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1851 ROYAL DOULTON LONG JOHN SILVER PIRATE MUG COLLECTIBLERARE PIRATE NUMD
1851 royal doulton long john silver pirate mug collectiblerare pirate numd
$70.00
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1995 Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate The Manor House RARE
1995 royal copenhagen christmas plate the manor house rare
$49.99
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VINTAGE RARE ROYAL DOULTON DICKENSWARE SAIREY GAMP 1922 1932 HN533
vintage rare royal doulton dickensware sairey gamp 1922 1932 hn533
$25.00
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RARE OLD CHARLEY ROYAL DOULTON TEAPOT OUTSTANDING CONDITION
rare old charley royal doulton teapot outstanding condition
$1,495.00
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RARE MDOULTON SIGNED Royal Doulton 2010 BEEFEATER Toby Character MUG 7
rare mdoulton signed royal doulton 2010 beefeater toby character mug 7
$157.21
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ROYAL DOULTON SMALL SANDEMAN DECANTER RARE
royal doulton small sandeman decanter rare
$30.00
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Toby Mug Royal Doulton Large Jug Sir John Falstaff Copr 1949 D6287 Limited Rare
toby mug royal doulton large jug sir john falstaff copr 1949 d6287 limited rare
$35.99
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RARE Vintage O  EG Royal Austria SALT  PEPPER Shakers Oscar  Edgar Gutherz
rare vintage o eg royal austria salt pepper shakers oscar edgar gutherz
$23.00
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ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER JUG RARE MID SIZE BUZFUZ D5838
royal doulton character jug rare mid size buzfuz d5838
$50.00
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RARE 1920 1930 King Chr X on Horse Commemorative Plate ROYAL COPENHAGEN
rare 1920 1930 king chr x on horse commemorative plate royal copenhagen
$129.99
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RARE Royal Doulton GLADIATOR D6556 MINI Toby Jug Character 2 5 8
rare royal doulton gladiator d6556 mini toby jug character 2 5 8
$119.00
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DEWARS WHISKY STONEWARE LARGE JUG BY ROYAL DOULTON 1910s MINT RARE PITCHER
dewars whisky stoneware large jug by royal doulton 1910s mint rare pitcher
$175.00
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Royal crownford RARE ivy rose design cat figurine
royal crownford rare ivy rose design cat figurine
$10.00
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ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND SMALL CHARACTER JUG PADDY WHITE GLOSS V RARE
royal doulton england small character jug paddy white gloss v rare
$65.95
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2006 Royal Copenhagen Hearts of Christmas Ornament RARE
2006 royal copenhagen hearts of christmas ornament rare
$44.99
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RARE Royal Doulton 1967 LOBSTER MAN Toby Character Jug 8 SIGNED By M DOULTON
rare royal doulton 1967 lobster man toby character jug 8 signed by m doulton
$127.46
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Rare Royal Doulton Bullfinch Figurine K31 1940 1946 Perfect and No Reserve
rare royal doulton bullfinch figurine k31 1940 1946 perfect and no reserve
$91.01
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Rare Masterpiece Royal Doulton Madonna of the Square HD2034
rare masterpiece royal doulton madonna of the square hd2034
$180.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Crackle Blue Bowl With Bright Gold
rare royal copenhagen crackle blue bowl with bright gold
$20.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON LOVE LETTER HN 2149 HN2149 550+
rare royal doulton love letter hn 2149 hn2149 550+
$299.96
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RARE Royal Doulton 1979 FALSTAFF Character Toby Jug SIGNED By M DOULTON 85
rare royal doulton 1979 falstaff character toby jug signed by m doulton 85
$140.21
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine Top O The Hill HN 1849 L Harradine
rare royal doulton figurine top o the hill hn 1849 l harradine
$75.65
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Royal Doulton LION ON ROCK HN2641 collectible RARE figurine statue
royal doulton lion on rock hn2641 collectible rare figurine statue
$600.00
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Goebel West Germany Royal Starling Vintage Rare Decorative Collectible
goebel west germany royal starling vintage rare decorative collectible
$17.95
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Royal Doulton VERY RARE BLUE PANTS Jolly Toby Jug ETC TRANSLUCENT CHINA D 6109
royal doulton very rare blue pants jolly toby jug etc translucent china d 6109
$139.99
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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 Vintage ROYAL COPENHAGEN Pekingese Dog Porcelain Figurine Puppy FREE SHIP
rare vintage royal copenhagen pekingese dog porcelain figurine puppy free ship
$289.99
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rare vintage Royal Doulton Henry VIII jug EXCELLENT condition
rare vintage royal doulton henry viii jug excellent condition
$65.00
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RARE Brambly Hedge Royal Doulton Full Size COFFEE POT JILL BARKLEM
rare brambly hedge royal doulton full size coffee pot jill barklem
$280.00
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Rare ROYAL COPENHAGEN 3014 Brown Bear Figure Figurine Statue FREE SHIPPING
rare royal copenhagen 3014 brown bear figure figurine statue free shipping
$57.94
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine  Christmas Day 2010 HN5379  NIB Highly Collectible
rare royal doulton figurine christmas day 2010 hn5379 nib highly collectible
$199.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN TEA CUP IN RARE PATTERN GOLDEN HORNS
royal copenhagen tea cup in rare pattern golden horns
$9.99
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RARE Royal Doulton The JESTER Small Character Jug
rare royal doulton the jester small character jug
$120.00
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Set 2 ROYAL GRAFTON FINE BONE CHINA MUGS ENGLAND Columbus Landing VERY RARE
set 2 royal grafton fine bone china mugs england columbus landing very rare
$34.95
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Royal Doulton Blue Children Two Girls Talking to a Tiny Witch vase rare
royal doulton blue children two girls talking to a tiny witch vase rare
$399.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Daschund Dog Figurine Small HN1141
rare royal doulton daschund dog figurine small hn1141
$249.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS 3 PIECE PLACE SETTING WONDERFUL RARE LTD 1936
royal doulton bunnykins 3 piece place setting wonderful rare ltd 1936
$50.11
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG THE BOOT MAKER RARE VNTG LIMITED ED NR
royal doulton toby mug the boot maker rare vntg limited ed nr
$71.99
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Royal Doulton June Figurine HN1947 Rare Up for 2 weeks only
royal doulton june figurine hn1947 rare up for 2 weeks only
$539.99
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Royal Doulton Toby Mug Character Jar BEEFEATERS COPR 1946 Mint 7Tall Rare Large
royal doulton toby mug character jar beefeaters copr 1946 mint 7tall rare large
$58.51
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Royal Doulton Old Meg Matte Figurine rare
royal doulton old meg matte figurine rare
$49.99
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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 SAIREY GAMP D6045 Miniature Toby Mug Jug Made in England VERY RARE
royal doulton sairey gamp d6045 miniature toby mug jug made in england very rare
$14.00
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Royal Doulton Don Quixote D6511 Miniature Toby Mug Jug Made in England VERY RARE
royal doulton don quixote d6511 miniature toby mug jug made in england very rare
$18.00
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Rare Royal Dux Art Nouveau Dog Figure of Hound c 1920 Austrian Pottery
rare royal dux art nouveau dog figure of hound c 1920 austrian pottery
$800.00
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa Victorian 2nd 500 1653P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa victorian 2nd 500 1653p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa Civil War 2nd 500 1660P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa civil war 2nd 500 1660p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa Soda Pop 2nd 500 1658P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa soda pop 2nd 500 1658p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa Medieval 2nd 500 1654P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa medieval 2nd 500 1654p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa Russian 2nd 500 1655P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa russian 2nd 500 1655p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa Kris Kringle 2nd 500 1657P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa kris kringle 2nd 500 1657p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa St Nicholas 2nd 500 1650P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa st nicholas 2nd 500 1650p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa Dedt Moroz 2nd 500 1651P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa dedt moroz 2nd 500 1651p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa Black Peter 2nd 500 1652P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa black peter 2nd 500 1652p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa Wassail 2nd 500 1656P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa wassail 2nd 500 1656p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Duncan Royale 1983 History Of Santa Pioneer 2nd 500 1659P Ltd Ed RARE
duncan royale 1983 history of santa pioneer 2nd 500 1659p ltd ed rare
$44.99
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Harmony Kingdom Friend Of The Royal Watch Toucans RW CC 1998 Mbrs Exc NIB RARE
harmony kingdom friend of the royal watch toucans rw cc 1998 mbrs exc nib rare
$125.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FAT BOY JOE MINIATURE TOBY MUG 1939 1956
rare royal doulton fat boy joe miniature toby mug 1939 1956
$125.00
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RARE Royal Doulton SWEET SIXTEEN HN2231 Dated 1957 MINT CONDITION
rare royal doulton sweet sixteen hn2231 dated 1957 mint condition
$400.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Tobacco Jar Searching for Gulliver Pocket Watch Snuff
very rare royal doulton tobacco jar searching for gulliver pocket watch snuff
$250.00
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RARE VINTAGE LLADRO ROYAL PEACOCK VASE TWO SIDED HAND MADE IN SPAIN 10 X 7 X5
rare vintage lladro royal peacock vase two sided hand made in spain 10 x 7 x5
$379.99
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Rare Royal Doulton The Family Album HN 2321 Figurine
rare royal doulton the family album hn 2321 figurine
$289.00
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Antique ROYAL DOULTON Figurine PRISCILLA by Harradine Miniature Ladies M 14 RARE
antique royal doulton figurine priscilla by harradine miniature ladies m 14 rare
$525.00
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Royal Doulton GONE AWAY D6538 Miniature Toby Mug Jug Made in England VERY RARE
royal doulton gone away d6538 miniature toby mug jug made in england very rare
$26.00
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Royal Doulton Robin Hood D6541 Miniature Toby Mug Jug Made in England VERY RARE
royal doulton robin hood d6541 miniature toby mug jug made in england very rare
$14.00
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Royal Doulton Porthos D6516 Miniature Toby Mug Jug Made in England VERY RARE
royal doulton porthos d6516 miniature toby mug jug made in england very rare
$28.00
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Royal Doulton CARDINAL D6129 Miniature Toby Mug Jug Made in England VERY RARE
royal doulton cardinal d6129 miniature toby mug jug made in england very rare
$35.00
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Royal Doulton BEEFEATER D6251 Miniature Toby Mug Jug Made in England VERY RARE
royal doulton beefeater d6251 miniature toby mug jug made in england very rare
$20.00
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Royal Doulton THE MAD HATTER D6606 RARE Miniature Toby Mug Jug Made in England
royal doulton the mad hatter d6606 rare miniature toby mug jug made in england
$30.00
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Royal Doulton The Sleuth D6639 Var 1 RARE Miniature Toby Mug Jug Made in England
royal doulton the sleuth d6639 var 1 rare miniature toby mug jug made in england
$25.00
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Bowl Peter Rabbit Bone China ORIGINAL A ISSUE RARE
royal doulton bunnykins bowl peter rabbit bone china original a issue rare
$26.50
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Rare 1949 Royal Doulton Figures Collectors Book Number One VG+ Condition
rare 1949 royal doulton figures collectors book number one vg+ condition
$15.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Caulton England Est 1774 Bentick X2279 Plate Platter A2
rare vintage royal caulton england est 1774 bentick x2279 plate platter a2
$21.99
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RARE PAIR ROYAL COPENHAGEN SIAMESE CATS KITTENS FIGURINES DENMARK TN 328half 862
rare pair royal copenhagen siamese cats kittens figurines denmark tn 328half 862
$122.22
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BEAUTIFUL VINTAGE RARE ROYAL DOULTON VALENTINES DAY PLATE 1978
beautiful vintage rare royal doulton valentines day plate 1978
$9.99
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Duncan Royale Santas THE MAGI RARE Limited Collectible porcelain figurine NOS
duncan royale santas the magi rare limited collectible porcelain figurine nos
$99.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Bing Grondahl Bunny Rabbit Figurine 2422 Mint Denmark
rare royal copenhagen bing grondahl bunny rabbit figurine 2422 mint denmark
$87.88
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Rare Home Interior Clear Tall Royal Lace Votive 1
rare home interior clear tall royal lace votive 1
$4.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON LOVE LETTER HN 2149
rare royal doulton love letter hn 2149
$120.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine VIOLA DAMORE 7 of 750 1975 Original Box
rare royal doulton figurine viola damore 7 of 750 1975 original box
$239.93
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Royal Doulton Debbie Figurine Rare Pink
royal doulton debbie figurine rare pink
$84.00
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NEW RARE 1979ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE PORCELAIN DECOR THE BRIDE ANTIQUE VINTAGE
new rare 1979royal doulton figurine porcelain decor the bride antique vintage
$138.90
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OLD ENGLISH ROSE by ROYAL ALBERT SUGAR  CREAMERENGLANDVINTAGERARE
old english rose by royal albert sugar creamerenglandvintagerare
$29.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON LARGE CHARACTER TOBY JUG GRANNY D5521
rare royal doulton large character toby jug granny d5521
$75.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Miniature Toby Jug Pied Piper D6514
rare royal doulton miniature toby jug pied piper d6514
$85.00
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Royal Doulton Mother And Daughter Figurine Rare HN2841 HN 2841 RARE
royal doulton mother and daughter figurine rare hn2841 hn 2841 rare
$99.00
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Austin Productions Sculptures Gargoyals  Griffins Royal Griffin 3360 Rare 1985
austin productions sculptures gargoyals griffins royal griffin 3360 rare 1985
$200.00
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Rare Royal Doulton King John D7125 Collectors Club Character Jug 1999
rare royal doulton king john d7125 collectors club character jug 1999
$62.00
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Royal Doulton Viking Figurine HN2375 Made in 1972 Rare Matte Finish 875H
royal doulton viking figurine hn2375 made in 1972 rare matte finish 875h
$74.99
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Royal Doulton England White Bull Terrier K14 1940 1959 Rare Vintage Dog
royal doulton england white bull terrier k14 1940 1959 rare vintage dog
$150.00
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RARE Madame Alexander 8 Doll OLD COUNTRY ROSES w Royal Albert Doulton Ornament
rare madame alexander 8 doll old country roses w royal albert doulton ornament
$445.95
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Rare Girl Sitting with Flowers Royal Copenhagen Figurine 1473 Signed
rare girl sitting with flowers royal copenhagen figurine 1473 signed
$60.00
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ROYAL CRAWFORD NORMAN SHERMAN MOTHER PLATE RAREVINTAGE  COLLECTIBLE
royal crawford norman sherman mother plate rarevintage collectible
$14.44
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Georgiana HN 2093 Perfect Condition
rare royal doulton figurine georgiana hn 2093 perfect condition
$659.00
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YOKO SHIMADA SHOGUN Japanese Actress Sexy Kir Royal Photo Book RARE
yoko shimada shogun japanese actress sexy kir royal photo book rare
$28.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine ROSEMARY HN2091 Rare Made Only 1952 59 Excellent NoReserv
royal doulton figurine rosemary hn2091 rare made only 1952 59 excellent noreserv
$164.95
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1925 Royal Courts Gorgeous Aktieb JO berg  Son Rare Playing Cards No Indices
1925 royal courts gorgeous aktieb jo berg son rare playing cards no indices
$170.00
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Royal Doulton Large Character JugsRare Beefeaters Backstamp
royal doulton large character jugsrare beefeaters backstamp
$68.99
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WWI Rare Old Bulgarian German Royal Military Medal WW1
wwi rare old bulgarian german royal military medal ww1
$24.90
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Rare Old Bulgarian Royal Military Medal Balkan War 1912 1913
rare old bulgarian royal military medal balkan war 1912 1913
$24.90
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Royal Doulton Nursery Ware Pastime Series Plate RARE
royal doulton nursery ware pastime series plate rare
$50.00
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Rare Wandering Minstrel Royal Doulton Loving Cup NO RESERVE
rare wandering minstrel royal doulton loving cup no reserve
$899.00
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The Pink Panther Royal Orleans bowl NIB Unused no K10621 japan Very rare
the pink panther royal orleans bowl nib unused no k10621 japan very rare
$149.99
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WOW Mega rare antique LeRoy Palais Royal self strike repeater carriage clock
wow mega rare antique leroy palais royal self strike repeater carriage clock
$3,350.00
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lot of 50 Rare Crown JEWEL Drink mix Bags Crown Royal Purple Embriored FeltBags
lot of 50 rare crown jewel drink mix bags crown royal purple embriored feltbags
$25.00
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R1605 RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HAPPY ANNIVERSARY HN3097 MINT CONDITION
r1605 rare royal doulton figurine happy anniversary hn3097 mint condition
$49.95
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R1604 RARE ROYAL DOULTON JENNIFER FIGURINE HN2392 MINT CONDITION
r1604 rare royal doulton jennifer figurine hn2392 mint condition
$49.95
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R1603 RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER JUG LARGE MAD HATTER MINT CONDITION
r1603 rare royal doulton character jug large mad hatter mint condition
$59.95
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R1606 RARE ROYAL DOULTON RHAPSODY FIGURINE HN2267 MINT CONDITION
r1606 rare royal doulton rhapsody figurine hn2267 mint condition
$49.95
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Crown Royal XR Empty Bottle Bag and Box Red Crown Royal Extra Rare
crown royal xr empty bottle bag and box red crown royal extra rare
$34.99
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VINTAGE WOODEN ROYAL CROWN COLA CRATE NEW YORK MILLSUTICA NY ++RARE++ 18X11X11
vintage wooden royal crown cola crate new york millsutica ny ++rare++ 18x11x11
$35.00
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Vintage RARE MANUAL ROYAL EXPRESS TYPEWRITER IN CARRYING CASE  INSTRUCTIONS
vintage rare manual royal express typewriter in carrying case instructions
$169.95
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VINTAGE MUGS ROYALE JAPAN HAND CRAFTED XMAS TEA SET RARE HERITAGE SCENERY
vintage mugs royale japan hand crafted xmas tea set rare heritage scenery
$35.99
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VINTAGE 4 SUPER RARE CROWN ROYAL FROSTED ROCKS GLASSES PURPLE BASES GOLD PRINT
vintage 4 super rare crown royal frosted rocks glasses purple bases gold print
$39.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine In The Stocks HN 2163
rare royal doulton figurine in the stocks hn 2163
$479.00
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Rare Vintage EN AR CO can Royal
rare vintage en ar co can royal
$25.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE BELLE O THE BALL HN1997
rare royal doulton figurine belle o the ball hn1997
$99.99
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Royal Doulton GISELLE Figurine HN2139 RARE EARLY EDITION
royal doulton giselle figurine hn2139 rare early edition
$99.99
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VERY RARE LEM WARD SIGNED ed HN 3516 ROYAL DOULTON FEMALE PINTAIL DUCK DECOY
very rare lem ward signed ed hn 3516 royal doulton female pintail duck decoy
$50.00
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HUGE 40 X28 CROWN ROYAL BAR MIRROR WOOD FRAME RARE LIQUOR WHISKY SIGN VTG NEW
huge 40 x28 crown royal bar mirror wood frame rare liquor whisky sign vtg new
$195.00
quality
Vintage Royal Canadian Crown Royal Whisky Michigan Mirror Sign Rare
vintage royal canadian crown royal whisky michigan mirror sign rare
$29.99
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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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