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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 1926 Royal Doulton Shakespeare Series Plate Wolsey D3596
rare 1926 royal doulton shakespeare series plate wolsey d3596
$19.99
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Rare and Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine  Minuet  HN2066
rare and vintage royal doulton figurine minuet hn2066
$599.99
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Rare and Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine  Maisie  HN1618
rare and vintage royal doulton figurine maisie hn1618
$499.99
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Rare Royal Doulton John Peel Vintage Character Toby Mug 4 X 35
rare royal doulton john peel vintage character toby mug 4 x 35
$75.00
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Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate 1940 Collectors Dream Rare
royal copenhagen christmas plate 1940 collectors dream rare
$74.99
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Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate 1936 Collectors Dream Rare
royal copenhagen christmas plate 1936 collectors dream rare
$74.99
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Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate 1937 Collectors Dream Rare
royal copenhagen christmas plate 1937 collectors dream rare
$74.99
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Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate 1942 Collectors Dream Rare
royal copenhagen christmas plate 1942 collectors dream rare
$85.00
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Vintage Royal Doulton THE BEACHCOMBER Figurine HN 2487 RARE NICE
vintage royal doulton the beachcomber figurine hn 2487 rare nice
$172.95
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Happy Birthday TO YOU Music Box DB36 Royal Doulton Bunnykins RARE BUNNY
happy birthday to you music box db36 royal doulton bunnykins rare bunny
$99.99
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Royal Doulton Rare Large Character Jug Sairey Gamp A MARK w Eyes Up MINT
royal doulton rare large character jug sairey gamp a mark w eyes up mint
$37.46
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RARE ROYAL ALBERT Tom Kitten THE WORLD OF BEATRIX POTTER PORCELAIN FIGURINES
rare royal albert tom kitten the world of beatrix potter porcelain figurines
$37.50
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VINTAGE MATS JONASSON CRYSTAL LION PAPERWEIGHT SCULPTURE ROYAL KRONA SWEDEN RARE
vintage mats jonasson crystal lion paperweight sculpture royal krona sweden rare
$89.00
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Ultra Rare Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Cat Figurine 667 Yawning Cat
ultra rare royal copenhagen porcelain cat figurine 667 yawning cat
$2,400.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON WILLIAM WORDSWORTH Loving Cup 2 handle jug mug Spectacular
rare royal doulton william wordsworth loving cup 2 handle jug mug spectacular
$3,850.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Davy Crockett Large Character Jug D7293 Ltd of 100 Box + COA
rare royal doulton davy crockett large character jug d7293 ltd of 100 box + coa
$900.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Allan Scharff Design Fruit Knife Denmark
rare royal copenhagen allan scharff design fruit knife denmark
$19.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton THE SEAFARER Figurine HN 2455 RARE NICE
vintage royal doulton the seafarer figurine hn 2455 rare nice
$219.95
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Royal Doulton England Curly Locks Hn2049 Rare
royal doulton england curly locks hn2049 rare
$49.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Kingsware Flask Tony Weller Dewars Whisky
rare royal doulton kingsware flask tony weller dewars whisky
$495.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Kingsware Flask Ben Johnson Dewars Whisky
rare royal doulton kingsware flask ben johnson dewars whisky
$325.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Kingsware Flask George the Guard Dewars Whisky
rare royal doulton kingsware flask george the guard dewars whisky
$795.00
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Robin Hood Royal Doulton LARGE Character Toby Jug D6527 Lot RARE
robin hood royal doulton large character toby jug d6527 lot rare
$99.00
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Plate GARDENING WITH FAMILY1940s England Stamp RARE VTG
royal doulton bunnykins plate gardening with family1940s england stamp rare vtg
$15.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON GRANNY CHARACTER JUG D5521 OLD MARK LOW USA SHIPPING
rare royal doulton granny character jug d5521 old mark low usa shipping
$39.99
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Rare and Vintage Royal Doulton Mr Micawber Square Plate D5175
rare and vintage royal doulton mr micawber square plate d5175
$33.33
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c1902 Rare Royal Doulton Hand Painted Mythical Birds Ball Pitcher Artist M Unwin
c1902 rare royal doulton hand painted mythical birds ball pitcher artist m unwin
$110.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN BEAR FIGURINE BY KK KNUD KYHN RARE BROWN BEAR NO 21433
royal copenhagen bear figurine by kk knud kyhn rare brown bear no 21433
$49.00
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Antique Rare Royal Doulton Man Fly Fishing Bowl from Gallant Fishing Series
antique rare royal doulton man fly fishing bowl from gallant fishing series
$299.99
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Royal Doulton Trotty Veck Dickens Figurine 4 7 8 Rare
royal doulton trotty veck dickens figurine 4 7 8 rare
$39.95
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Rare 1920s Royal Doulton Shakespeare Series Plate Wolsey D3746
rare 1920s royal doulton shakespeare series plate wolsey d3746
$62.49
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VINTAGE ANTIQUE ROYAL DOULTON THE JESTER PLATE D6277 RARE
vintage antique royal doulton the jester plate d6277 rare
$39.95
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Royal Doulton Rare Organ Grinder Figurine HN 2173
royal doulton rare organ grinder figurine hn 2173
$767.00
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Bird Hunter With Dog Red Royal Doulton Flambe Woodcut Vase 1612 ULTRA RARE
bird hunter with dog red royal doulton flambe woodcut vase 1612 ultra rare
$299.00
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VINTAGE RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE Boudoir HN2542 Haute Ensemble Collection
vintage rare royal doulton figurine boudoir hn2542 haute ensemble collection
$149.99
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1946 RARE ROYAL DOULTON MARY JANE FIGURINE 631 IN MINT CONDITION PRETTY LADY
1946 rare royal doulton mary jane figurine 631 in mint condition pretty lady
$199.59
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1980s Royal Cornwall Rosemary Calder Calhoun Collectible Plates Western Art Rare
1980s royal cornwall rosemary calder calhoun collectible plates western art rare
$320.00
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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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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON DOLL NISBET TUESDAY GIRL MINT IN BOX
rare vintage royal doulton doll nisbet tuesday girl mint in box
$69.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON CHARACTER MUG SIMPLE SIMON D6374 LARGE TOBY JUG
rare royal doulton character mug simple simon d6374 large toby jug
$170.00
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Rare Royal Brierley Bowl  Lidded Jar Cut Crystal Matched Set Made in England
rare royal brierley bowl lidded jar cut crystal matched set made in england
$125.00
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RARE+VINTAGE Set of 6 Royal Copenhagen Collectible Plates Plaques
rare+vintage set of 6 royal copenhagen collectible plates plaques
$49.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen figurine Hans Clodhopper hand painted with over glaze
rare royal copenhagen figurine hans clodhopper hand painted with over glaze
$400.00
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LARGE Desperate Dan Character Toby Jug D7006 By Royal Doulton ULTRA RARE
large desperate dan character toby jug d7006 by royal doulton ultra rare
$199.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Coronet Dan Brechner Two Pigs one standing one lying down
rare vintage royal coronet dan brechner two pigs one standing one lying down
$7.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Mr Pickwick Queensware Whisky Flask Dickens Whiskey
rare royal doulton mr pickwick queensware whisky flask dickens whiskey
$549.00
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Rare Queen Elizabeth I Pitcher Royal Doulton Queensware Version
rare queen elizabeth i pitcher royal doulton queensware version
$429.00
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Royal Copenhagen Langelinie Mermaid Vase 4463 With Glossy Finish RARE FIND
royal copenhagen langelinie mermaid vase 4463 with glossy finish rare find
$39.99
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Royal Doulton Antique China Cup Bluebell Gatherers 1915 Seriesware D3812 RARE
royal doulton antique china cup bluebell gatherers 1915 seriesware d3812 rare
$24.49
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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton HN1885 Nadine Womens Figurine
extremely rare royal doulton hn1885 nadine womens figurine
$3,240.00
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Royal Doulton Mountain Sheep figurine marked HN 2661 Rare
royal doulton mountain sheep figurine marked hn 2661 rare
$19.00
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Antique Royal Doulton 3 Jack Russel Terriers in Basket Figure Rare HN2588V
antique royal doulton 3 jack russel terriers in basket figure rare hn2588v
$70.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Sleepyhead Girl in Chair HN 2114
very rare royal doulton figurine sleepyhead girl in chair hn 2114
$725.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Roaring Polar Bear 502 by Carl Liisberg
rare royal copenhagen roaring polar bear 502 by carl liisberg
$167.50
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ROYAL COPLEY VINTAGE RARE KOI FISH VASE 8 TALL ART DECO
royal copley vintage rare koi fish vase 8 tall art deco
$28.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Antique Scenic Plate c1925 D4494
very rare royal doulton antique scenic plate c1925 d4494
$79.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Tranquility 2469 Spectacular Rare Free Shipping
royal doulton figurine tranquility 2469 spectacular rare free shipping
$64.99
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Department 56 Old Royal Observatory Gold Dome RARE
department 56 old royal observatory gold dome rare
$250.00
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NEW Harmony Kingdom Silk Anniversary RARE Calvesbert 2000 Royal Watch RWCTSI
new harmony kingdom silk anniversary rare calvesbert 2000 royal watch rwctsi
$29.99
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RARE 1961 ROYAL DOULTON GLADIATOR 275 TOBY MUG CHARACTER JUG D6556 MINT BV450
rare 1961 royal doulton gladiator 275 toby mug character jug d6556 mint bv450
$129.74
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Rare Royal Copehnagen JUL 1921 Christmas Plate Aabenraa Marketplace
rare royal copehnagen jul 1921 christmas plate aabenraa marketplace
$25.00
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Royal Doulton figurine HN 2147 Autumn Breezes rare black and white colorway
royal doulton figurine hn 2147 autumn breezes rare black and white colorway
$59.99
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Royal Doulton Lord Nelson Commemorative Jug 1905 RARE Excellent Cond
royal doulton lord nelson commemorative jug 1905 rare excellent cond
$169.00
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RARE 1947 ROYAL KPM CHRISTMAS WEIHNACHTEN WALL PLATE 75
rare 1947 royal kpm christmas weihnachten wall plate 75
$134.25
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ROYAL DOULTON CUSTER SITTING BULLTOBY JUGRARE LIMITED EDITION IN EXCCND
royal doulton custer sitting bulltoby jugrare limited edition in exccnd
$55.00
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VintageRare Royal Doulton England Gold Crested Wren Bird FigurineHN 2613
vintagerare royal doulton england gold crested wren bird figurinehn 2613
$24.99
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ROYAL DOULTON THE BALLOON MAN FIGURINE HN1954 Rare Marks 1928 1954 75 Tall
royal doulton the balloon man figurine hn1954 rare marks 1928 1954 75 tall
$29.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine HN 2066 Minuet RARE red dress
royal doulton figurine hn 2066 minuet rare red dress
$499.99
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Rare Vintage 1963 Royal Doulton The Lobster Man Porcelain Figurine HN2323 75
rare vintage 1963 royal doulton the lobster man porcelain figurine hn2323 75
$379.99
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Royal Copenhagen Oil Jug With Lid Aluminia Faience Pottery 1969 1974 Rare
royal copenhagen oil jug with lid aluminia faience pottery 1969 1974 rare
$130.00
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RARE Pickwick series Royal Doulton Toby Jug Tony Weller Extra Large
rare pickwick series royal doulton toby jug tony weller extra large
$25.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Cocker Spaniel HN 1029 Excellent Condition
very rare royal doulton cocker spaniel hn 1029 excellent condition
$25.00
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ROYAL VALE BONE CHINA TEA CUP  SAUCER Cottage Scene RIDGWAY POTTERY Rare Find
royal vale bone china tea cup saucer cottage scene ridgway pottery rare find
$10.00
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Extremely Rare Royal Adderley Bone China Floral Bahama Policeman Figurine
extremely rare royal adderley bone china floral bahama policeman figurine
$0.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton BLUE Flambe 10 Pedistal Bowl Country Scene VERY RARE
vintage royal doulton blue flambe 10 pedistal bowl country scene very rare
$529.06
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Vintage Royal Doulton Stoneware Slaters Ewer Pair GREAT DETAIL RARE SET
vintage royal doulton stoneware slaters ewer pair great detail rare set
$474.99
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Royal Doulton London Bobby Character Jug D6477 Large SILVER WHISTLE VERY RARE
royal doulton london bobby character jug d6477 large silver whistle very rare
$897.74
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS WHITE CAVALIER DB 179 LE Made in the UK
rare royal doulton bunnykins white cavalier db 179 le made in the uk
$498.74
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Vintage Royal Doulton 5 PC Set Royal Family Bunnykins RARE LIMITED EDITION UK M
vintage royal doulton 5 pc set royal family bunnykins rare limited edition uk m
$237.49
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Vintage Royal Doulton BLUE Flambe 11 Large Bowl Welsh Lion VERY RARE
vintage royal doulton blue flambe 11 large bowl welsh lion very rare
$598.49
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RARE Vintage Royal Doulton AUSTRALIAN SYDNEY Bunnykins DB195 Limited Edition UK
rare vintage royal doulton australian sydney bunnykins db195 limited edition uk
$78.80
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RARE 1930 Vintage Royal Doulton Marie HN1370 Bone China Made in England
rare 1930 vintage royal doulton marie hn1370 bone china made in england
$39.95
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RARE Vintage Royal Copenhagen 1963 Christmas Plate Hojsager Mill Mint Pamplet
rare vintage royal copenhagen 1963 christmas plate hojsager mill mint pamplet
$39.99
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RARE Vintage 1967 Royal Copenhagen Christmas Plate Royal Oak Mint Pamplet
rare vintage 1967 royal copenhagen christmas plate royal oak mint pamplet
$17.99
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Toy Box Rare 2001 TeaSeaCo White
royal doulton bunnykins toy box rare 2001 teaseaco white
$49.99
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN PICTURE FRAME DENMARK BLUE 1970 STERLING SILVER HANGER
rare royal copenhagen picture frame denmark blue 1970 sterling silver hanger
$37.95
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Royal Doulton GEISHA Figurine HN1223 Extremely RARE
royal doulton geisha figurine hn1223 extremely rare
$2,500.00
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Royal Doulton Fine English Porcelain Figurine Jacqueline HN 4309 Rare Find EUC
royal doulton fine english porcelain figurine jacqueline hn 4309 rare find euc
$290.00
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13 3 4 LARGE ANTIQUE ROYAL BONN VASE LILAC GERMANY BEAUTIFUL RARE
13 3 4 large antique royal bonn vase lilac germany beautiful rare
$69.99
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Rare Beswick Royal Doulton Beatrix Potter Miss Moppet BP3b F Warne England
rare beswick royal doulton beatrix potter miss moppet bp3b f warne england
$39.96
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RARE ANTIQUE c1920 ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK MOTHER  SON AT SUNRISE 9 DIAMETER
rare antique c1920 royal copenhagen denmark mother son at sunrise 9 diameter
$63.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Farmer John  8290 Ash Bowl 1939 1960 Perfect Condition
rare royal doulton farmer john 8290 ash bowl 1939 1960 perfect condition
$92.54
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JEROBOAM ROYAL BLEND WHISKY JUG RARE VINTAGE COLLECTIBLE H KENNEDY POTTERIES
jeroboam royal blend whisky jug rare vintage collectible h kennedy potteries
$179.61
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RARE VIETNAM ERA RAR ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT INFANTRY SKIPPY HAT BADGE 01
rare vietnam era rar royal australian regiment infantry skippy hat badge 01
$38.34
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Royal Doulton Bone China Figurine Marie HN 1370 27 RARE VINTAGE
royal doulton bone china figurine marie hn 1370 27 rare vintage
$49.00
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6 CROWN ROYAL WHISKEY ETCHED ROCK GLASS TUMBLER OLD FASHIONED Collectible Rare
6 crown royal whiskey etched rock glass tumbler old fashioned collectible rare
$29.99
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RARE ANTIQUE ROYAL CHINESE GAMING COUNTER CASINO CHIP AND 14K GOLD WITH DIAMOND
rare antique royal chinese gaming counter casino chip and 14k gold with diamond
$2,500.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Sairey Gamp HN 558 Rare Black Colorway
royal doulton figurine sairey gamp hn 558 rare black colorway
$95.00
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ROYAL FORMATION OF WHITE BIG FLUORITE BALLS ON CHALCEDONY SPECIMENRARE
royal formation of white big fluorite balls on chalcedony specimenrare
$160.00
quality
RARE 1936 ROYAL CORONATION SOUVENIR KING EDWARD VIII OXO MONEY BANK BOX
rare 1936 royal coronation souvenir king edward viii oxo money bank box
$44.95
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Very rare Chero Cola Union bottle label 1912 1914 NEHI Beverage Royal Crown
very rare chero cola union bottle label 1912 1914 nehi beverage royal crown
$750.00
quality
40+ Keychains World Traveler Collection Many RARE Reisler Viking Royal Carriage
40+ keychains world traveler collection many rare reisler viking royal carriage
$29.99
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Century Royal Portable Typewriter with Case Rare
century royal portable typewriter with case rare
$59.00
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RARE SET OF ROYAL DOULTON THREE MINIATURE TOBY JUGS MUGS
rare set of royal doulton three miniature toby jugs mugs
$199.99
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Queen Elizabeth Rare Wallaceburg ONT CA Coronation Glass Custom Royal Town Crest
queen elizabeth rare wallaceburg ont ca coronation glass custom royal town crest
$36.63
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Antique RARE African Benin Nigerian Royal Ceremonial Sword 265
antique rare african benin nigerian royal ceremonial sword 265
$149.00
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Royal Doulton  Best Wishes  Bone China Figurine Pretty Ladies NEW RARE HTF
royal doulton best wishes bone china figurine pretty ladies new rare htf
$250.00
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RARE 1924 Royal Robeson Rochester Fraunfelter Electric Coffee Pot As Is
rare 1924 royal robeson rochester fraunfelter electric coffee pot as is
$174.85
quality
Rare 1953 BG Christmas Plate Royal Danish Yacht Blue  White Porcelain
rare 1953 bg christmas plate royal danish yacht blue white porcelain
$34.99
quality
RARE MEDICOM KUBRICK BATTLE ROYALE SURVIVAL PROGRAM CARD  FIGURES JAPAN
rare medicom kubrick battle royale survival program card figures japan
$35.99
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Vintage Royal Empress Elite Rare Manual Portable Typewriter MCE 13 1960s
vintage royal empress elite rare manual portable typewriter mce 13 1960s
$49.99
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RARE LARGE CAST IRON PLAQUE ROYAL SCOTS GREYS MILITARY
rare large cast iron plaque royal scots greys military
$178.28
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Rare Vintage Hand painted Royal Japan Porcelain Cat Charming
rare vintage hand painted royal japan porcelain cat charming
$29.95
quality
Very Rare Royal Collection Faberge Blue Clock New
very rare royal collection faberge blue clock new
$38.74
quality
ROYAL DOULTON RARE 1949 FIGURINE HN 2058 HERMIONE EXCELLENT CONDITION
royal doulton rare 1949 figurine hn 2058 hermione excellent condition
$700.00
quality
Set 3 ACL Nehi RC Royal Crown Beverages Bottles Augusta GA Baltimore MD NR Rare
set 3 acl nehi rc royal crown beverages bottles augusta ga baltimore md nr rare
$25.99
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EXTREMELY RARE Royal Copenhagen Royal Purple Ruby Red Full Lace Coffee Pot
extremely rare royal copenhagen royal purple ruby red full lace coffee pot
$4,500.00
quality
VTG rare Royal Britannia Glasgow Scotland white earthenware ceramic basket
vtg rare royal britannia glasgow scotland white earthenware ceramic basket
$20.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Figurine Stonreware Bear 20179 Knud Kyhn Figure Figur
rare royal copenhagen figurine stonreware bear 20179 knud kyhn figure figur
$159.00
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Royal Doulton Bonjour HN1888 Bone China 1942 Figurine 725 Signed EX RARE
royal doulton bonjour hn1888 bone china 1942 figurine 725 signed ex rare
$1,813.50
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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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