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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine K28 Cardinal 1940 1946
rare royal doulton figurine k28 cardinal 1940 1946
$309.00
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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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Vintage Rare Royal Schwabap Hand Decorated 7 half  Decorative Duck Plate EUC
vintage rare royal schwabap hand decorated 7 half decorative duck plate euc
$12.50
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Rare Royal Doulton Figure Titled Maureen HN1771 Excellent Condition
rare royal doulton figure titled maureen hn1771 excellent condition
$479.00
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Vintage Pos Royal Copley Teddy Bear Planter rare
vintage pos royal copley teddy bear planter rare
$10.20
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON TITANIAN WARE BOWL SIGNED CECIL ALDIN
rare royal doulton titanian ware bowl signed cecil aldin
$140.00
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Bowl Spaceship Rare
royal doulton bunnykins bowl spaceship rare
$9.95
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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 2 DECORATIVE COLLECTIBLE ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLATES
rare 2 decorative collectible royal copenhagen plates
$82.17
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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
$150.00
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Asian Dancing Figurine  405
rare royal copenhagen asian dancing figurine 405
$249.99
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Royal Albert Porcelain Figurine Kitten in Basket RARE
royal albert porcelain figurine kitten in basket rare
$34.00
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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
$33.33
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Nice RARE Vintage England ROYAL DOULTON Spring Morning Bone China FIGURE
nice rare vintage england royal doulton spring morning bone china figure
$54.95
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RARE Royal Doulton Flambe Elephant LARGE 9 x 5 3 4 Trunk in Salute
rare royal doulton flambe elephant large 9 x 5 3 4 trunk in salute
$150.00
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RARE SIGNED ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG SMALL 35 FALSTAFF D6385
rare signed royal doulton toby jug small 35 falstaff d6385
$29.99
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Rare Royal Doulton M80 Porcelain Figurine Goody Two Shoes England Blue
rare royal doulton m80 porcelain figurine goody two shoes england blue
$585.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Antique Match Holder and Ashtray
rare royal doulton antique match holder and ashtray
$85.00
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RARE 1959 Christmas Night ROYAL COPENHAGEN Denmark HANS HANSEN Plate 7 1 8 NRMT
rare 1959 christmas night royal copenhagen denmark hans hansen plate 7 1 8 nrmt
$65.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Rare HN2378 Simone 1970
royal doulton figurine rare hn2378 simone 1970
$65.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Shakespeare Ladys Juliet SIGNED
rare royal doulton shakespeare ladys juliet signed
$400.00
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Superb Royal Grafton Shakespeare Figurine Rare Flamb Red
superb royal grafton shakespeare figurine rare flamb red
$99.99
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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
$250.00
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RARE Royal Doulton HN 3805 Daisy 9 Inches Tall Excellent Condition
rare royal doulton hn 3805 daisy 9 inches tall excellent condition
$179.00
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Rare Vintage 1958 Royal Doulton Bacchus Toby Mug
rare vintage 1958 royal doulton bacchus toby mug
$39.99
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Royal Doulton Rare Lido Lady Figurine HN1220 Black Backstamp
royal doulton rare lido lady figurine hn1220 black backstamp
$425.00
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Chintz Royal Winton England Royalty Rare 3 Lobe server Candy Nuts Early Piece
chintz royal winton england royalty rare 3 lobe server candy nuts early piece
$149.00
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Rare Vintage 1957 Royal Copenhagen Figurine Oriental Woman with 3 Jugs 4357
rare vintage 1957 royal copenhagen figurine oriental woman with 3 jugs 4357
$320.00
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Chintz Royal Winton England Royalty Cambridge Jug 5 Rare 1940s 1950s
chintz royal winton england royalty cambridge jug 5 rare 1940s 1950s
$199.00
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Vintage Bunnykins Book Bank Royal Doulton Made England Ltd Complete Rare Figures
vintage bunnykins book bank royal doulton made england ltd complete rare figures
$9.99
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RARE RARE VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN FLORA DANICA COLOGNE 1980
rare rare vintage royal copenhagen flora danica cologne 1980
$100.00
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Rare Antique Royal Doulton Porcelain Plate Sir John Falstaff 10 half
rare antique royal doulton porcelain plate sir john falstaff 10 half
$88.00
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Vintage Rare Royal Doulton Bunnykins Springtime Outing Earthenware Cup 1958 75
vintage rare royal doulton bunnykins springtime outing earthenware cup 1958 75
$9.99
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Royal Doulton Mini Dog Figurine K 1 English Bulldog 2273 tall very rare
royal doulton mini dog figurine k 1 english bulldog 2273 tall very rare
$120.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Small Character Jug TobY Baseball Player D6878 LAST CHANCE
rare royal doulton small character jug toby baseball player d6878 last chance
$30.00
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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
$161.19
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2 Exotic Royal Iris RARE on eBay Otagiri Japan Mugs Fine China Kitchen Mugs
2 exotic royal iris rare on ebay otagiri japan mugs fine china kitchen mugs
$19.99
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DOULTON BURSLEM Rare Antique BRITISH BIRDS Brown Transferware Cup
doulton burslem rare antique british birds brown transferware cup
$60.80
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Iggi Eskimo by Royal Orleans Covered Igloo Box Rare Vintage Lovable Eskimo
iggi eskimo by royal orleans covered igloo box rare vintage lovable eskimo
$12.99
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Royal Doulton Seriesware Teapot A Cup of Tea with Dr Johnson D3367 Very Rare
royal doulton seriesware teapot a cup of tea with dr johnson d3367 very rare
$495.00
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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 Greta Figurine HN1485 Retired 1953 MINT
rare royal doulton greta figurine hn1485 retired 1953 mint
$60.00
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Rare Royal Dalton CONTEMPLATION Ivory Bone China Figurine PRISTINE
rare royal dalton contemplation ivory bone china figurine pristine
$68.00
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RARE Vtg Royal Doulton Tintern D5609 saucer with square space
rare vtg royal doulton tintern d5609 saucer with square space
$19.99
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Royal Dalton Collectors Book No 3  8 5 8x 5 half  20 Pages  Very Rare
royal dalton collectors book no 3 8 5 8x 5 half 20 pages very rare
$19.99
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RARE Vintage O  EG Royal Austria SALT  PEPPER Shakers Oscar  Edgar Gutherz
rare vintage o eg royal austria salt pepper shakers oscar edgar gutherz
$22.00
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Royal Doulton Loving Cup Master of the Foxhounds Very rare
royal doulton loving cup master of the foxhounds very rare
$455.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK PORCELAIN BUNNY RABBIT FIGURINE 22690 RARE
royal copenhagen denmark porcelain bunny rabbit figurine 22690 rare
$65.00
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN AND RARE LANDMANDEN MINIATURE PLATES  B  G BELL LOT
royal copenhagen and rare landmanden miniature plates b g bell lot
$29.99
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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 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
$188.00
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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 Doulton Bone China DARBY Figurine with Pet Rare HN 2024 MINT CONDITION
royal doulton bone china darby figurine with pet rare hn 2024 mint condition
$65.00
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Chintz Royal Winton England Summertime Vase 65 Rare
chintz royal winton england summertime vase 65 rare
$95.00
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Rare Royal Halsey Porcelain Footed Vanity Jar or Trinket Box Very Fine
rare royal halsey porcelain footed vanity jar or trinket box very fine
$15.99
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Vintage 1941 ROYAL DOULTON LONG JOHN SILVER CHARGER PLATE Platter 15 Rare
vintage 1941 royal doulton long john silver charger plate platter 15 rare
$65.00
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Rare Mothers Day 1972 Collectible Plate Royal Blue Winter China Limited Edition
rare mothers day 1972 collectible plate royal blue winter china limited edition
$24.95
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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON THE ORANGE VENDOR HN1966 RARE HTF 1st EDITION EX COND
vintage royal doulton the orange vendor hn1966 rare htf 1st edition ex cond
$385.00
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RARE 1967 Nils Thorsson ROYAL COPENHAGEN Fajance SMALL COFFEE MUG Denmark
rare 1967 nils thorsson royal copenhagen fajance small coffee mug denmark
$70.00
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS FIGURE  Mr BUNNYBEAT STRUMMING  DB16
rare royal doulton bunnykins figure mr bunnybeat strumming db16
$23.71
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Rare Royal Grafton Rural Cottage Rose Cottage Plate 1 in a four set series
rare royal grafton rural cottage rose cottage plate 1 in a four set series
$7.00
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RAREROYAL COPENHAGEN LIMITED EDITION COLLECTOR PLATE
rareroyal copenhagen limited edition collector plate
$79.99
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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
$85.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE LYDIA HN1907
rare royal doulton figurine lydia hn1907
$395.00
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Rare Royal Tara Leprechaun Pitcher Hand Painted Signed MM 93
rare royal tara leprechaun pitcher hand painted signed mm 93
$20.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON LADY FIGURINE LADY CHARMIAN NH1949 MINT CONDITION
rare royal doulton lady figurine lady charmian nh1949 mint condition
$95.99
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ROYAL DOULTON FORTUNE TELLER D6532 MINATURE CHARACTER JUG  RARE
royal doulton fortune teller d6532 minature character jug rare
$24.99
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Rare Blue Sky Clayworks Royal Cottage Tea Light Ceramic by H Goldminc
rare blue sky clayworks royal cottage tea light ceramic by h goldminc
$17.99
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Extremely Rare Antique Royal Doulton Pitcher and Bowl Adams Pattern
extremely rare antique royal doulton pitcher and bowl adams pattern
$349.95
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RARE 1937 ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG TOOTHLESS GRANNY CHARACTER MUG OLD CRONE A
rare 1937 royal doulton toby jug toothless granny character mug old crone a
$34.99
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Duncan Royale Pierrot Mime Clown Figurine Statue Limited Edition RARE
duncan royale pierrot mime clown figurine statue limited edition rare
$60.00
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VINTAGE RARE GRACE LADY GREEN DRESS Figurine by Royal Doulton HN 2318
vintage rare grace lady green dress figurine by royal doulton hn 2318
$24.99
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Royal Copenhagen 1968 Christmas Plate THE LAST UMIAK Rare
royal copenhagen 1968 christmas plate the last umiak rare
$9.95
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Vintage Royal Doulton Bunnykins Mom  Baby Bath Time Apron Adult RARE
vintage royal doulton bunnykins mom baby bath time apron adult rare
$26.95
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RARE Miniature 1 quarter  Royal Doulton Miniature Toby  The Cardinal Tiny D 6258
rare miniature 1 quarter royal doulton miniature toby the cardinal tiny d 6258
$25.00
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Tuesdays Child Boy Cup Mug Royal Worcester Bone China Hand Painted NICE RARE
tuesdays child boy cup mug royal worcester bone china hand painted nice rare
$25.19
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SUPER RARE antique Royal Doulton Autumn Breezes signature editionnice  T287
super rare antique royal doulton autumn breezes signature editionnice t287
$99.99
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RARE Royal Stafford Lone Cypress Plate From Merles Treasure Chest Carmel
rare royal stafford lone cypress plate from merles treasure chest carmel
$11.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Mr Bunnybeat Strumming DB 16 England
rare vintage royal doulton mr bunnybeat strumming db 16 england
$24.95
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Royal Vale Decorative Wall 8 Plate with Vintage Image of a Little Girl Rare
royal vale decorative wall 8 plate with vintage image of a little girl rare
$9.95
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Vintage Royal Copenhagen Figurine  757 Girl  A Birdhouse Rare On eBay Denmark
vintage royal copenhagen figurine 757 girl a birdhouse rare on ebay denmark
$90.00
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Royal Albert Old Country Roses English Buffet Punch Cups Set of 4 BNIB RARE
royal albert old country roses english buffet punch cups set of 4 bnib rare
$129.99
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN SIGNED PORCELAIN BEAR FIGURINE 22748 BROWN GLAZE EXC
rare royal copenhagen signed porcelain bear figurine 22748 brown glaze exc
$25.00
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RARE 1977 ROYAL COPENHAGEN IMMERBAD BRIDGE DENMARK COLLECTOR PLATE
rare 1977 royal copenhagen immerbad bridge denmark collector plate
$9.99
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK LARGE DOG FIGURINE SITTING BLOODHOUND 1322
rare royal copenhagen denmark large dog figurine sitting bloodhound 1322
$299.99
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RARE Royal Doulton SPORTING GIFTS TENNIS SG7 22763
rare royal doulton sporting gifts tennis sg7 22763
$14.99
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Royal Doulton FIGURINE PAISLEY SHAWL RED  CREAM APPROX 8 half RARE
royal doulton figurine paisley shawl red cream approx 8 half rare
$39.97
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Rare Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Cobalt 50 anniversary plate Y7 W7 A8 E8
rare royal air force battle of britain cobalt 50 anniversary plate y7 w7 a8 e8
$47.52
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Susan rare
royal doulton bunnykins susan rare
$18.00
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rare Royal Doulton The Old Balloon Seller HN decorative plate
rare royal doulton the old balloon seller hn decorative plate
$14.99
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ROYAL DOULTON England Hn2791 LADY Elaine FIGURE FIGURINE RARE Large 7 3 4 tall
royal doulton england hn2791 lady elaine figure figurine rare large 7 3 4 tall
$69.99
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ROYAL DOULTON England Hn2343 LADY Premiere FIGURINE Rare Large 7 3 4 tall
royal doulton england hn2343 lady premiere figurine rare large 7 3 4 tall
$49.99
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RARE ROYAL COPENHAGEN Larger 17 Figurine Creeping White Cat 059RC 473
rare royal copenhagen larger 17 figurine creeping white cat 059rc 473
$770.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Golden Retriver Dog
rare royal doulton golden retriver dog
$49.99
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Rare adv girl First Natioinal Bank of Fairbank Coin pig bank Royal Ind 1974
rare adv girl first natioinal bank of fairbank coin pig bank royal ind 1974
$49.99
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Rare adv mouse First Natioinal Bank of Fairbank Coin pig bank Royal Ind 1970
rare adv mouse first natioinal bank of fairbank coin pig bank royal ind 1970
$49.99
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Vintage  Rare Royal Portable Typewriter Very Collectable
vintage rare royal portable typewriter very collectable
$69.14
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Rare Bulgaria Royal Medal Cross for Bulgarian Independence 22 September 1908
rare bulgaria royal medal cross for bulgarian independence 22 september 1908
$49.97
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Crown Royal Whiskey Special Reserve dark purple velvet drawstring bag VERY RARE
crown royal whiskey special reserve dark purple velvet drawstring bag very rare
$29.99
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Rare Old Chinese Royal Dragon Tiger Deer Barbarian Hunting Pattern Bronze Mirror
rare old chinese royal dragon tiger deer barbarian hunting pattern bronze mirror
$299.00
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Rare Original British WW1 Royal Flying Corps RFC Malacca Swagger Stick
rare original british ww1 royal flying corps rfc malacca swagger stick
$113.37
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HTF RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE JOY HN 3184 BOXED
htf rare royal doulton figurine joy hn 3184 boxed
$174.99
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Over the Horizon Legend of Air Power 100 Anni Royal Thai Airforce RTAF Book Rare
over the horizon legend of air power 100 anni royal thai airforce rtaf book rare
$149.99
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RARE COBALT BLUE HAIR MEDICINE ROYAL HAIR RESTORER
rare cobalt blue hair medicine royal hair restorer
$100.00
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ORIGINAL ROYAL JORDANIAN AIR FORCE PATCH 25 SQUADRON MIRAGE F1 VERY RARE
original royal jordanian air force patch 25 squadron mirage f1 very rare
$39.99
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1754 Fine ROYAL Binding FRENCH Latin CATHOLIC Devotional LOUIS XVI Adelaide RARE
1754 fine royal binding french latin catholic devotional louis xvi adelaide rare
$225.00
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McCALLUMS WHISKY VINTAGE CERAMIC PUB JUG PITCHER ROYAL DOULTON 1930s RARE
mccallums whisky vintage ceramic pub jug pitcher royal doulton 1930s rare
$325.00
quality
Badge Vintage Collector Royal National Lifeboat Institution BROOCH Badge RARE
badge vintage collector royal national lifeboat institution brooch badge rare
$31.83
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WW11 Royal Navy Motor Boat Reserve Officers Cap Badge KC Bronzed Brass RARE
ww11 royal navy motor boat reserve officers cap badge kc bronzed brass rare
$50.94
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WW1 ROYAL FLYING CORPS SWEETHEART BROOCH RARE
ww1 royal flying corps sweetheart brooch rare
$82.78
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RCAF Royal Canadian Air Force Sterling Silver Wing Lapel Pin WWII WW2 RARE
rcaf royal canadian air force sterling silver wing lapel pin wwii ww2 rare
$22.25
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1950s Royal Military College Canada Astrachan Cap Fine Wool Hat Rare Offering
1950s royal military college canada astrachan cap fine wool hat rare offering
$199.99
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WWII Era Royal Military College of Canada RMC Pillbox Hat By Scully Rare
wwii era royal military college of canada rmc pillbox hat by scully rare
$229.99
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1st ROYAL DRAGOONS 1915 19 A B RARE COLLAR BADGE
1st royal dragoons 1915 19 a b rare collar badge
$25.48
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RARE SEALED CASE 24 CANADA DRY GINGER ALE BOTTLES MADE FOR ROYAL WEDDING 1981
rare sealed case 24 canada dry ginger ale bottles made for royal wedding 1981
$1,000.00
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Rare Romania Rumania Bene Merenti Order of the Royal House 3CL WEARERS COPY
rare romania rumania bene merenti order of the royal house 3cl wearers copy
$299.99
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VINTAGE RARE TROOPER 1854 ROYAL HUSSAB YARDLEY MUSK EAU DE COLOGNE BOTTLELONDON
vintage rare trooper 1854 royal hussab yardley musk eau de cologne bottlelondon
$99.00
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1244gm Royal Collection Natural STILBITE Specimen RARE PIECE
1244gm royal collection natural stilbite specimen rare piece
$270.00
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MIB Royal Doulton Taking Things Easy Rare White Figurine All Original
mib royal doulton taking things easy rare white figurine all original
$199.99
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Vintage Rare Japan LIONS Club TOKYO LIDABASHI Pin Bar Back Royal Blue Gold tone
vintage rare japan lions club tokyo lidabashi pin bar back royal blue gold tone
$74.06
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RARE Royal Doulton Figurine LORETTA HN 2337 Issued 1965
rare royal doulton figurine loretta hn 2337 issued 1965
$75.00
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Politics and rare coins might not seem to go together, but they are linked throughout the history of the United States. From the first coins of the 1650s to the change you carry in your pocket today, political influence has been a significant part of United States coinage.

The first coins struck in what is now the United States were minted in 1652, more than a century before the "United States" existed. The Massachusetts Bay Colony struck silver coins from 1652 through about 1682, yet all but one of the denominations always carried the date 1652 regardless of the actual year of issue. Why? Politics. Since the coins were minted openly, there was real intent to fool the British Crown into believing that all of coinage in circulation was actually minted in 1652, when there was no monarchy. Instead, it was probably a courtesy. The colonists were saying: "We're going to continue to mint our own coins while not appearing to flagrantly ignore your edicts."

In 1665, after receiving a book of laws from the colonists, the King's Commissioners requested that a number of laws be changed or repealed. Among them was the following: ". . .title money, the law about a mint house, etc., be repealed, for coining is a royal prerogative, for the usurping of which yet act of indemnity is only a salvo."

Salvo? More like a salvation, as the coins were desperately needed in the colonies. It was time when wampum, musket bullets, and counterfeit foreign coins were used as money alongside the few legitimate coins that were available. The colonists ignored the request of the Crown, evidently without penalty.

The Civil War of 1861-65 presented tremendous problems for circulating coinage.

The silver half dime was one of the many denominations that wasn't circulating, and the five-cent fractional currency was considered to be a poor substitute. A solution to the problem was a coin of a new metal, and coins struck in nickel were introduced.

Nickel is impractical for coin production, as its hardness is conducive to laminations, die breaks, poor strikes, and many other problems. When James Pollock, director of the Mint in 1865, proposed a new nickel alloy for coinage, he was under the influence of political pressure. His personal preference was for coins made of French bronze, but nickel magnate Joseph Wharton had many friends in Congress, and the new nickel alloy won out. Nickel had been used in the copper-nickel cents of 1856-64, but the demand or nickel became unprecedented with the introduction of the three cent nickel (1865) and the five cent nickel (1866).

Nickel coins are still struck today, of course, and many of the problems are just as prevalent. Try putting together a set of problem-free Jefferson nickels, let alone such series as Buffalo nickels or Shield nickels.

The political clout of the followers of the late Anthony Comstock led to a significant change in our coinage in 1917. Hermon MacNeil's magnificent Standing Liberty quarter design, first introduced in 1916, was beautiful and popular. It was also scandalous, at least to the highly vocal Society for the Suppression of Vice. Treasury Secretary William McAdoo was bombarded with complaints about Miss Liberty's partial nudity, and in mid-1917 the design was modified to cover the lady. It is often argued that there were other reasons for the change, such as 1) the type one coins wouldn't stack, or 2) the chain mail placed on Miss Liberty was a symbol of war, or 3) it was done so the coin would strike up better. Argument #3 is totally invalid, as the type one Standing Liberty quarter is consistently far superior in strike to the type two. The other two arguments have a degree of credibility based on surviving documents, but the most important reason for the change was almost assuredly a case of "comstockery" as the prudery was labeled by prominent writers of the era.

While the incidents of coins mixing with politics mentioned above are famous ones, perhaps no other case can quite compare to the Morgan dollar. The Mint Act of 1873 abolished this denomination, along with the other issues such as the three-cent silver and the half dime. By 1878 the silver dollar was back as the result of extreme political pressure from the silver interests, such as the owners of the gigantic Comstock Lode, a monumental silver mine in Nevada. Overriding a presidential veto, the Bland-Allison Act of February 28, 1878 provided that the government would purchase $2 million to $4 million in domestic silver for coinage into silver dollars. It took less than two weeks for the new design to be approved, the dies made, and the first proofs struck.

The Sherman Silver Purchase Act set the amount of silver to be purchased monthly at an exact figure-187 tons per month. When the act was repealed in 1893, the mine owners were rich and the Treasury vaults were overflowing with unneeded silver dollars. It wasn't until 1898 that legislation provided for the disposal of the remaining silver through continued silver dollar mintage. In 1904, the silver finally ran out in 1893, the mine owners were rich and the Treasury vaults were overflowing with unneeded silver dollars. It wasn't until 1898 that legislation provided for the disposal of the remaining silver through continued silver dollar mintage. In 1904, the silver finally ran out, and Morgan dollar production ended for 17 years.

The story of the Morgan dollar was nearly finished-but not quite. In 1918 the Pittman Act was instituted, which required the melting of up to 350,000,000 silver dollars. A little over a quarter of a billion-that's right, billion-were actually melted, but political pressure caused another weird scenario. The silver lobby persuaded Congress to include a clause that domestic silver be purchased to replace the silver dollars lost in the melting. What was this silver used for? Starting in 1921, it was used to mint silver dollars!

Coins and politics. Politics and coins. After nearly 350 years, they are still inextricably entwined, an integral part of our past and an inevitable part of our future.

The three-cent nickel: the alloy won out over silver

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