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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG D6554 OLD SALT 4 TALL 1960 VERY RARE
vintage royal doulton toby jug d6554 old salt 4 tall 1960 very rare
$24.99
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RARE Duncan Royale Calendar Secrets September Statute 14 Woman carries a basket
rare duncan royale calendar secrets september statute 14 woman carries a basket
$250.00
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RARE Duncan Royale Calendar Secrets June Statute 12 Juno the wife of Jupiter
rare duncan royale calendar secrets june statute 12 juno the wife of jupiter
$250.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON AFTERNOON TEA HN 1747 HN1747 EXCELLENT CONDITION
rare royal doulton afternoon tea hn 1747 hn1747 excellent condition
$199.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON SNOWMAN CHILDS PLATE CUP BOWL PRiSTINE CONDITION
rare royal doulton snowman childs plate cup bowl pristine condition
$89.00
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rare ROYAL DOULTON DB6 MRS BUNNYKINS CLEAN SWEEP 1972
rare royal doulton db6 mrs bunnykins clean sweep 1972
$29.00
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Autumn Breezes Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies Collection Figurine RARE
autumn breezes royal doulton pretty ladies collection figurine rare
$159.00
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RARE Vintage ROYAL WESSEX ENGLAND BLUE WILLOW CHOP PLATE PLATTER
rare vintage royal wessex england blue willow chop plate platter
$22.95
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Rare Large Royal Doulton Prestige Collection Lion on Rock Figurine HN2641 signed
rare large royal doulton prestige collection lion on rock figurine hn2641 signed
$399.99
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NEAT ROYALS  ROYAL CHEF  ROYAL SCRIBE Salt and Pepper Shakers 1921 41RARE
neat royals royal chef royal scribe salt and pepper shakers 1921 41rare
$35.00
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ROYAL DOULTON WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE FIGURINE HN 3633 RARE
royal doulton william shakespeare figurine hn 3633 rare
$445.00
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Retreat of British From Concord Plate Royal Fenton Staffordshire England Rare
retreat of british from concord plate royal fenton staffordshire england rare
$12.95
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Chimpanzee Figurine Royal Doulton Animals USA Retired 1980 Excellent RARE
chimpanzee figurine royal doulton animals usa retired 1980 excellent rare
$39.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Series Ware tray Fat Boy D 6327
rare royal doulton dickens series ware tray fat boy d 6327
$135.00
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Vintage Royal Doulton Retired HN2167 1955 Home Again Figurine Excellent RARE
vintage royal doulton retired hn2167 1955 home again figurine excellent rare
$84.00
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Vintage RARE 1950s Version Royal Doulton Figurine Hn2117 The Skater Excellent
vintage rare 1950s version royal doulton figurine hn2117 the skater excellent
$114.99
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Vintage Rare Royal Copenhagen of Denmark Porcelain Baby Polar Bear 2536 MC
vintage rare royal copenhagen of denmark porcelain baby polar bear 2536 mc
$76.50
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Vintage Rare Royal Doulton England 4 quarter  Mirabel M74 Lady Figurine
vintage rare royal doulton england 4 quarter mirabel m74 lady figurine
$675.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Figure The Tumbler HN3183  Reflections Series
rare royal doulton figure the tumbler hn3183 reflections series
$139.99
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Royal Doulton Guardsman Small Jug D6575 1962 RARE
royal doulton guardsman small jug d6575 1962 rare
$34.99
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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER JUG ROBIN HOOD D6534 SMALL 4 1959 RARE
vintage royal doulton character jug robin hood d6534 small 4 1959 rare
$29.99
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RARE Carltonware 1894 1949 1970 Rouge Royal Tea Set Hand Painted From England
rare carltonware 1894 1949 1970 rouge royal tea set hand painted from england
$500.00
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Rare Bunnykins Round Bowl  Two Handled Cup 1936 Royal Doulton Wall Paper Scene
rare bunnykins round bowl two handled cup 1936 royal doulton wall paper scene
$23.90
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RARE Royal Doulton Monica HN 1467 Porcelain Figurine HN1467 Signed 425 Blue
rare royal doulton monica hn 1467 porcelain figurine hn1467 signed 425 blue
$95.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Polly Peachum m 21 Early rare version
royal doulton figurine polly peachum m 21 early rare version
$149.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Pantalettes m 15 Early rare version
royal doulton figurine pantalettes m 15 early rare version
$159.99
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Royal Doulton 8 RARE figurine HN 4090 ANNABELLE Limited Edition 1396 of 2500
royal doulton 8 rare figurine hn 4090 annabelle limited edition 1396 of 2500
$250.00
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ROYAL DOULTON JOHN FALSTAFF1949 D6287 LARGE TOBY MUG PITCHER CORAL RARE COLOR
royal doulton john falstaff1949 d6287 large toby mug pitcher coral rare color
$75.00
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Royal Doulton Character Toby Jug  Pitcher Sairey Gamp Rare signed COLLECTIBLE
royal doulton character toby jug pitcher sairey gamp rare signed collectible
$50.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Plate Commemorate 1897 Marriage of Princess Ingeborg
rare royal copenhagen plate commemorate 1897 marriage of princess ingeborg
$99.99
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Plate Commemorate 1896 Marriage of Princess Louise
rare royal copenhagen plate commemorate 1896 marriage of princess louise
$99.99
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Confucius Royal Doulton Flambe Character Toby Jug Yin Yang D7003 ULTRA RARE
confucius royal doulton flambe character toby jug yin yang d7003 ultra rare
$464.25
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1996 HARMONY KINGDOM WHALES Members Only Royal Watch BIG BLUE Charter Year RARE
1996 harmony kingdom whales members only royal watch big blue charter year rare
$29.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen The National Parks of America Collection Yellowstone Plate
rare royal copenhagen the national parks of america collection yellowstone plate
$34.97
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RARE VINTAGE Royal Crown Porcelain Figurine Hand Painted  Child Life  33 678
rare vintage royal crown porcelain figurine hand painted child life 33 678
$9.99
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RARE VINTAGE 1971 AVON ROYAL SWAN COTILLION COLOGNE NEW IN BOX FREE SHIPPING
rare vintage 1971 avon royal swan cotillion cologne new in box free shipping
$15.80
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Rare Small Royal Doulton Character Mug Catherine Pharrell D6751
rare small royal doulton character mug catherine pharrell d6751
$20.60
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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
$250.00
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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
$399.00
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Rare 1967 RC Christmas Plate The Royal Oak Blue  White Porcelain
rare 1967 rc christmas plate the royal oak blue white porcelain
$7.15
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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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Vintage Autumn Breezes Royal Doulton HN 1911 Issued 1939 RARE
vintage autumn breezes royal doulton hn 1911 issued 1939 rare
$159.00
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Royal Crown Flower Vendor footed mug by pia very rare 2748 cups retro
royal crown flower vendor footed mug by pia very rare 2748 cups retro
$10.99
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Rare The Royal Yacht Dannebrog Bing and Grondahl BG 1895 Jule 1990 Copenhagen
rare the royal yacht dannebrog bing and grondahl bg 1895 jule 1990 copenhagen
$69.99
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RARE Royal Doulton Flambe Elephant Trunk in Salute HN891A 55H MINT
rare royal doulton flambe elephant trunk in salute hn891a 55h mint
$149.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Figurine White Rabbit Standing 22690 J Grut MINT
rare royal copenhagen figurine white rabbit standing 22690 j grut mint
$79.00
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Vintage Porcelain Hula Girl Bongo Drum Lei Royal Elegance Japan Rare
vintage porcelain hula girl bongo drum lei royal elegance japan rare
$49.98
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine The Puppet Maker HN2253 1961 8 Mint
rare royal doulton figurine the puppet maker hn2253 1961 8 mint
$99.00
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Large Rare Royal Doulton Figurine HN 3525 Courtship Images
large rare royal doulton figurine hn 3525 courtship images
$250.00
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RARE VINTAGE 1971 AVON ROYAL SWAN CHARISMA COLOGNE NEW IN BOX FREE SHIPPING
rare vintage 1971 avon royal swan charisma cologne new in box free shipping
$15.80
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Partylite Rare Pair PURPLE 7 Duo in ROYAL LUSTRE Stemmed Votive Candleholders
partylite rare pair purple 7 duo in royal lustre stemmed votive candleholders
$9.00
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RARE LIMITED LARGE 6 JOHN BARLEYCORN D 5327 TOBY MUG JUG ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND
rare limited large 6 john barleycorn d 5327 toby mug jug royal doulton england
$28.50
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Rare Royal Doulton Old Charley Table Lighter Works
rare royal doulton old charley table lighter works
$76.50
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LARGE 6 MONTY RARE A MARK TOBY MUG JUG ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND FIGURAL ENGLISH
large 6 monty rare a mark toby mug jug royal doulton england figural english
$42.75
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ANTIQUE VERY RARE ROYAL DOULTON BLOSSOM MOTHER FIGURINE DATED 1934
antique very rare royal doulton blossom mother figurine dated 1934
$400.00
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RARE LARGE 8 MR MICAWBER + BOX CERT D7040 TOBY MUG JUG ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND
rare large 8 mr micawber + box cert d7040 toby mug jug royal doulton england
$251.75
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Royal copenhagen 1973 mothers day plate mors DAG perfect very nice rare
royal copenhagen 1973 mothers day plate mors dag perfect very nice rare
$0.99
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Chimpanzee Figurine Royal Doulton Animals USA Retired 1980 Excellent RARE
chimpanzee figurine royal doulton animals usa retired 1980 excellent rare
$48.50
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Rare Royal Doulton Replica Lord Nelson Lambeth Salt Glaze Stoneware Toby Mug Jug
rare royal doulton replica lord nelson lambeth salt glaze stoneware toby mug jug
$199.99
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN CRYSTAL VOTIVE CANDLEHOLDER with STAND 46 H
rare royal copenhagen crystal votive candleholder with stand 46 h
$199.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE BLUEBEARD HN2105 MUTI COLORED NICE NR
rare royal doulton figurine bluebeard hn2105 muti colored nice nr
$19.50
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RARE Duncan Royale Calendar Secrets May Statute 16Young Mother in a Petticoated
rare duncan royale calendar secrets may statute 16young mother in a petticoated
$250.00
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Rare B  G ROYAL COPENHAGEN Polar Bear Figurine 1873
rare b g royal copenhagen polar bear figurine 1873
$98.00
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Royal Doulton Pearly Girl Blue Jacket SMALL Character Jug Rare
royal doulton pearly girl blue jacket small character jug rare
$1,300.00
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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
$6.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Red Vase Thorkild Olsen Mid Century Modern Denmark
rare royal copenhagen red vase thorkild olsen mid century modern denmark
$269.99
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Toy Box Rare 2001 TeaSeaCo White Nice
royal doulton bunnykins toy box rare 2001 teaseaco white nice
$71.99
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NIB Rare Royal Doulton Exchanging Christmas Love LE Plate by Giordano 1997
nib rare royal doulton exchanging christmas love le plate by giordano 1997
$19.95
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON PITCHER FROM THE STONEWARE COLLECTION
rare vintage royal doulton pitcher from the stoneware collection
$19.99
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CROWN ROYAL WOOD 3D JEWELED BAR SIGN WALL HANGING PLAQUE RARE LK
crown royal wood 3d jeweled bar sign wall hanging plaque rare lk
$39.94
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MRS FITZHERBERT HN 2007 Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine RARE
mrs fitzherbert hn 2007 vintage royal doulton figurine rare
$285.00
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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
$74.00
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Placemat and Coaster Set New Rare picnic
royal doulton bunnykins placemat and coaster set new rare picnic
$21.99
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Very Rare Royal Doulton HN644 Pierette Figurine 1924 1938
very rare royal doulton hn644 pierette figurine 1924 1938
$650.00
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RARE LARGE ROYAL DOULTON SIMPLE SIMON MUG JUG EXCELLENT CONDITION D6374
rare large royal doulton simple simon mug jug excellent condition d6374
$99.99
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RARE SMALL ROYAL DOULTON FIGURE JANET M75 FIGURINE c1940 MINIATURE
rare small royal doulton figure janet m75 figurine c1940 miniature
$99.99
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Royal Doulton HN 3404 General Robert E Lee Figurine MINT and RARE
royal doulton hn 3404 general robert e lee figurine mint and rare
$595.00
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Vintage Royal Doulton China Bunnykins Plate RARE Dress up scene New
vintage royal doulton china bunnykins plate rare dress up scene new
$5.00
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RARE Antique Royal Doulton Skating Series Ware Childrens Dish Pryde Goeth
rare antique royal doulton skating series ware childrens dish pryde goeth
$245.00
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Rare Royal Doulton English earthenware Bunnykins plate Mid 20th Century
rare royal doulton english earthenware bunnykins plate mid 20th century
$13.00
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Duncan Royale Civil War Santa 922 Rare 1983
duncan royale civil war santa 922 rare 1983
$145.43
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Royal Doulton The Choice Between Bonnets Figurine HN1960 Rare Excellent
royal doulton the choice between bonnets figurine hn1960 rare excellent
$999.99
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Rare Bunnykins Round Babys Bowl Dish Barbara Vernon Royal Doulton
rare bunnykins round babys bowl dish barbara vernon royal doulton
$26.00
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Rare unpainted Royal Doulton Top o the Hill Figurine Excellent Condition
rare unpainted royal doulton top o the hill figurine excellent condition
$45.00
quality
1980s Royal Cornwall Rosemary Calder Collectible Plate Western Art Rare
1980s royal cornwall rosemary calder collectible plate western art rare
$24.50
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Figurine Rose HN 1368 EJ
rare and collectible royal doulton figurine rose hn 1368 ej
$30.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Valerie 1952
rare and collectible royal doulton valerie 1952
$60.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Lily Rdno 820502
rare and collectible royal doulton lily rdno 820502
$65.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton Dinky Do
rare and collectible royal doulton dinky do
$35.00
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Rare and Collectible Royal Doulton The Little Bridesmaid Rdno 760007
rare and collectible royal doulton the little bridesmaid rdno 760007
$295.00
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Royal Doulton Day Dreams Rdno 907474 Rare And Collectible
royal doulton day dreams rdno 907474 rare and collectible
$250.00
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Rare And Collectible Royal Doulton Peggie Davis September 1987 HN3166
rare and collectible royal doulton peggie davis september 1987 hn3166
$95.00
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VERY RARE COLLECTABLE ENGLAND ROYAL DOULTON THE BALLOON MAN HN 1954 7 TALL
very rare collectable england royal doulton the balloon man hn 1954 7 tall
$70.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Bone China Olde English Sheep Dog Figurine FREE SHIPPING
rare royal doulton bone china olde english sheep dog figurine free shipping
$149.99
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Vintage Rare Royal Doulton Bone China Daschund Dog Figurine HN1128 FREE SHIPPING
vintage rare royal doulton bone china daschund dog figurine hn1128 free shipping
$149.99
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Rare 7 Royal Blue Vintage Relpo Head Vase Rita Hayworth K1836 FOIL Label
rare 7 royal blue vintage relpo head vase rita hayworth k1836 foil label
$300.00
quality
Bugatti Royale RARE Antique Silver Plate Car Dealership FLASK type 41 1920s 30s
bugatti royale rare antique silver plate car dealership flask type 41 1920s 30s
$2,495.00
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Royal Doulton Rare Seated Fox HN147C or HN130
royal doulton rare seated fox hn147c or hn130
$150.00
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RARE Royal Australian Air Force felt slouch hat blue size 56 US size 7
rare royal australian air force felt slouch hat blue size 56 us size 7
$43.49
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c A Signd Rare LTD ED Beswick Royal Doulton CHRISTmas In Holland Collector Plate
c a signd rare ltd ed beswick royal doulton christmas in holland collector plate
$25.16
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ACTRESS  ROYAL MISTRESS LILLIE LANGTRY ORIGINAL 1882 CABINET PHOTO RARE POSE
actress royal mistress lillie langtry original 1882 cabinet photo rare pose
$99.99
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FROG Lily Pad Leaf Dish 2477 VTG ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK Erik Nielsen RARE 1958
frog lily pad leaf dish 2477 vtg royal copenhagen denmark erik nielsen rare 1958
$87.99
quality
ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE PANTALETTES HN 1507 RARE
royal doulton figurine pantalettes hn 1507 rare
$500.00
quality
Ultra Rare Royal Doulton Long John Silver D7138 Treasure Chest Colorway signed
ultra rare royal doulton long john silver d7138 treasure chest colorway signed
$59.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS PLATES 1st MADONNA CHILD 1908 Vintage Antique Rare
royal copenhagen christmas plates 1st madonna child 1908 vintage antique rare
$9,270.00
quality
RARE ROYAL TARA CELTIC SCROLL 8 VASE HAND PIANTED BY KARE KEENAN 176 OF 300
rare royal tara celtic scroll 8 vase hand pianted by kare keenan 176 of 300
$35.00
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Rare Vintage Bottle Cover Hair Spray Paper Mache Lady Royal Dealt Japan 85
rare vintage bottle cover hair spray paper mache lady royal dealt japan 85
$59.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON THE GIRL EVACUEE HN3203 THE CHILDREN OF THE BLITZ SERIES
rare royal doulton the girl evacuee hn3203 the children of the blitz series
$139.00
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NEW RARE ROYAL DOULTON THE OLD BALLOON SELLER 7 FIGURE HN1315 MADE IN ENGLAND
new rare royal doulton the old balloon seller 7 figure hn1315 made in england
$49.99
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Rare Vintage Zenith Royal 265 Transistor Radio Complete Outfit  WORKS  NICE
rare vintage zenith royal 265 transistor radio complete outfit works nice
$35.00
quality
DANISH ALUMINIA ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLAQUETTE FREDERIKSBERG KIRKE 1948 RARE
danish aluminia royal copenhagen plaquette frederiksberg kirke 1948 rare
$23.50
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RARE 1900 Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Illinois Masonic Medal
rare 1900 grand royal arch chapter of illinois masonic medal
$145.00
quality
Zane Greys King Of The Royal Mounted In Artic Law 1937 RARE
zane greys king of the royal mounted in artic law 1937 rare
$119.99
quality
WW1 Ostende Raids royal Navy Sweetheart Brooch rare
ww1 ostende raids royal navy sweetheart brooch rare
$49.00
quality
ROYAL Rare Hand Forged Damascus Hunting Skinning EDC KNIFE RO 3679
royal rare hand forged damascus hunting skinning edc knife ro 3679
$39.00
quality
RARE VINTAGE NEPALESE IDOL GODDESS METAL FIGURE ROYAL NEPAL AIRLINE GIFT
rare vintage nepalese idol goddess metal figure royal nepal airline gift
$24.99
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SUPER RARE Royal Doulton Bulldog Wall Pocket WHAT WE HAVE WE HOLD Bull Dog
super rare royal doulton bulldog wall pocket what we have we hold bull dog
$3,817.63
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Rare Royal Doulton HN1896 Sairey Gamp Green dress 7 1 8 High 14
rare royal doulton hn1896 sairey gamp green dress 7 1 8 high 14
$39.99
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Antique Royal Deluxe Typewriter Vintage Rare Amazing Condition
antique royal deluxe typewriter vintage rare amazing condition
$299.00
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Family Outing RPPC Rare FRONT ROYAL Shenandoah Valley DOG Photo AN Carroll 1910s
family outing rppc rare front royal shenandoah valley dog photo an carroll 1910s
$24.99
quality
Extremely Rare Royal Doulton Flambe Cow Scene Vase
extremely rare royal doulton flambe cow scene vase
$150.00
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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