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Ultra Rare Royal Worcester Made in England Captain Hook Coffee Cup Mug Excellent
ultra rare royal worcester made in england captain hook coffee cup mug excellent
$32.00
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rare Royal Copenhagen pair of sparrows figurine signed mint condition 1309
rare royal copenhagen pair of sparrows figurine signed mint condition 1309
$30.00
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Christopher Radko 1999 ROYAL DIADEM Triple Reflector RARE Ornament NEW w Tag
christopher radko 1999 royal diadem triple reflector rare ornament new w tag
$245.00
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 VERY RARE Royal Doulton DEVIL MEPHISTOPHELES Character Jug Ex Condi
very rare royal doulton devil mephistopheles character jug ex condi
$522.22
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Rare Vintage Royal Tara Irish Bronze Collection Dressing Up Pair CB304
rare vintage royal tara irish bronze collection dressing up pair cb304
$29.99
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Royal Doulton Jug CONFUCIUS Flambe D7003 298 Very RARE
royal doulton jug confucius flambe d7003 298 very rare
$399.00
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Royal Doulton Classic Art Nouveau Vase Signed Maud Bowden Rare Blue Glazes
royal doulton classic art nouveau vase signed maud bowden rare blue glazes
$199.00
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Rare Vintage Hand painted Royal Japan Porcelain Cat Charming
rare vintage hand painted royal japan porcelain cat charming
$16.95
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Rare Duncan Royale Ukko 12 inch Figurine from the Santa III Collection
rare duncan royale ukko 12 inch figurine from the santa iii collection
$79.00
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Beautiful Royal Dalton Rose 3 4 Tall Excellent Condition Very Rare
beautiful royal dalton rose 3 4 tall excellent condition very rare
$14.99
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Rosanna London Mug  Cup Matching plate Black  White Big Ben Royal Palace RARE
rosanna london mug cup matching plate black white big ben royal palace rare
$14.40
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R1572 RARE ROYAL DOULTON LA LOGE FIGURINE LTD EDITION 440 OF 7500 HN3472 MINT
r1572 rare royal doulton la loge figurine ltd edition 440 of 7500 hn3472 mint
$249.00
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ROYAL DOULTON THE MAYOR HN2280 MINT MAGNIFICENT FIGURINE REG475 RARE
royal doulton the mayor hn2280 mint magnificent figurine reg475 rare
$219.00
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VINTAGE 1948 ROYAL DOULTON HN2021 BLITHE MORNING PURPLE FIGURINE RETIRED RARE
vintage 1948 royal doulton hn2021 blithe morning purple figurine retired rare
$129.99
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN GIRL WITH SLEDGE AND TEDDY BEAR RARE FIGURINE 033 MINT
royal copenhagen girl with sledge and teddy bear rare figurine 033 mint
$39.99
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RARE Gorgeous Arnart Royal Carlton Glazed Hummingbirds Flower Figure Pastel 1989
rare gorgeous arnart royal carlton glazed hummingbirds flower figure pastel 1989
$6.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Burslem Studio Luscian Ware Vase Signed by Leslie Johnson
rare royal doulton burslem studio luscian ware vase signed by leslie johnson
$875.00
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ROYAL DOULTON OFFICER OF THE LINE HN2733 MINT MAGNIFICENT REG525 RARE
royal doulton officer of the line hn2733 mint magnificent reg525 rare
$279.00
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ROYAL DOULTON FRODO LORD OF THE RINGS MIDDLE EARTH MINT RARE REG295
royal doulton frodo lord of the rings middle earth mint rare reg295
$119.00
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RARE Art Deco EARLY Royal Doulton FANNY Flapper Figurine HN1204 L Harradine
rare art deco early royal doulton fanny flapper figurine hn1204 l harradine
$3,500.00
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ROYAL DOULTON JUDITH HN 2278  VERY RARE
royal doulton judith hn 2278 very rare
$63.75
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Rare 2002 Royal Doulton  Home Guard Limited Edition and Signed
rare 2002 royal doulton home guard limited edition and signed
$249.95
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Rare1977 Royal Doulton Valentines Day Collector Plate
rare1977 royal doulton valentines day collector plate
$12.57
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RARE 2 DECORATIVE COLLECTIBLE ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLATES
rare 2 decorative collectible royal copenhagen plates
$99.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Seriesware Jug D 4077 Piping Down The Valleys Wild 1917 1920
rare royal doulton seriesware jug d 4077 piping down the valleys wild 1917 1920
$195.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN3450 Catherine Parr 1993 6 High 562
rare royal doulton hn3450 catherine parr 1993 6 high 562
$1,995.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Daisy HN1575 3 5 8 High serie child study 676
rare royal doulton daisy hn1575 3 5 8 high serie child study 676
$995.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Asian Dancing Figurine  405
rare royal copenhagen asian dancing figurine 405
$249.99
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Rare Royal Doulton HN1839 Christine 7 6 8 High 617
rare royal doulton hn1839 christine 7 6 8 high 617
$1,995.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton HN1756 Lizana 8 half  High 624
very rare royal doulton hn1756 lizana 8 half high 624
$2,225.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN558 Sairey Gamp 7 1 8 High 621
rare royal doulton hn558 sairey gamp 7 1 8 high 621
$795.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN1896 Sairey Gamp Green dress 7 1 8 High 622
rare royal doulton hn1896 sairey gamp green dress 7 1 8 high 622
$1,995.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Brambly Hedge 1998 MINT 8 Inch Plate Disc 2006
rare royal doulton brambly hedge 1998 mint 8 inch plate disc 2006
$66.66
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Rare ROYAL COPENHAGEN 1924 Noel Christmas Plate French Text Version
rare royal copenhagen 1924 noel christmas plate french text version
$99.99
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Rare Hand Painted Royal Japan Hanging Monkeys from a Tree Salt  Pepper Shakers
rare hand painted royal japan hanging monkeys from a tree salt pepper shakers
$49.99
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STALKING TIGER Flambe Figurine by Royal Doulton HN1082 Red ULTRA RARE
stalking tiger flambe figurine by royal doulton hn1082 red ultra rare
$959.20
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RARE SIGNED ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG SMALL 35 FALSTAFF D6385
rare signed royal doulton toby jug small 35 falstaff d6385
$79.99
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VTG Royal Doulton England Fine Bone China Lucky Black Cat Kitten Figurine Rare
vtg royal doulton england fine bone china lucky black cat kitten figurine rare
$95.00
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Rare Vintage Beswick Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter Aunt Pettitoes BP3b F Warne
rare vintage beswick royal doulton beatrix potter aunt pettitoes bp3b f warne
$39.60
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Bowl Plate Cup Set Rare Cup Mug Knitting Yarn
royal doulton bunnykins bowl plate cup set rare cup mug knitting yarn
$14.99
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RARE and FINE Vintage Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Full Lace Compote 1969 74
rare and fine vintage royal copenhagen blue fluted full lace compote 1969 74
$285.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON THE BLUE CHILDREN SERIES PORCELAIN CABINET PLATE 235 cm
rare royal doulton the blue children series porcelain cabinet plate 235 cm
$250.00
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rare ROYAL CAULDON ENGLAND 375 gilt edge dish w bird  flowers H A Pausch
rare royal cauldon england 375 gilt edge dish w bird flowers h a pausch
$5.99
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DANISH ALUMINIA ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLAQUETTE FREDERIKSBERG KIRKE 1948 RARE
danish aluminia royal copenhagen plaquette frederiksberg kirke 1948 rare
$30.00
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Duncan Royale Africas Kings  Queens Moshesh FIGURINE statue 12 Rare Vintage
duncan royale africas kings queens moshesh figurine statue 12 rare vintage
$79.99
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royal Doulton England HN2056 Susan Retired 1949 Lady Mint Rare Figurine HN 2056
royal doulton england hn2056 susan retired 1949 lady mint rare figurine hn 2056
$129.99
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Royal Doulton Womens Figurine Pantalettes M15 Rare Up for ONE LAST WEEK
royal doulton womens figurine pantalettes m15 rare up for one last week
$424.99
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Limoges France Trinket Box  ROYAL FLUSH  ROCHARD  Cards  Gin  Bridge  RARE
limoges france trinket box royal flush rochard cards gin bridge rare
$49.99
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ROYAL DOULTON Robin Hood 6534 Rare TOBY CHARACTER JUG 1959
royal doulton robin hood 6534 rare toby character jug 1959
$19.99
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RARE ROYAL COPLEY WINDSOR THINKING OF YOU PLANTER
rare royal copley windsor thinking of you planter
$19.99
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RARE 1938 ROYAL DOULTON CAPN CUTTLE 4 TOBY MUG CHARACTER JUG D5842 NEAR MINT
rare 1938 royal doulton capn cuttle 4 toby mug character jug d5842 near mint
$9.99
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Rare 1988 Royal Doulton Bunnykins Money Ball Bank Fishing Made in England
rare 1988 royal doulton bunnykins money ball bank fishing made in england
$9.99
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The Fortune Teller Rare Royal Doulton D6503 1958 4 tall Toby Mug Jug
the fortune teller rare royal doulton d6503 1958 4 tall toby mug jug
$75.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Large Mephistopheles Character Jug No Verse letter A 1937 48
rare royal doulton large mephistopheles character jug no verse letter a 1937 48
$950.00
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ROYAL WORCESTER CHILD FIGURINE THE PARAKEET 3087 MINT RARE COLORS 7
royal worcester child figurine the parakeet 3087 mint rare colors 7
$155.99
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Royal Doulton Character Dog very rare made in Czechoslovakia HN 953
royal doulton character dog very rare made in czechoslovakia hn 953
$54.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Porcelain Figurine Standing Beefeater 1924 1938 7 3 4H
rare royal doulton porcelain figurine standing beefeater 1924 1938 7 3 4h
$1,999.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Black Americana Governors Cook HN 2233 Mammy Williamsburg
rare royal doulton black americana governors cook hn 2233 mammy williamsburg
$187.50
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Gray eared Rabbit Figurine
rare royal copenhagen porcelain gray eared rabbit figurine
$249.99
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OLD METAL VIOLIN  MANDOLIN Decorative Wall Hangers ROYAL CAST METAL rare pair
old metal violin mandolin decorative wall hangers royal cast metal rare pair
$15.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON DECORATIVE PLATE KINGS AND QUEENS OF THE REALM
rare royal doulton decorative plate kings and queens of the realm
$49.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Lady Betty HN1967 Womens Figurine AC Box 28
rare royal doulton lady betty hn1967 womens figurine ac box 28
$114.99
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Royal Doulton RARE HN2029 Windflower Pink Figurine As Is Up for ONE WEEK
royal doulton rare hn2029 windflower pink figurine as is up for one week
$284.99
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Royal Doulton Cocker Spaniel Ch Lucky Star Of Ware Dog 3 half  HN1021 RARE
royal doulton cocker spaniel ch lucky star of ware dog 3 half hn1021 rare
$124.99
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ROYAL DOULTON THANKSGIVING HN2446 MINT MAGNIFICENT FIGURINE REG295 RARE
royal doulton thanksgiving hn2446 mint magnificent figurine reg295 rare
$189.00
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Antique ROYAL DOULTON Rare Figurine Miranda HN 1818 Harradine Beauty 3250 List
antique royal doulton rare figurine miranda hn 1818 harradine beauty 3250 list
$975.00
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RARE HARD TO FIND VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS 1936 CUP MINT
rare hard to find vintage royal doulton bunnykins 1936 cup mint
$12.50
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RARE HN2133 Royal Doulton Figurine Faraway Teenagers Series 1958 1962
rare hn2133 royal doulton figurine faraway teenagers series 1958 1962
$89.99
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HN1834 Royal Doulton Top O The Hill figurine Collectible RARE  DISCONTINUED
hn1834 royal doulton top o the hill figurine collectible rare discontinued
$15.51
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1985 Royal Doulton Figurine Reflections Series Rare  Debut  HD 3046 UK
1985 royal doulton figurine reflections series rare debut hd 3046 uk
$129.99
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RARE COLLECTABLE PLATE MONCHENGLADBACH RHEYDT ROYAL COPENHAGEN SIGNED BY ARTIST
rare collectable plate monchengladbach rheydt royal copenhagen signed by artist
$24.00
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VERY RARE Retired NIB NEW 5658506 DEPT 56 1 ROYAL TREE COURT SET ANIMATED
very rare retired nib new 5658506 dept 56 1 royal tree court set animated
$125.00
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RARE hard to find Vintage Royal Hickman lobster Ceramic tray serving dish
rare hard to find vintage royal hickman lobster ceramic tray serving dish
$95.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Porcelain Small Vase D5163 Crazed Finish 3 5 8H 3 half W
rare royal doulton porcelain small vase d5163 crazed finish 3 5 8h 3 half w
$299.00
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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
$179.95
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R1462 BEAUTIFUL RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE SHARON STYLE 2 HN 3603 SIGNED
r1462 beautiful rare royal doulton figurine sharon style 2 hn 3603 signed
$79.99
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Royal Copenhagen Vintage Blue Vase with Flowers 353 396 MINT RARE
royal copenhagen vintage blue vase with flowers 353 396 mint rare
$30.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON PORCELAIN MISS FORTUNE HN1897 FIGURINE
rare royal doulton porcelain miss fortune hn1897 figurine
$299.99
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Vintage Rare Royal Goedewaagen Gouda Pottery Amata Vase
vintage rare royal goedewaagen gouda pottery amata vase
$35.00
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1994 Retired RARE HTF Royal Doulton Figurine Kelly HN 3912 Nada Pedley MINT
1994 retired rare htf royal doulton figurine kelly hn 3912 nada pedley mint
$59.99
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Cow Parade American Royal 9189 Retired Rare
cow parade american royal 9189 retired rare
$20.95
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN Henrick  Elise Porcelain Figurine 16 RARE 1200 RETAIL
royal copenhagen henrick elise porcelain figurine 16 rare 1200 retail
$299.39
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Royal Doulton Walt Disney Lion King Timon Casday Sample First Run VERY RARE
royal doulton walt disney lion king timon casday sample first run very rare
$9.99
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RARE Royal Doulton  Christmas Time Bone China Figurine 1953 1959 FREE Shipping
rare royal doulton christmas time bone china figurine 1953 1959 free shipping
$99.00
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Vintage Royal Doulton Character Jug OWD MAC Toby Mug 821265 Australia Rare
vintage royal doulton character jug owd mac toby mug 821265 australia rare
$19.95
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ROYAL DOULTON Figurine ROYAL ALBERT LADY CHARMIAN RARE  HN1947
royal doulton figurine royal albert lady charmian rare hn1947
$149.95
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RARE Royal Doulton Ladies Jasmine from Aladdin Disney Princess Ltd Ed HN3832
rare royal doulton ladies jasmine from aladdin disney princess ltd ed hn3832
$187.50
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RARE Dahl Jensen Royal Copenhagen Collectible Figurine Boy with Mouse  1270
rare dahl jensen royal copenhagen collectible figurine boy with mouse 1270
$51.00
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RARE 2000 AD Celebrate Millennium cup mug  saucer Royal Worcester China England
rare 2000 ad celebrate millennium cup mug saucer royal worcester china england
$15.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins Seriesware RARE Porridge Bowl Ring Around Rosie
vintage royal doulton bunnykins seriesware rare porridge bowl ring around rosie
$39.77
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Rare GOEBEL HUMMEL Lady  Gentleman French Renaissance Formal Royal
rare goebel hummel lady gentleman french renaissance formal royal
$115.00
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS FIGURE  Mr BUNNYBEAT STRUMMING  DB16
rare royal doulton bunnykins figure mr bunnybeat strumming db16
$33.25
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RARE 1976 ROYAL DOULTON FRENCH QUARTER NEW ORLEANS PLATE By DONG KINGMAN 10 quarter
rare 1976 royal doulton french quarter new orleans plate by dong kingman 10 quarter
$19.00
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RARE ANTIQUE 1960s ROYAL CROWN RCCOLA PROTOTYE NDNR 6 OZ BOTTLE  CANADA
rare antique 1960s royal crown rccola prototye ndnr 6 oz bottle canada
$60.00
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RARE ORIGINAL1950s ROYAL CROWN COLA Pull Tab 12 Oz Can  CHICAGO ILL
rare original1950s royal crown cola pull tab 12 oz can chicago ill
$175.00
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND PORCELAIN DOG FIGURINE JACK RUSSELL HN 2510
rare vintage royal doulton england porcelain dog figurine jack russell hn 2510
$89.90
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Vintage RC Royal Crown Cola 16 fl oz Stretched Glass Bottle Unique Rare Stretch
vintage rc royal crown cola 16 fl oz stretched glass bottle unique rare stretch
$34.99
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RARE VHTF Disney Pin WDCC Royal Couples Cinderella  Prince Charming Dancing LE
rare vhtf disney pin wdcc royal couples cinderella prince charming dancing le
$144.50
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Rare Original 1960s or 70s Royal Crown Cola Electrical Advertising Clock NICE
rare original 1960s or 70s royal crown cola electrical advertising clock nice
$325.00
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RARE Vtg Gilt Armorial Royal Coat of Arms Stein Mug J F W Leather Hold ENGLAND
rare vtg gilt armorial royal coat of arms stein mug j f w leather hold england
$69.00
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Royal Doulton Plate Iznik very rare colours
royal doulton plate iznik very rare colours
$42.00
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 RARE Detailed Dianes ROYAL WEDDING COMMEMORATIVE MEDALLION 1981 104 of 500
rare detailed dianes royal wedding commemorative medallion 1981 104 of 500
$124.99
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Pink Panther Royal Orleans Japan Napkin Ring In Box Vintage Super Rare Figurine
pink panther royal orleans japan napkin ring in box vintage super rare figurine
$29.95
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Disneyland RARE HTF event exclusive sleeping beautys royal ball frame pin 2004
disneyland rare htf event exclusive sleeping beautys royal ball frame pin 2004
$45.00
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Royal Doulton England Dickens Series Ware Mark Tepley Rare 2nd Design circa 1908
royal doulton england dickens series ware mark tepley rare 2nd design circa 1908
$225.00
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c1930s VINTAGE DUOTONE Rare ORANGE ROYAL TYPEWRITER PORTABLE w CASE
c1930s vintage duotone rare orange royal typewriter portable w case
$350.00
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1950s ROYAL CROWN RC COLA YELLOW SODA COOLER BIG METAL ICE CHEST Very rare
1950s royal crown rc cola yellow soda cooler big metal ice chest very rare
$100.00
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YMCA BOY SCOUTS HONG KONG BRITISH ROYAL DRUM  BUGLE WOOL FLAG VERY RARE
ymca boy scouts hong kong british royal drum bugle wool flag very rare
$125.00
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RARE SUPERB ROYAL MALAYA SINGAPORE TIGER VINTAGE SHIPS HERALD PLAQUE
rare superb royal malaya singapore tiger vintage ships herald plaque
$58.00
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1960s Japanese Royal Bob Cube Table Lighter RARE Works Fine FREE SHIPPING
1960s japanese royal bob cube table lighter rare works fine free shipping
$29.95
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RARE Dahl Jensen 1095 Schnauzer Dog Mint Royal Copenhagen Figurine Denmark Puppy
rare dahl jensen 1095 schnauzer dog mint royal copenhagen figurine denmark puppy
$399.00
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VINTAGE PERFUME PARFUM ROYAL SECRET 1 FL OZ LAY DOWN FROSTED BOTTLE VERY RARE
vintage perfume parfum royal secret 1 fl oz lay down frosted bottle very rare
$50.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Collectible Figurine The Gude Grey Mare HN2532 WM Chance
rare royal doulton collectible figurine the gude grey mare hn2532 wm chance
$370.00
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ROYAL DOULTON Figurine ROSEMARY HN2091 Figure RARE Retired 1959
royal doulton figurine rosemary hn2091 figure rare retired 1959
$250.99
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RARE ROYAL WORCESTER HENRY VIII PORCELAIN FIGURINE FIGURE After Holbein EXCELLEN
rare royal worcester henry viii porcelain figurine figure after holbein excellen
$350.00
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ANTIQUE ROYAL VIENNA STYLE RARE 14 STAFFRODSHIRE PORCELAIN VASE URN LADIES SCEN
antique royal vienna style rare 14 staffrodshire porcelain vase urn ladies scen
$155.00
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1887 ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS RaRe Special Royal Jubilee Number Queen Victoria
1887 illustrated london news rare special royal jubilee number queen victoria
$25.87
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rare Royal Haeger Mid century VTG Wall decor Brass Water Tea faucet dispenser
rare royal haeger mid century vtg wall decor brass water tea faucet dispenser
$72.00
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Tibet Rare pure Silver inlay Red Coral Dragon Royal Temple flagon bottle Pot
tibet rare pure silver inlay red coral dragon royal temple flagon bottle pot
$12,000.00
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RARE Vintage ROYAL 890 TYPEWRITER IN CARRY CASE needs cleaning and Ribbon
rare vintage royal 890 typewriter in carry case needs cleaning and ribbon
$79.95
quality
CROWN ROYAL NBA LED SIGN BAR MAN CAVE LIGHT WHISKEY Extremely Rare
crown royal nba led sign bar man cave light whiskey extremely rare
$649.99
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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