litho Tin CanENGLAND
vintage very rare royal liquid metal polish adv litho tin canengland
$150.00
quality
Duncan Royale History of Clown Pantalone Figurine Ltd Edition 162 120000 Rare
duncan royale history of clown pantalone figurine ltd edition 162 120000 rare
$29.95
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Duncan Royale History of Clown Slapstick Figurine Ltd Edition 467 120000 Rare
duncan royale history of clown slapstick figurine ltd edition 467 120000 rare
$29.95
quality
VINTAGE GERMANY CONSUL ROYAL CIG LIGHTERNOT ORIGINAL BOX SWITZERLAND RARE
vintage germany consul royal cig lighternot original box switzerland rare
$29.99
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RARE VINTAGE FRESH UP WITH 7UP ROYAL CROWN COLA DIVIDED WOOD CRATE BOX SPOKANE
rare vintage fresh up with 7up royal crown cola divided wood crate box spokane
$32.00
quality
100 Very Rare Crown Royal 50ml Black Bags knitting sewing
100 very rare crown royal 50ml black bags knitting sewing
$29.99
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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