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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
$525.00
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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
$449.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN2256 Twilight 1970 5 H 587
rare royal doulton hn2256 twilight 1970 5 h 587
$295.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins Plate Santa
rare vintage royal doulton bunnykins plate santa
$29.95
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LK Rare Vintage Royal Copenhagen Blue Trivet Horse Man Whip River Boat
lk rare vintage royal copenhagen blue trivet horse man whip river boat
$20.00
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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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Longaberger RARE Kansas City Royals Lunch Box Basket
longaberger rare kansas city royals lunch box basket
$49.99
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Royal Doulton Shakespeare SIR ANDREW ACUECHEEK 105 plate Early
royal doulton shakespeare sir andrew acuecheek 105 plate early
$16.99
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Royal Doulton Bone China Figurine Marie HN 1370 27 RARE VINTAGE
royal doulton bone china figurine marie hn 1370 27 rare vintage
$49.00
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Rare Royal Doulton England 1129 Standing Wiener Daschund Pup Puppy Dog Figurine
rare royal doulton england 1129 standing wiener daschund pup puppy dog figurine
$24.99
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Rare Royal Doulton England HN 1159 Jack Russel Terrier Pup Puppy Dog Figurine
rare royal doulton england hn 1159 jack russel terrier pup puppy dog figurine
$24.99
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Rare Royal Doulton England HN 1099 Jack Russel Terrier Pup Puppy Dog Figurine
rare royal doulton england hn 1099 jack russel terrier pup puppy dog figurine
$24.99
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Royal Standard Bone China England Hensington Plate Colorful RARE Flowers Side
royal standard bone china england hensington plate colorful rare flowers side
$14.99
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RARE ROYAL STUART SPENCER STEVENSON BONE CHINA CUP AND SAUCER ENGLAND
rare royal stuart spencer stevenson bone china cup and saucer england
$19.55
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RARE  Pristine Variation 1946 Royal Doulton Beefeater Toby Jug Mug 3  D5193
rare pristine variation 1946 royal doulton beefeater toby jug mug 3 d5193
$49.00
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RARE ANTIQUE VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND BLOOD MONEY PLATE PATD 12 1906
rare antique vintage royal doulton england blood money plate patd 12 1906
$299.99
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Rare Vintage 1990 Royal Doulton Ivory Bride Porcelain Figurine HN3285 85 Tall
rare vintage 1990 royal doulton ivory bride porcelain figurine hn3285 85 tall
$99.99
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Rare Vintage 1963 Royal Doulton The Lobster Man Porcelain Figurine HN2323 75
rare vintage 1963 royal doulton the lobster man porcelain figurine hn2323 75
$399.99
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VINTAGE RARE DUNCAN ROYALE FINE PORCELAIN CLOWN FIGURINE 9inches
vintage rare duncan royale fine porcelain clown figurine 9inches
$17.99
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ROYAL DOULTON THE ORANGE LADY HN 1953 RARE RN 812548 ISSUED 1936 1975
royal doulton the orange lady hn 1953 rare rn 812548 issued 1936 1975
$129.00
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Rare Royal Doulton K 31 Bullfinch style one 1940 46
rare royal doulton k 31 bullfinch style one 1940 46
$695.00
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Jumeau Sisters Plate VERY RARE Royal Manor Ltd Ed 1st
jumeau sisters plate very rare royal manor ltd ed 1st
$19.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Large White Lobster Man Character Toby Jug
rare royal doulton large white lobster man character toby jug
$45.00
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Ultra Rare Admiral Jellico D7229 Large Royal Doulton Character Jug
ultra rare admiral jellico d7229 large royal doulton character jug
$599.00
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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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HN5128 William Shakespeare Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn5128 william shakespeare royal doulton figurine rare
$599.00
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Royal Doulton Vintage Figurine THE BALLERINA RARE 1952 signed
royal doulton vintage figurine the ballerina rare 1952 signed
$375.00
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1 Rare Collector 1974 Cheshire Cat Beswick by Royal Doulton Figurine Mint
1 rare collector 1974 cheshire cat beswick by royal doulton figurine mint
$115.00
quality
ULTRA RARE Royal Doulton Flambe Sitting Duck 3 quarter  Long
ultra rare royal doulton flambe sitting duck 3 quarter long
$119.00
quality
Antique HC ROYAL BAVARIA Berry Design Porcelain Plate Rare
antique hc royal bavaria berry design porcelain plate rare
$50.00
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HN4940 Isambard Kingdom Brunel Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn4940 isambard kingdom brunel royal doulton figurine rare
$599.00
quality
HN5051 Isaac Newton Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn5051 isaac newton royal doulton figurine rare
$599.00
quality
RARE VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON DOLL NISBET TUESDAY GIRL MINT IN BOX
rare vintage royal doulton doll nisbet tuesday girl mint in box
$80.95
quality
IMARI COLLECTION BY ROYAL KENDALL JAPANESE VASE RARE VINTAGE
imari collection by royal kendall japanese vase rare vintage
$20.00
quality
Vintage ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN1911 AUTUMN BREEZES RARE TWO FOOTED hn1911
vintage royal doulton figurine hn1911 autumn breezes rare two footed hn1911
$299.96
quality
HN4939 Leonardo da Vinci Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn4939 leonardo da vinci royal doulton figurine rare
$519.00
quality
HN4653 Michael Doulton Royal Doulton Figurine Rare
hn4653 michael doulton royal doulton figurine rare
$239.00
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Rare Dedt Moroz Duncan Royale History of Santa Claus Figurine NIB
rare dedt moroz duncan royale history of santa claus figurine nib
$24.99
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RARE Vintage DUNCAN ROYALE History of the Clown PANTALONE FIGURINE 139 20000
rare vintage duncan royale history of the clown pantalone figurine 139 20000
$49.95
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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 Welsh Corgi Spring Robin Figurines 2559  2558 RARE one wk
royal doulton welsh corgi spring robin figurines 2559 2558 rare one wk
$454.99
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RARE 2yr ONLY translucent ETC Royal Doulton Alice in Wonderland UGLY DUCHESS jug
rare 2yr only translucent etc royal doulton alice in wonderland ugly duchess jug
$90.00
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ROYAL DOULTON KINGSWARE MEMORIES 18TH CENTURY WHISKY WATER PITCHER JUG RARE
royal doulton kingsware memories 18th century whisky water pitcher jug rare
$199.95
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RARE ANTIQUE ROYAL WINSOR STAFFORDSHIRE CHARACTER JUG  FARMER
rare antique royal winsor staffordshire character jug farmer
$24.95
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ROYAL DOULTON VINTAGE FIGURINE PRISCILLA HN 1559 RARE 81 Years Old Purple Colo
royal doulton vintage figurine priscilla hn 1559 rare 81 years old purple colo
$550.00
quality
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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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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Royal Doulton Rare Large Character Jug Sairey Gamp A MARK w Eyes Up MINT
royal doulton rare large character jug sairey gamp a mark w eyes up mint
$55.21
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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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Vintage 1981 Royal Doulton Huckleberry Finn Fishing Figurine RARE
vintage 1981 royal doulton huckleberry finn fishing figurine rare
$49.95
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VINTAGE MARBLE LIDDED TRINKET BOX ELEGANT TOP ROYAL FAMILY RARE UNUSUAL
vintage marble lidded trinket box elegant top royal family rare unusual
$35.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Kingsware Flask Tony Weller Dewars Whisky
rare royal doulton kingsware flask tony weller dewars whisky
$495.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Kingsware Flask Ben Johnson Dewars Whisky
rare royal doulton kingsware flask ben johnson dewars whisky
$325.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Kingsware Flask George the Guard Dewars Whisky
rare royal doulton kingsware flask george the guard dewars whisky
$795.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Clown Bunnykin DB 129 Black Ruff Limited Edition of 250
royal doulton rare clown bunnykin db 129 black ruff limited edition of 250
$599.99
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Robin Hood Royal Doulton LARGE Character Toby Jug D6527 Lot RARE
robin hood royal doulton large character toby jug d6527 lot rare
$99.00
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
$33.99
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Knud Kyhn Stoneware Brown Bear Sitting  20206 Superb
rare royal copenhagen knud kyhn stoneware brown bear sitting 20206 superb
$299.00
quality
Rare  Vintage Set of 3 ROYAL CROWN ARNART Coffee Cups
rare vintage set of 3 royal crown arnart coffee cups
$50.00
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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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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 Boy with Turban HN1212 Royal Doulton Figurine By Leslie Harradine
rare boy with turban hn1212 royal doulton figurine by leslie harradine
$1,150.00
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Rare Royal Doulton The Leisure Hour Woman Reading Book Figurine HN2055
rare royal doulton the leisure hour woman reading book figurine hn2055
$79.99
quality
Rare and Vintage Royal Doulton Mr Micawber Square Plate D5175
rare and vintage royal doulton mr micawber square plate d5175
$33.33
quality
ROYAL DOULTON OLD CHARLEY TEAPOT PITCHER CIRCA 1941 VERY RARE
royal doulton old charley teapot pitcher circa 1941 very rare
$799.99
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Royal Copenhagens 1973 Going Home for Christmas Collectors plate RARE
royal copenhagens 1973 going home for christmas collectors plate rare
$19.00
quality
RARE BRADFORD EXCHANGE ROYAL WORCESTER HOPE FOR TOMORROW PLATE 538 2000
rare bradford exchange royal worcester hope for tomorrow plate 538 2000
$9.99
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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
quality
Rare 1920s Royal Doulton Shakespeare Series Plate Wolsey D3746
rare 1920s royal doulton shakespeare series plate wolsey d3746
$87.49
quality
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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Royal Doulton Mini Toby Jug Sairey Gamp D6045 Rare ETC China
royal doulton mini toby jug sairey gamp d6045 rare etc china
$19.99
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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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RARE 6 plate complete set Royal Copenhagen National Parks of America
rare 6 plate complete set royal copenhagen national parks of america
$175.00
quality
Royal Doulton Rare Organ Grinder Figurine HN 2173
royal doulton rare organ grinder figurine hn 2173
$767.00
quality
Royal Copenhagen Rare Art Nouveau Vase Dogwood Mark Dates 1889 1922
royal copenhagen rare art nouveau vase dogwood mark dates 1889 1922
$29.00
quality
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
quality
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
$19.99
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Antique VERY Rare Grannys Shawl Royal Doulton Figurines Number 15 HN1647
antique very rare grannys shawl royal doulton figurines number 15 hn1647
$650.00
quality
Rare Wandering Minstrel Royal Doulton Loving Cup NO RESERVE
rare wandering minstrel royal doulton loving cup no reserve
$699.00
quality
Royal Doulton China Charlotte Rare Vintage Cups Saucers
royal doulton china charlotte rare vintage cups saucers
$125.99
quality
Rare Antique ROYAL CROWNFORD CHARLOTTE STAFFORDSHIRE PITCHER ENGLAND
rare antique royal crownford charlotte staffordshire pitcher england
$40.00
quality
RARE Royal Doulton Bunnykins AFTERNOON TEA bone china cup mug Made in England
rare royal doulton bunnykins afternoon tea bone china cup mug made in england
$19.95
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RARE Art Deco Royal Rochester Fraunfelter Coffee Pot no plug and sugar bowl
rare art deco royal rochester fraunfelter coffee pot no plug and sugar bowl
$500.00
quality
Rare Retired Royal Doulton Bone China Pretty Ladies Gabriella HN 4837 MINT
rare retired royal doulton bone china pretty ladies gabriella hn 4837 mint
$64.56
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Mr Pickwick Queensware Whisky Flask Dickens Whiskey
rare royal doulton mr pickwick queensware whisky flask dickens whiskey
$459.00
quality
Rare Royal Copenhagen Standing Duck Figurine 1941Perfect Co
rare royal copenhagen standing duck figurine 1941perfect co
$45.99
quality
Antique Royal Doulton West Highland Terrier 1931 Mint Very Rare
antique royal doulton west highland terrier 1931 mint very rare
$139.00
quality
LARGE Desperate Dan Character Toby Jug D7006 By Royal Doulton ULTRA RARE
large desperate dan character toby jug d7006 by royal doulton ultra rare
$199.00
quality
Rare And Collectible Royal Doulton Peggie Davis September 1987 HN3166
rare and collectible royal doulton peggie davis september 1987 hn3166
$95.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG JUG LARGE GRANNY A MARK MINT rare
royal doulton toby mug jug large granny a mark mint rare
$34.95
quality
Royal Doulton Christmas Morn 1946 Rare and Collectible
royal doulton christmas morn 1946 rare and collectible
$150.00
quality
Royal Doulton Day Dreams Rdno 907474 Rare And Collectible
royal doulton day dreams rdno 907474 rare and collectible
$250.00
quality

Rare Royal Albert Beatrix Potter Teapot Bone China 1988
rare royal albert beatrix potter teapot bone china 1988
$25.00
quality
Rare Large Royal Doulton Character Jug King Charles I Toby Mug D6917 With COA
rare large royal doulton character jug king charles i toby mug d6917 with coa
$349.99
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON  HUDSONS BAY COMPANY  KINGSWARE SCOTCH WHISKY FLASK JUG
rare royal doulton hudsons bay company kingsware scotch whisky flask jug
$1,000.00
quality
Royal Doulton Bonjour HN1888 Bone China 1942 Figurine 725 Signed EX RARE
royal doulton bonjour hn1888 bone china 1942 figurine 725 signed ex rare
$1,813.50
quality
Royal Worcester rare Colourway Queen Victoria 1887 Worcester Plate
royal worcester rare colourway queen victoria 1887 worcester plate
$88.18
quality
Rare Large Royal Doulton Character Jug Regency Beau Toby Mug D6559
rare large royal doulton character jug regency beau toby mug d6559
$469.99
quality
R1244 RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE BEEFEATER VAR3 ER D 6206 MINT
r1244 rare royal doulton figurine beefeater var3 er d 6206 mint
$50.00
quality
R1400 ROYAL DOULTON RARE RDICC LIMITED EDITION PAMELA FIGURINE HN3756 MINT
r1400 royal doulton rare rdicc limited edition pamela figurine hn3756 mint
$74.95
quality
R1627 RARE ROYAL DOULTON BIRDS BUDGERIGARS ON A TREE STUMP FIGURINE HN2547 MINT
r1627 rare royal doulton birds budgerigars on a tree stump figurine hn2547 mint
$299.95
quality
R1607 RARE ROYAL DOULTON MEDITATION FIGURINE HN2330 MINT CONDITION
r1607 rare royal doulton meditation figurine hn2330 mint condition
$99.95
quality
R1662 RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE LAMBING TIME HN1890 MINT CONDITION
r1662 rare royal doulton figurine lambing time hn1890 mint condition
$84.95
quality
Rare Antique Photograph 3 Bikes Henry Hargreaves Bicycle Maker Royal Progress
rare antique photograph 3 bikes henry hargreaves bicycle maker royal progress
$104.21
quality
Rare Deluxe Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation Red Loving Cup by Royal Albert
rare deluxe queen elizabeth ii 1953 coronation red loving cup by royal albert
$256.52
quality
Museum Rare 1898 HENRY HARGREAVES  Royal Progress Bicycle Exhibition Photograph
museum rare 1898 henry hargreaves royal progress bicycle exhibition photograph
$360.73
quality
RARE Vintage Royal Crown Wild Pheasant Bird Figurine J Byron Signed
rare vintage royal crown wild pheasant bird figurine j byron signed
$39.95
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON BORZOI  CAT 8
rare royal doulton borzoi cat 8
$350.00
quality
Rare Trial Oscar Wilde D7146 Large Royal Doulton Character Jug
rare trial oscar wilde d7146 large royal doulton character jug
$995.00
quality
VTG RARE England FILLERYS TOFFEES THE DEVONPORT TO LONDON ROYAL MAIL COACH L
vtg rare england fillerys toffees the devonport to london royal mail coach l
$20.00
quality
Royal Canadian Navy HMCS Beaver S10 Z10 Wood Plaque Rare Vintage
royal canadian navy hmcs beaver s10 z10 wood plaque rare vintage
$60.00
quality
RARE Harry Potter Royal Doulton 2001 RON AND SCABBERS MINT NEW
rare harry potter royal doulton 2001 ron and scabbers mint new
$59.99
quality
Rare Royal Blue Pottsville Pa High School 1944 Denim Cloth Hat
rare royal blue pottsville pa high school 1944 denim cloth hat
$22.50
quality
RARE+VINTAGE Set of 6 Royal Copenhagen Collectible Plates Plaques
rare+vintage set of 6 royal copenhagen collectible plates plaques
$59.95
quality
Royal Doulton Carol Singer Bunnykin RARE only 300 worldwide
royal doulton carol singer bunnykin rare only 300 worldwide
$325.00
quality
Zenith Royal 500 Distance Radio Working Rare
zenith royal 500 distance radio working rare
$99.99
quality
7 quarter  Royal Doulton Falconer Toby Mug HN D6800 New Colourway 1987 Limited RARE
7 quarter royal doulton falconer toby mug hn d6800 new colourway 1987 limited rare
$59.95
quality
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
quality
WWII US Navy SPOTTER RECOGNITION Miniature Royal British Naval Ship Models Rare
wwii us navy spotter recognition miniature royal british naval ship models rare
$675.00
quality
Rare Early Royal Doulton Simon The Cellarer  Toby Mug Large Early A Mark
rare early royal doulton simon the cellarer toby mug large early a mark
$39.99
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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