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Extremely Rare Royal Doulton Dickens Ware Sairey Gamp Victorian Street Platter
extremely rare royal doulton dickens ware sairey gamp victorian street platter
$69.95
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VERY RARE VINTAGE PORCELAIN ROYAL DOULTON BIRD BULLFINCH K 31 BRINKMAN ESTATE
very rare vintage porcelain royal doulton bird bullfinch k 31 brinkman estate
$465.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Chlloe M10 Miniature 764558
very rare royal doulton chlloe m10 miniature 764558
$199.99
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VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN GIRL BATHING RARE FIGURINE 1229 SIGNED C THOMSEN MINT
vintage royal copenhagen girl bathing rare figurine 1229 signed c thomsen mint
$229.00
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VTG ROYAL COPENHAGEN RARE PORCELAIN GIRL WITH BOOK 922 SIGNED CHR THOMSEN MINT
vtg royal copenhagen rare porcelain girl with book 922 signed chr thomsen mint
$132.00
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VTG ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK 3 FINCH BIRDS RARE PORCELAIN FIGURINE 1045 MINT
vtg royal copenhagen denmark 3 finch birds rare porcelain figurine 1045 mint
$85.00
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Rare Early 1900s Royal Doulton Flower Seller HN789
rare early 1900s royal doulton flower seller hn789
$324.99
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Royal Tara Shamrock Bone China Bell 5 half  tall rare
royal tara shamrock bone china bell 5 half tall rare
$9.99
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VINTAGE LARGE D5823 OWD MAC AULD MAC ROYAL DOULTON Toby Mug Jug Pitcher RARE
vintage large d5823 owd mac auld mac royal doulton toby mug jug pitcher rare
$68.99
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RARE Vintage Royal Doulton Hand Painted Bowl Circa 1912 Date Code D3601
rare vintage royal doulton hand painted bowl circa 1912 date code d3601
$599.99
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RARE 1984 Ronald Reagan Royal Doulton Toy Mug Ltd Edition 1499 5000 w COA
rare 1984 ronald reagan royal doulton toy mug ltd edition 1499 5000 w coa
$199.95
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BUNNYKINS RARE SWEET HEARTS ROYAL DOULTON BONE CHINA 5317 CHILDS PLATE
bunnykins rare sweet hearts royal doulton bone china 5317 childs plate
$13.95
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0  RARE ROYAL DOULTON THE LIFEBOAT MAN HN 2764  1987 excellent
0 rare royal doulton the lifeboat man hn 2764 1987 excellent
$74.00
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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 Ivy figurine Rdno 814959 HN1768
rare and collectible royal doulton ivy figurine rdno 814959 hn1768
$50.00
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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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LARGE RARE ROYAL DOULTON BLACK COCKER SPANIEL STAR OF WARE HN 1000
large rare royal doulton black cocker spaniel star of ware hn 1000
$187.00
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Royal Doulton Veronica RNo 773349 Bone China Signed RARE Made in England
royal doulton veronica rno 773349 bone china signed rare made in england
$176.00
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ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND RARE FIGURINE HN 2016 THE JESTER MINT
royal doulton england rare figurine hn 2016 the jester mint
$129.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Civil War Grant and Lee w Confederate Flag D6698 Toby Mug LE
rare royal doulton civil war grant and lee w confederate flag d6698 toby mug le
$50.00
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Rare Royal Doulton George Washington  King George 2 Sided Toby Mug
rare royal doulton george washington king george 2 sided toby mug
$75.00
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RARE ROYAL ALBERT BEATRIX POTTER BENJAMIN ATE A LETTUCE LEAF FIGURINE 1992
rare royal albert beatrix potter benjamin ate a lettuce leaf figurine 1992
$9.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Captain Cook HN2889 Yellow Map RARE
royal doulton figurine captain cook hn2889 yellow map rare
$254.99
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Royal crownford RARE ivy rose design cat figurine
royal crownford rare ivy rose design cat figurine
$10.00
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Rare Antique Basket 313 Her Majestys Royal Letter Pats Thomas Sevington
rare antique basket 313 her majestys royal letter pats thomas sevington
$19.98
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RARE Royal Doulton 1985 Flying Snowman Mobile Gift Collection in Original Box
rare royal doulton 1985 flying snowman mobile gift collection in original box
$74.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Wildfowl Hand painted Collection Mallard Female Duck Figurine
rare royal doulton wildfowl hand painted collection mallard female duck figurine
$20.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Mr Toadflax DBH10 Brambly Hedge RUDE Version
rare royal doulton mr toadflax dbh10 brambly hedge rude version
$365.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Bunnykins OOMPAH BAND CYMBALS Figurine DB25 GOLDEN JUBILEE
rare royal doulton bunnykins oompah band cymbals figurine db25 golden jubilee
$99.97
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Vintage Royal Copley duck roooster chicken planter Stuffed Animal line RARE
vintage royal copley duck roooster chicken planter stuffed animal line rare
$29.59
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SET OF 6 ROYAL HEIDLEBERG FRUIT  NUT 10 PLATES WINTERLING GERMANY RARE
set of 6 royal heidleberg fruit nut 10 plates winterling germany rare
$44.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Flambe Elephant and Young HN 3548 Signed and In Box Pristine
rare royal doulton flambe elephant and young hn 3548 signed and in box pristine
$325.00
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Extremely Rare Vintage Huge Royal Copenhagen Figurine of a Ducks 412 Denmark
extremely rare vintage huge royal copenhagen figurine of a ducks 412 denmark
$649.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Character Jug UGLY DUCHESS  Mint
very rare royal doulton character jug ugly duchess mint
$356.99
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Royal Doulton Miniature Womens Figurine Priscilla M13 VERY Rare Up for 2WKS
royal doulton miniature womens figurine priscilla m13 very rare up for 2wks
$644.99
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Vintage retired 1984 Royal Doulton Bunnykins Happy Birthday Bunny Music Box RARE
vintage retired 1984 royal doulton bunnykins happy birthday bunny music box rare
$45.00
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VINTAGE LARGE D5823 OWD MAC AULD MAC ROYAL DOULTON Toby Mug Jug Pitcher RARE
vintage large d5823 owd mac auld mac royal doulton toby mug jug pitcher rare
$149.99
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Royal Doulton HN1140 Daschund Dog Figurine Rare Item10 Up for 2 weeks only
royal doulton hn1140 daschund dog figurine rare item10 up for 2 weeks only
$424.99
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Rare Royal Cauldon England Est 1774 Haddon Hill Antique Plate Perfect
rare royal cauldon england est 1774 haddon hill antique plate perfect
$4.99
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON  HAWAIIAN WAHINES by the RIVER  plate D6305Vibrant Exc
rare royal doulton hawaiian wahines by the river plate d6305vibrant exc
$16.85
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Rare Royal Cauldon England Est 1774 Gads Hill The Home of Charles Dickens Plate
rare royal cauldon england est 1774 gads hill the home of charles dickens plate
$14.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine The Cellist HN2226 RARE in Mint Condition
royal doulton figurine the cellist hn2226 rare in mint condition
$205.00
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Royal Doulton English China Figurine Pensive Moments HN 2704 Rare Color
royal doulton english china figurine pensive moments hn 2704 rare color
$81.00
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Rare  New Condition Royal Copenhagen Plate Dish with Beautiful Cottage Scene
rare new condition royal copenhagen plate dish with beautiful cottage scene
$19.99
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A MARK RARE ROYAL DOULTON FAT BOY JOE 2 quarter  TOBY MUG 1939 1956
a mark rare royal doulton fat boy joe 2 quarter toby mug 1939 1956
$25.00
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Royal Doulton Titanian A Spook H Tittensor HN50 c1910 Figurine RARE Color
royal doulton titanian a spook h tittensor hn50 c1910 figurine rare color
$1,000.60
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Royal Doulton Figurine Ellen HN 3020 Perfect and Rare
royal doulton figurine ellen hn 3020 perfect and rare
$149.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Holly HN3647 Mint and Rare
royal doulton figurine holly hn3647 mint and rare
$79.95
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Royal Doulton Figurine Sweet Maid HN 2092 Perfect and Rare
royal doulton figurine sweet maid hn 2092 perfect and rare
$175.00
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Rare Royal Doulton 9 Flambe Fox Figurine Signed Noke
rare royal doulton 9 flambe fox figurine signed noke
$349.00
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VINTAGE RARE ROYAL CANADIAN GLASS MINI BOTTLES SALT  PEPPER SHAKERS
vintage rare royal canadian glass mini bottles salt pepper shakers
$12.99
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Royal Doulton Chloe Figurine RN764558 Rare HN1765 Up for ONE LAST WEEK
royal doulton chloe figurine rn764558 rare hn1765 up for one last week
$364.99
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NEW Royal Doulton Dream Keepers The Purpose of Life Rare Mint w Box
new royal doulton dream keepers the purpose of life rare mint w box
$12.99
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RARE ROYAL WESSEX ENGLAND BLUE WILLOW CHOP PLATE PLATTER
rare royal wessex england blue willow chop plate platter
$16.00
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Royal Doulton Trotty Veck Dickens Figurine 4 7 8 Rare
royal doulton trotty veck dickens figurine 4 7 8 rare
$19.99
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RARE Royal Doulton D3596 Romeo Limited Edition Shakespearian Character Tray K339
rare royal doulton d3596 romeo limited edition shakespearian character tray k339
$113.95
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Royal Worcester Plate Christmas Sunday Sabbath Child Jenny Barnard 8 NEW RARE
royal worcester plate christmas sunday sabbath child jenny barnard 8 new rare
$31.34
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Duncan Royale Santa Dedt Moroz 9091 Numbered History of Santa RARE
duncan royale santa dedt moroz 9091 numbered history of santa rare
$74.00
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HARMONY KINGDOM ORIGINAL BOX FIGURINE OLLIE OWL ROYAL WATCH CLUB CALVESBERT RARE
harmony kingdom original box figurine ollie owl royal watch club calvesbert rare
$35.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN3820 Lillie Langtry 1995 8 half  High 597
rare royal doulton hn3820 lillie langtry 1995 8 half high 597
$295.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN3041 The Lawyer 1984 8 half  H 596
rare royal doulton hn3041 the lawyer 1984 8 half h 596
$225.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN1972 The Regency Beau 8 High 607
rare royal doulton hn1972 the regency beau 8 high 607
$995.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton HN3471 British Sporting Heritage Ascot 1992 592
very rare royal doulton hn3471 british sporting heritage ascot 1992 592
$295.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN2256 Twilight 1970 5 H 587
rare royal doulton hn2256 twilight 1970 5 h 587
$295.00
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Rare Royal Doulton No name No number Mrs Camp Toby Jug 4 1 8 High 538
rare royal doulton no name no number mrs camp toby jug 4 1 8 high 538
$495.00
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Rare Coll Royal Doulton No name No number M Picwick Toby Jug 4 3 8 High 539
rare coll royal doulton no name no number m picwick toby jug 4 3 8 high 539
$125.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN2344 Sweet  Twenties 1981 8 1 8 H 554
rare royal doulton hn2344 sweet twenties 1981 8 1 8 h 554
$225.00
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Rare Royal Doulton London Cry HN752  6 6 8 High 563
rare royal doulton london cry hn752 6 6 8 high 563
$1,295.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Pyjams 5 H 568
rare royal doulton pyjams 5 h 568
$695.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN2385 Debbie 1968 5 5 8 H 598
rare royal doulton hn2385 debbie 1968 5 5 8 h 598
$95.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Winged angel on back HN656 The Mask 6 6 8 High 612
rare royal doulton winged angel on back hn656 the mask 6 6 8 high 612
$1,995.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN735 Shepherdess Handwritten 6 7 8 High 611
rare royal doulton hn735 shepherdess handwritten 6 7 8 high 611
$1,995.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN1973 The Corinthian 7 7 8 High 599
rare royal doulton hn1973 the corinthian 7 7 8 high 599
$995.00
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Rare Royal Doulton HN1813 Forget me Not 6 High 603
rare royal doulton hn1813 forget me not 6 high 603
$995.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Miniature M23 Polly Peachum 2 High 637
rare royal doulton miniature m23 polly peachum 2 high 637
$995.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton No name No number 7 5 8 High 641
very rare royal doulton no name no number 7 5 8 high 641
$2,995.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton D6780 John Barleycorn Tankard 5 H 541
rare royal doulton d6780 john barleycorn tankard 5 h 541
$225.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Milady HN1970 6 3 8 High 675
very rare royal doulton milady hn1970 6 3 8 high 675
$1,495.00
quality
Vintage Royal Orleans Pink Panther Salt And Pepper Shakers Rare Collectible
vintage royal orleans pink panther salt and pepper shakers rare collectible
$65.99
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RARE EARLY MARK ROYAL DOULTON Biddy Penny Farthing HN1843 w wood stand
rare early mark royal doulton biddy penny farthing hn1843 w wood stand
$75.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine Owd Willum HN  2042 COPR 1948
rare vintage royal doulton figurine owd willum hn 2042 copr 1948
$74.95
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Rare Royal Doulton 1945 Forty Winks  HN1974 Retired
rare royal doulton 1945 forty winks hn1974 retired
$72.95
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Royal Chelsea1867 1967 Expo Canada Centenial Plate Canadian Collector Rare
royal chelsea1867 1967 expo canada centenial plate canadian collector rare
$26.99
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ROYAL DOULTON REFLECTIONS FIGURINE HN 1847 VERY VERY RARE COLLECTABLES
royal doulton reflections figurine hn 1847 very very rare collectables
$1,050.00
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Very Rare Royal Doulton HN3068 Les Saisons Automne Autumn 1985 573
very rare royal doulton hn3068 les saisons automne autumn 1985 573
$2,995.00
quality
Royal Doulton Figurine Vintage BLACKSMITH HN 2782 England RARE
royal doulton figurine vintage blacksmith hn 2782 england rare
$199.99
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Royal Doutlon Figurine DOG Playful Terrier HN2510 RARE
royal doutlon figurine dog playful terrier hn2510 rare
$199.99
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Royal Doulton Rip Van Winkle B Series Ware Rack Plate D2788 c1907 Very Rare
royal doulton rip van winkle b series ware rack plate d2788 c1907 very rare
$290.00
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Allens Royal powder tin talc tin Victorian tin advertising tin rare
allens royal powder tin talc tin victorian tin advertising tin rare
$60.00
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MONACO Royal Wedding 1956 Princess Grace Kelly with 5 real stamps RARE
monaco royal wedding 1956 princess grace kelly with 5 real stamps rare
$249.95
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Rare Royal Doulton Bunnykins Figurine DB67 Family Photograph Special Events
rare royal doulton bunnykins figurine db67 family photograph special events
$84.99
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RARE VINTAGE 1950s PINK ROYAL QUIET DE LUXE PORTABLE MANUAL TYPEWRITER
rare vintage 1950s pink royal quiet de luxe portable manual typewriter
$285.00
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NEW RARE Halcyon Days Enamel MASTERS TENNIS Royal Albert Hall 2005
new rare halcyon days enamel masters tennis royal albert hall 2005
$50.00
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton HN 1101 Puppy Dog Panting Figurine Excellent Cond
rare vintage royal doulton hn 1101 puppy dog panting figurine excellent cond
$123.00
quality
RARE VINTAGE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE BROWN CERAMIC ASHTRAY bark horse
rare vintage royal canadian mounted police brown ceramic ashtray bark horse
$99.99
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Vintage Royal Coat of Arms of Canada lighter work rare superb antique
vintage royal coat of arms of canada lighter work rare superb antique
$24.95
quality
ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS PLATE 2008 SEPIA EDITION SIGNED RARE CENTENNIAL
royal copenhagen christmas plate 2008 sepia edition signed rare centennial
$90.00
quality
ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS PLATE 2007 GREEN EDITION SIGNED RARE CENTENNIAL
royal copenhagen christmas plate 2007 green edition signed rare centennial
$130.00
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RARE ROYAL CROWN COLA Cardboard Sign ORIGINAL
rare royal crown cola cardboard sign original
$317.00
quality
Gorgeous Royal Doulton Town Crier HN2119 RARE 1952
gorgeous royal doulton town crier hn2119 rare 1952
$24.99
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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
quality
ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS NURSERY CLOCK 2002 VERY RARE BRAND NEW IN BOX SEALED A1
royal doulton bunnykins nursery clock 2002 very rare brand new in box sealed a1
$24.88
quality
Rare Sterling Demuth Vintage Estate Pipe Wooden Briar Root WDC Royal Demuth 126
rare sterling demuth vintage estate pipe wooden briar root wdc royal demuth 126
$20.00
quality
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
$99.99
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Rare 1937 Royal Doulon Bunnykins porridge bowlGame of Golf signed
rare 1937 royal doulon bunnykins porridge bowlgame of golf signed
$35.00
quality
RARE Royal Copenhagen Figurine Stonreware Cat Lynx 20242 Knud Kyhn Figure Figur
rare royal copenhagen figurine stonreware cat lynx 20242 knud kyhn figure figur
$175.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Figurine Stonreware Bear 20271 Knud Kyhn Figure Figur
rare royal copenhagen figurine stonreware bear 20271 knud kyhn figure figur
$175.00
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ANTIQUE VERY RARE ROYAL DOULTON BLOSSOM MOTHER FIGURINE DATED 1934
antique very rare royal doulton blossom mother figurine dated 1934
$2,000.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Figurine Stonreware Bear 21675 Knud Kyhn Figure Figur
rare royal copenhagen figurine stonreware bear 21675 knud kyhn figure figur
$175.00
quality
Royal Doulton Fat Boy Joe Toby Mug Rare 2 quarter
royal doulton fat boy joe toby mug rare 2 quarter
$80.00
quality
Rare Dahl Jensen Royal Copenhagen Porcelain Samoyed Dog Estate Find
rare dahl jensen royal copenhagen porcelain samoyed dog estate find
$66.00
quality
Prince George Royal Baby Limited Edition 46 2013 Loving Cup RARE
prince george royal baby limited edition 46 2013 loving cup rare
$750.00
quality
19c RUE ROYALE PARIS LUBIN JASMIN DESPAGNE ANTIQUE GLASS PERFUME BOTTLE RARE
19c rue royale paris lubin jasmin despagne antique glass perfume bottle rare
$199.99
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Medal Royal Belgian Athletics League LRBA enamel old rare
medal royal belgian athletics league lrba enamel old rare
$20.00
quality
RARE Vintage BG Bing  Grondahl Stoneware Figurine Goat Royal Copenhagen 1699
rare vintage bg bing grondahl stoneware figurine goat royal copenhagen 1699
$175.00
quality
RARE VICTORIAN PHOTO 19c ROYAL VISIT PRINCE OF WALES ORIGINAL AFRICAN AMERICANS
rare victorian photo 19c royal visit prince of wales original african americans
$20.43
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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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