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Rare Signed Bird Figurine by Royal Copenhagen 410
rare signed bird figurine by royal copenhagen 410
$33.00
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BG ROYAL COPENHAGEN FIGURINE  1648 TOM  WILLY 75 DENMARK MINT RARE
bg royal copenhagen figurine 1648 tom willy 75 denmark mint rare
$175.00
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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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2 Rare Large Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Heron Bird Figurines
2 rare large royal copenhagen porcelain heron bird figurines
$425.00
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Vintage Royal Crown Ceramic Duck Signed J Byron RARE Ducklings Figurine
vintage royal crown ceramic duck signed j byron rare ducklings figurine
$16.95
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RARE LG 1930S ROYAL DOULTON CHARRINGTON TOBY ALE TOBY JUG MUG PITCHER 9 quarter
rare lg 1930s royal doulton charrington toby ale toby jug mug pitcher 9 quarter
$275.00
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ROYAL DOULTON Fleur Rare HN4663
royal doulton fleur rare hn4663
$39.99
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VERY RARE 1936 ROYAL DOULTON CURLY KNOB FIGURINE HN 1627
very rare 1936 royal doulton curly knob figurine hn 1627
$399.95
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Royal Copenhagen 465 DOE female deer VERY Rare 1249465 10 tall retired
royal copenhagen 465 doe female deer very rare 1249465 10 tall retired
$499.99
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RARE Mid Century Royal Copenhagen JUS Figurine BOY w Fish Bud Vase
rare mid century royal copenhagen jus figurine boy w fish bud vase
$59.99
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RARE Royal Doulton  Christmas Time Bone China Figurine 1953 1959
rare royal doulton christmas time bone china figurine 1953 1959
$75.00
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Royal Doulton Little Child so rare and sweet HN 1540 Excellent Condition
royal doulton little child so rare and sweet hn 1540 excellent condition
$750.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Bunnykins Vernon Childs Warming Feeding Dish
rare royal doulton bunnykins vernon childs warming feeding dish
$125.00
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Royal Dutch Silverworks Elweretta Line  Forks  Spoons Rare Spinning Windmill
royal dutch silverworks elweretta line forks spoons rare spinning windmill
$19.99
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ROYAL DOULTON SUMMERS DAY FIGURINE RARE 1991 1ST YEAR HN 3378 HAND MADE PAINTED
royal doulton summers day figurine rare 1991 1st year hn 3378 hand made painted
$95.00
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ROYAL DOULTON COUNTRY ROSE FIGURINE RARE 1988 DAVIES HN 3221 HAND MADE PAINTED
royal doulton country rose figurine rare 1988 davies hn 3221 hand made painted
$85.00
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ROYAL DOULTON SOIREE FIGURINE RARE 1966 HN 2312 HAND MADE PAINTED
royal doulton soiree figurine rare 1966 hn 2312 hand made painted
$55.00
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RARE Set of 1889 1922  ROYAL COPENHAGEN  Three Wise Men Porcelain Candlesticks
rare set of 1889 1922 royal copenhagen three wise men porcelain candlesticks
$129.99
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Rare 1901 Royal Doulton Watchman What of the Night Covered Sugar Bowl
rare 1901 royal doulton watchman what of the night covered sugar bowl
$65.00
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ULTRA RARE Art Deco Antique Royal Doulton Green  Black Bird Vase D4080
ultra rare art deco antique royal doulton green black bird vase d4080
$399.99
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Royal Doulton Charrington Variation 2 Rare Made in England
royal doulton charrington variation 2 rare made in england
$260.00
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Royal Doulton Cliff Cornell Large Toby Jug Dark Blue Suit 1956 Rare
royal doulton cliff cornell large toby jug dark blue suit 1956 rare
$120.00
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Royal Doulton Cliff Cornell Large Toby Jug Dark Brown Suit 1956 Rare
royal doulton cliff cornell large toby jug dark brown suit 1956 rare
$120.00
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Royal Doulton Happy John Large Toby Rare Made in England D6031
royal doulton happy john large toby rare made in england d6031
$50.00
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Royal Doulton Cliff Cornell Large Toby Jug Light Brown Suit 1956 Rare
royal doulton cliff cornell large toby jug light brown suit 1956 rare
$300.00
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Royal Doulton Sir John Falstaff Toby Rare Made in England D6062
royal doulton sir john falstaff toby rare made in england d6062
$60.00
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Royal Doulton Charrington Variation 1 Rare Made in England
royal doulton charrington variation 1 rare made in england
$200.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Wizard HN4069 Ltd Edition 231 1500 Rare Light Blue Color
royal doulton figurine wizard hn4069 ltd edition 231 1500 rare light blue color
$200.00
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Royal Doulton Sir Francis Drake Large Toby Rare Made in England D6660
royal doulton sir francis drake large toby rare made in england d6660
$60.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN RARE OVERGLAZED FIGURE GIRL WITH GOLDEN HORN LOOK WOW
royal copenhagen rare overglazed figure girl with golden horn look wow
$224.99
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Royal Doulton Mug John Beswick Scrooge Visited by Ghost of Past 1975 RARE
royal doulton mug john beswick scrooge visited by ghost of past 1975 rare
$32.50
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Vtg Royal Copenhagen Frosty Snowman Porcelain Hand Painted Rare
vtg royal copenhagen frosty snowman porcelain hand painted rare
$225.00
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RARE ROYAL BLUE VANITY TRAY ART DECO STYLE
rare royal blue vanity tray art deco style
$85.00
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Antique Royal Doulton England Kiwi Birds Large Milk Jug Pitcher RARE
antique royal doulton england kiwi birds large milk jug pitcher rare
$49.99
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VINTAGE Avon Cologne Royale Roses Roses Rare 1 fl oz New without Box NWOB
vintage avon cologne royale roses roses rare 1 fl oz new without box nwob
$12.95
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RARE SAIREY GAMP MINI ROYAL DOULTON TOBY GEORGIAN CLAY MUG MADE FROM 1939 1969
rare sairey gamp mini royal doulton toby georgian clay mug made from 1939 1969
$19.49
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG JUG SAIREY GAMP TOOTHPICK HOLDER RARE
royal doulton toby mug jug sairey gamp toothpick holder rare
$49.99
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Rare Olympic Games RCR Royal Crystal Rock Italy Jewelry Trinket Stash Box Dish
rare olympic games rcr royal crystal rock italy jewelry trinket stash box dish
$39.99
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Rare Vin tage Royal Doulton Figure Cerise HN 1607
rare vin tage royal doulton figure cerise hn 1607
$200.00
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PIXIE DUNCAN ROYALE HISTORY OF SANTA CLAUS PEWTER COLLECTION NOS 500 RARE
pixie duncan royale history of santa claus pewter collection nos 500 rare
$29.98
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Duncan Royale Civil War Santa Figure History of Santa Claus 12 Figure RARE
duncan royale civil war santa figure history of santa claus 12 figure rare
$17.50
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON School Master Bunnykins Figurine Beatrix Potter
rare royal doulton school master bunnykins figurine beatrix potter
$35.95
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHERUB BELL THE SPEECH OF ANGELS GLAD TIDINGS MINT
rare royal doulton cherub bell the speech of angels glad tidings mint
$125.00
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RARE 1949 BG Royal Copenhagen King Frederik IX Denmark Miniature Plate
rare 1949 bg royal copenhagen king frederik ix denmark miniature plate
$69.95
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Robin Hood Royal Doulton Figurine HN2773 RARE Collectible Gift From 1984
robin hood royal doulton figurine hn2773 rare collectible gift from 1984
$98.95
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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
$75.00
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Royal grace japan potpourri bowl dish holder fine China holed lid very rare
royal grace japan potpourri bowl dish holder fine china holed lid very rare
$28.00
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Royal Doulton Porcelain Figurine FALSTAFF HN2054 COPR 1949 Beautiful Very Rare
royal doulton porcelain figurine falstaff hn2054 copr 1949 beautiful very rare
$49.99
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RARE 1959 Christmas Night ROYAL COPENHAGEN Denmark HANS H HANSEN Plate
rare 1959 christmas night royal copenhagen denmark hans h hansen plate
$80.00
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Duncan Royale MEDIEVAL SANTA CLAUS 11 musical Figurine RARE Silent Night
duncan royale medieval santa claus 11 musical figurine rare silent night
$199.00
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Rare 1961 The Training Ship Royal Copenhagen Kai Lange Christmas Plate
rare 1961 the training ship royal copenhagen kai lange christmas plate
$60.00
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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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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
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1940 Royal doulton chloe figurine hn 1765 rare porcelain lady amazing colors vtg
1940 royal doulton chloe figurine hn 1765 rare porcelain lady amazing colors vtg
$150.00
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Rare Beautiful Royal Copenhagen Swan 755 Vintage Mint Ready to ship
rare beautiful royal copenhagen swan 755 vintage mint ready to ship
$70.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Blue Flambe Sitting Cat Figurine
royal doulton rare blue flambe sitting cat figurine
$200.00
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RARE Royal Doulton CURLY LOCKS Figurine HN2049 Retired 1953 Damaged
rare royal doulton curly locks figurine hn2049 retired 1953 damaged
$68.50
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Royal Doulton Rare Drake Standing HN2635 Large 14
royal doulton rare drake standing hn2635 large 14
$600.00
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Children Dinnerware 3 piece Rare 2 Handle mug 1984
royal doulton bunnykins children dinnerware 3 piece rare 2 handle mug 1984
$10.00
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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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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN 1976 ZOOLOGISK HAVE KOBENHAVN ZOO ELEPHANT PLATE 7 DIA
rare royal copenhagen 1976 zoologisk have kobenhavn zoo elephant plate 7 dia
$79.99
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Gorgeous Rare Royal Doulton Plate in the Bottle Japan pattern Lustre borders
gorgeous rare royal doulton plate in the bottle japan pattern lustre borders
$85.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Tranquility HN 2469  RARE
royal doulton figurine tranquility hn 2469 rare
$299.00
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Vintage Royal Doulton bunnykins 1998 Jointed Bunny plush Rare 95
vintage royal doulton bunnykins 1998 jointed bunny plush rare 95
$11.95
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Duncan Royale Santas CHRISTMAS ANGEL Limited Collectible porcelain figurine rare
duncan royale santas christmas angel limited collectible porcelain figurine rare
$269.69
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG MUG FALSTAFF SIGNED BY MICHAEL DOULTON 1979 8 half  RARE
royal doulton toby jug mug falstaff signed by michael doulton 1979 8 half rare
$60.00
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Royal Copenhagen Plate 1919 In the Park Rare Weihnachten version  Blue Bird
royal copenhagen plate 1919 in the park rare weihnachten version blue bird
$79.00
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Royal Copenhagen Arje Griegst Triton Bowl 14173 Outstanding Quality Rare
royal copenhagen arje griegst triton bowl 14173 outstanding quality rare
$79.99
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Rare Royal Doulton The Family Album HN 2321 Figurine
rare royal doulton the family album hn 2321 figurine
$99.00
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Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge Lily Weaver Porcelain Figurine DBH19 Rare
royal doulton brambly hedge lily weaver porcelain figurine dbh19 rare
$89.95
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ROYAL DOULTON DACHSHUND VINTAGE RARE FIGURINE USED AS DISPLAY ONLY
royal doulton dachshund vintage rare figurine used as display only
$19.00
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RARE Vintage Royal Crownford Norma Sherman Coffee Cup Yesterdays Children Mug
rare vintage royal crownford norma sherman coffee cup yesterdays children mug
$15.99
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George Washington At Prayer Royal Doulton Sculpture Rare 99 Of Only 750 Made
george washington at prayer royal doulton sculpture rare 99 of only 750 made
$995.00
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RARE LARGE ROYAL DOULTON RED QUEEN CHARACTER JUG D 6777 MINT
rare large royal doulton red queen character jug d 6777 mint
$35.00
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Rare Vintage Coffee Mug Wisconsin Dells with Trivia Facts Royal blue and white
rare vintage coffee mug wisconsin dells with trivia facts royal blue and white
$25.00
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Unique Royal Cup Coffee1896 Mug Black Tan EUC advertisement collectible Rare
unique royal cup coffee1896 mug black tan euc advertisement collectible rare
$0.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Moorish Gateway Bowl
rare royal doulton moorish gateway bowl
$30.00
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Royal Copenhagen Little Girl w Goose 528 RARE Colorway Overglaze Figurine
royal copenhagen little girl w goose 528 rare colorway overglaze figurine
$139.95
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RARE REALISTICLY PRICED VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN FIGURINE 1847 THE NIGHTINGALE
rare realisticly priced vintage royal copenhagen figurine 1847 the nightingale
$75.00
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ROYAL VALE BONE CHINA COLLECTOR Plate BIRD GOLD TRIM 6 lovely antique RARE
royal vale bone china collector plate bird gold trim 6 lovely antique rare
$12.50
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ROYAL VALE BONE CHINA COLLECTOR Plate BIRD GOLD TRIM 6 lovely antique RARE
royal vale bone china collector plate bird gold trim 6 lovely antique rare
$12.50
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Royal Jubilee Holland ashtray RARE light blue grey
royal jubilee holland ashtray rare light blue grey
$45.00
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Royal Crown Arnart VTG Pedestal Smug Mug Cubist 3032 Elena REtro Rare vgc Lot 4
royal crown arnart vtg pedestal smug mug cubist 3032 elena retro rare vgc lot 4
$17.95
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1900 1915 Royal Doulton Gibson Girl Portrait Head Series Ware A RARE 1 of 8
1900 1915 royal doulton gibson girl portrait head series ware a rare 1 of 8
$172.12
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1900 1915 Royal Doulton Gibson Girl Portrait Heads Series Ware A RARE 2 of 8
1900 1915 royal doulton gibson girl portrait heads series ware a rare 2 of 8
$172.12
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1900 1915 Royal Doulton Gibson Girl Portrait Heads Series Ware A RARE 3 of 8
1900 1915 royal doulton gibson girl portrait heads series ware a rare 3 of 8
$172.12
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RARE Fish Figurine Early Royal Copenhagen Aluminia Faience
rare fish figurine early royal copenhagen aluminia faience
$335.00
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1900 1915 Royal Doulton Gibson Girl Portrait Head Series Ware A RARE 4 of 8
1900 1915 royal doulton gibson girl portrait head series ware a rare 4 of 8
$172.12
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON LAMBETH CONVERTED OIL LAMP W ETCHED SHADE C1870S ART POTTERY
rare royal doulton lambeth converted oil lamp w etched shade c1870s art pottery
$450.00
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1900 1915 Royal Doulton Gibson Girl Portrait Heads Series Ware A RARE 6 of 8
1900 1915 royal doulton gibson girl portrait heads series ware a rare 6 of 8
$172.12
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1900 1915 Royal Doulton Gibson Girl Portrait Heads Series Ware A RARE 7 of 8
1900 1915 royal doulton gibson girl portrait heads series ware a rare 7 of 8
$172.12
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Royal Doulton Limited Neptunes Porthole 8  RA1673 Plate by Franklin Mint RARE
royal doulton limited neptunes porthole 8 ra1673 plate by franklin mint rare
$11.99
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Royal Doulton Rare EnglishTranslucent China Large Falconer Character Jug D6533
royal doulton rare englishtranslucent china large falconer character jug d6533
$124.95
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VERY RARE Bulgarian MILITARY BRAVERY Silver Royal Medal 1879
very rare bulgarian military bravery silver royal medal 1879
$320.00
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Vintage Rare Bulgarian Royal Red Cross Badge Box 1917 Made in Vienna WWI 1031
vintage rare bulgarian royal red cross badge box 1917 made in vienna wwi 1031
$150.00
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ROYAL FORMATION OF CALCITE  VERY RARE SPECIMENWOW
royal formation of calcite very rare specimenwow
$20.84
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ROYAL DOULTON MILADY HN1970 FIGURINE VERY RARE FREE SHIPPING
royal doulton milady hn1970 figurine very rare free shipping
$1,560.00
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1950 52 Royal Stars of the Movies Pudding Desserts Card 44 Howard Keel RARE nice
1950 52 royal stars of the movies pudding desserts card 44 howard keel rare nice
$69.00
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1950 52 Royal Stars of the Movies Pudding Desserts Card 44 Howard Keel RARE A
1950 52 royal stars of the movies pudding desserts card 44 howard keel rare a
$39.99
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1950 52 Royal Stars of the Movies Pudding Desserts Card 45 Van Johnson RARE
1950 52 royal stars of the movies pudding desserts card 45 van johnson rare
$59.99
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1950 52 Royal Stars of the Movies Pudding Desserts Card 43 Diana Lynn RARE
1950 52 royal stars of the movies pudding desserts card 43 diana lynn rare
$29.99
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RARE VINTAGE 1950s ROYAL FUTURA 600 MANUAL TYPEWRITER  HARD CASE TEAL BLUE N R
rare vintage 1950s royal futura 600 manual typewriter hard case teal blue n r
$49.99
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Royal Doulton Flower Planter Basket Figurine Fine Bone China RARE
royal doulton flower planter basket figurine fine bone china rare
$24.95
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Rare Royal Dux Great Blue Heron Bird Catching Fish Figurine Czech Republic
rare royal dux great blue heron bird catching fish figurine czech republic
$225.00
quality
VINTAGE ROYAL CROWN COLA RC SODA POP DRINK ADVERTISING METAL BOTTLE CARRIER RARE
vintage royal crown cola rc soda pop drink advertising metal bottle carrier rare
$85.00
quality
ROYAL NEPAL AIRLINES SAFETY CARD 727 VERY RARE
royal nepal airlines safety card 727 very rare
$30.00
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VERY RARE VINTAGE Royal Doulton All White English Bulldog 1941 7 half
very rare vintage royal doulton all white english bulldog 1941 7 half
$2,795.00
quality
VERY RARE ROYAL DOULTON ENGLISH BULLDOG W TRINITY HAT  CIGAR 3 1941
very rare royal doulton english bulldog w trinity hat cigar 3 1941
$1,295.00
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2016 Topps Bunt Digital Salvador Perez Black Variant x3 Boost Rare Royals Card
2016 topps bunt digital salvador perez black variant x3 boost rare royals card
$29.99
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN 1923 JUL CHRISTMAS PLATE DENMARK
rare royal copenhagen 1923 jul christmas plate denmark
$60.00
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ROYAL DOULTON RARE FIGURE PRINCESS BADOURA HN 5651 NEVER OUT OF BOX LOOK WOW
royal doulton rare figure princess badoura hn 5651 never out of box look wow
$59.99
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Royal Doulton THE BEATLES John Lennon Mug RARE D6725
royal doulton the beatles john lennon mug rare d6725
$140.00
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Rare Stunning Antique Royal Banquet Parlor Oil Lamp Copper Ornate Brass
rare stunning antique royal banquet parlor oil lamp copper ornate brass
$399.00
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Duncan Royale Christmas Angels Limited Collectors Edition RARE
duncan royale christmas angels limited collectors edition rare
$155.00
quality
Super Rare UNOPENED NOS 5000 needles Tin Soldered Case Royal improved
super rare unopened nos 5000 needles tin soldered case royal improved
$44.99
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Deluxe 1950s FLOATERS  OLDSMOBILE MOPAR ROYAL TIRES RARE PENCILS
deluxe 1950s floaters oldsmobile mopar royal tires rare pencils
$29.50
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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
$59.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Character Jug Small Red Baseball Player Philadelphia D6878
rare royal doulton character jug small red baseball player philadelphia d6878
$99.95
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VTG Royal Copenhagen Going Home For Christmas 1973 In Box Collectible Rare
vtg royal copenhagen going home for christmas 1973 in box collectible rare
$49.99
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Rare Cabinet Photo Queen Victoria A Bassano London United Kingdom Royal England
rare cabinet photo queen victoria a bassano london united kingdom royal england
$130.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Experimental Crystalline Flambe Bulbous Vase by Harry Nixon
royal doulton rare experimental crystalline flambe bulbous vase by harry nixon
$725.00
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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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