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Vintage Rare Royal Doulton England 4 quarter  Mirabel M74 Lady Figurine
vintage rare royal doulton england 4 quarter mirabel m74 lady figurine
$675.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine HN2378 Simone 1970 Rare
royal doulton figurine hn2378 simone 1970 rare
$20.00
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Royal Copenhagen Rare Large Collectible Porcelain Figurine Mother and Child MINT
royal copenhagen rare large collectible porcelain figurine mother and child mint
$1,299.99
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Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Figurine DEIDRE
rare vintage royal doulton figurine deidre
$76.22
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ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG JUG ASHTRAY FARMER JOHN OLD A MARK RARE 8290 3 DALTON
royal doulton toby mug jug ashtray farmer john old a mark rare 8290 3 dalton
$49.99
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Rare Vintage ROYAL COPENHAGEN Japanese Chin Dog Porcelain Figurine FREE SHI
rare vintage royal copenhagen japanese chin dog porcelain figurine free shi
$169.99
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNIKINS TWO HANDLED CUP RARE ENGINE PULL CART
royal doulton bunnikins two handled cup rare engine pull cart
$25.99
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Vintage Royal Doulton bunnykins 1998 Jointed Bunny plush Rare 95
vintage royal doulton bunnykins 1998 jointed bunny plush rare 95
$11.95
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Vintage Royal Doulton Figure Of The Month September HN 3326 Rare
vintage royal doulton figure of the month september hn 3326 rare
$21.00
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VERY RARE Royal Doulton Santa Toby Mug with Holly  Pine Handle Christmas D6794
very rare royal doulton santa toby mug with holly pine handle christmas d6794
$125.00
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ROYAL DAULTON SHAKESPERE CHARACTER JUG FROM ENGLAND 75 TALL RARE
royal daulton shakespere character jug from england 75 tall rare
$49.99
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ROYAL DOULTON CHAUCERS CANTERBURY PILGRIMS PLATE rare vintage
royal doulton chaucers canterbury pilgrims plate rare vintage
$35.00
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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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RARE 2 DECORATIVE COLLECTIBLE ROYAL COPENHAGEN PLATES
rare 2 decorative collectible royal copenhagen plates
$84.15
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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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Royal Doulton SPECTRE James Bond 007 Bulldog Jack Dog NEW Rare Mint Craig
royal doulton spectre james bond 007 bulldog jack dog new rare mint craig
$124.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON KINGSWARE SKINNER  ROOK WHISKEY JUG
rare royal doulton kingsware skinner rook whiskey jug
$99.00
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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 Doulton Character Dog Foxhound Hound Running HN2510 Rare
royal doulton character dog foxhound hound running hn2510 rare
$99.99
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Bull Terrier Dog Style Two HN 2511
very rare royal doulton bull terrier dog style two hn 2511
$124.99
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Very Rare Royal Doulton Bull Terrier Dog Style One HN 1100
very rare royal doulton bull terrier dog style one hn 1100
$124.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Denmark Porcelain Pointer Puppy Dog Figurine 259
rare royal copenhagen denmark porcelain pointer puppy dog figurine 259
$75.00
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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
$55.55
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Royal Doulton Stan Laurel  Oliver Hardy figurines HN2774  HN2775 RARE
royal doulton stan laurel oliver hardy figurines hn2774 hn2775 rare
$359.99
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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 ROYAL WORCESTER CROWN WARE SALT AND PEPPER SHAKER 4 VINTAGE ENGLAND MARKED
rare royal worcester crown ware salt and pepper shaker 4 vintage england marked
$12.99
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RARE SIGNED ROYAL DOULTON TOBY JUG SMALL 35 FALSTAFF D6385
rare signed royal doulton toby jug small 35 falstaff d6385
$39.99
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON REAPER FARM WORKERS SILHOUETTE SERIES 10 half  PLATE 1910 30
rare royal doulton reaper farm workers silhouette series 10 half plate 1910 30
$67.46
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VINTAGE ROYAL DOULTON TOBY MUG RARE 3 BEEFEATER D6233
vintage royal doulton toby mug rare 3 beefeater d6233
$31.99
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Royal Doulton Large Quasimodo D7108 Limited 1049 of 2500 Very Rare
royal doulton large quasimodo d7108 limited 1049 of 2500 very rare
$150.00
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Royal Doulton Veronica RaNo 773349 Bone China Signed RARE Made in England
royal doulton veronica rano 773349 bone china signed rare made in england
$149.95
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Rare Royal Doulton HN 1399 The Little Mother
rare royal doulton hn 1399 the little mother
$249.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Autumn Breezes Figurine Pretty Ladies Harradine HN1911
rare royal doulton autumn breezes figurine pretty ladies harradine hn1911
$149.99
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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
$59.99
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Royal Doulton Dulcie Figurine Beautiful Blue dress Rare and so pretty EUC
royal doulton dulcie figurine beautiful blue dress rare and so pretty euc
$94.95
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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 Doulton Captain Bligh character jug 1995 RARE
royal doulton captain bligh character jug 1995 rare
$210.00
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Amager Girl Figurine In Native Costume
rare royal copenhagen amager girl figurine in native costume
$249.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen Amager Boy Figurine In Native Costume
rare royal copenhagen amager boy figurine in native costume
$249.99
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RARE LARGE ROYAL DOULTON THE JESTER PORCELAIN FIGURINE HN 2016 EXCELLENT
rare large royal doulton the jester porcelain figurine hn 2016 excellent
$74.00
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL NORFOLK CREAMER AND TEAPOT SET
rare vintage royal norfolk creamer and teapot set
$10.00
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Rare Cranberry Happy Birthday Plate Yesterdays Children Royal Crownford 875
rare cranberry happy birthday plate yesterdays children royal crownford 875
$10.50
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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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Rare early Royal Doulton Large Hand Painted Vase
rare early royal doulton large hand painted vase
$105.00
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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
$14.99
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Hatless Drake Royal Doulton Character Jug D6115 Very Rare
hatless drake royal doulton character jug d6115 very rare
$1,800.00
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Royal Doulton D6114 Cavalier With Goatee Extremely Rare Large Character Jug
royal doulton d6114 cavalier with goatee extremely rare large character jug
$1,700.00
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Royal Doulton Large Mephistopheles With A Verse Character Jug Very Rare D5757
royal doulton large mephistopheles with a verse character jug very rare d5757
$1,000.00
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Royal Doulton Pearly Girl Blue Jacket SMALL Character Jug Rare
royal doulton pearly girl blue jacket small character jug rare
$1,650.00
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Royal Doulton Red Haired Clown D5610 Rare Character Jug
royal doulton red haired clown d5610 rare character jug
$1,600.00
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Rare Royal Doulton D5521 Granny Dark Brown Glaze Large Character Jug
rare royal doulton d5521 granny dark brown glaze large character jug
$2,500.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON AUTUMN BREEZES BOTH FEET BONE CHINA HN1911 EJ EMBOSS L AA
rare royal doulton autumn breezes both feet bone china hn1911 ej emboss l aa
$32.99
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RARE 1927 Christmas from Royal Copenhagen Ships Boy Tiller on Christmas Night
rare 1927 christmas from royal copenhagen ships boy tiller on christmas night
$356.25
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Rare Nisbet Dolls Royal Doulton 115 Wednesdays Girl Collection Limited Edition
rare nisbet dolls royal doulton 115 wednesdays girl collection limited edition
$34.50
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Two 8 ROYAL DOULTON CHAUCERS CANTERBURY PILGRIMS PLATES rare vintage antique
two 8 royal doulton chaucers canterbury pilgrims plates rare vintage antique
$35.00
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4 65 ROYAL DOULTON CHAUCERS CANTERBURY PILGRIMS PLATES rare vintage antique
4 65 royal doulton chaucers canterbury pilgrims plates rare vintage antique
$50.00
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Royal Tara Galway Ireland Bone China Bell Irish Blossom Pattern EUC RARE
royal tara galway ireland bone china bell irish blossom pattern euc rare
$24.00
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RARE Dahl Jensen 1119 GIRL WITH BOWL 11cm tall ROYAL COPENHAGEN
rare dahl jensen 1119 girl with bowl 11cm tall royal copenhagen
$129.99
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Atlantic Molds 1973 Rare Boy Figure Collectible Vintage Royals
atlantic molds 1973 rare boy figure collectible vintage royals
$98.99
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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
$168.99
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Rare vintage Royal Sealy Japan napkin holder with birthday candles
rare vintage royal sealy japan napkin holder with birthday candles
$9.95
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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 VINTAGE 1971 AVON ROYAL SWAN COTILLION COLOGNE
rare vintage 1971 avon royal swan cotillion cologne
$10.00
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Royal Albert Saucer Only CAMELOT Mauve Flowers Vintage Shabby Chic RARE
royal albert saucer only camelot mauve flowers vintage shabby chic rare
$7.50
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ANTIQUE ROYAL ALBERT CROWN CHINA 743059 7 INCH PLATE FROM ENGLAND RARE TO FIND
antique royal albert crown china 743059 7 inch plate from england rare to find
$19.95
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Owd Willum HN2042 Signed by L Harradine
rare royal doulton figurine owd willum hn2042 signed by l harradine
$189.00
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FABULLUS RARE ROYAL DOULTON THE LONDON BOBBY TOBY MUG MUST SEE NO RESERVE
fabullus rare royal doulton the london bobby toby mug must see no reserve
$39.99
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Royal Doulton Girl Figurine Fair Maiden HN 2434 Rare Red Dress England
royal doulton girl figurine fair maiden hn 2434 rare red dress england
$31.05
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RARE SIGNED ROYAL DOULTON WHISKEY JUG W STERLING STOPPER 7 TALL X 5 half  WIDE
rare signed royal doulton whiskey jug w sterling stopper 7 tall x 5 half wide
$69.95
quality
rare royal doulton figurine the witch
rare royal doulton figurine the witch
$350.00
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3 RARE ROYAL DOULTON MINIATURE MUGS+ 1 LANCASTER  SANDLAND  MADE IN ENGLAND
3 rare royal doulton miniature mugs+ 1 lancaster sandland made in england
$29.99
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Rare Royal Copenhagen plate Queen Margaethe II from 1990
rare royal copenhagen plate queen margaethe ii from 1990
$25.00
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Rare Beswick Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Seated Dog Royal Doulton
rare beswick cavalier king charles spaniel seated dog royal doulton
$49.99
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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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Camellias HN3701 Royal Doulton Figurine flowers of love RARE
camellias hn3701 royal doulton figurine flowers of love rare
$676.18
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RARE LARGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN DENMARK FARM LANDSCAPE BIRDS VASE 102776 1217
rare large royal copenhagen denmark farm landscape birds vase 102776 1217
$79.99
quality
Rare Royal Dalton CONTEMPLATION Ivory Bone China Figurine PRISTINE
rare royal dalton contemplation ivory bone china figurine pristine
$109.00
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON REFLECTIONS FIGURINE JOY HN 3184 EXC
rare royal doulton reflections figurine joy hn 3184 exc
$209.99
quality
Vintage Rare ROBIN BIRD MUSIC BOX Royal Crown Bisque Porcelain sweet song
vintage rare robin bird music box royal crown bisque porcelain sweet song
$4.92
quality
Vintage Rare Art Noveau Royal Haeger Blue Trumpet Vase
vintage rare art noveau royal haeger blue trumpet vase
$19.99
quality
ROYAL DOULTON JOHN BARLEYCORN OLD LAD TOBY CHARACTER JUG D5735 RARE COLLECTIBLE
royal doulton john barleycorn old lad toby character jug d5735 rare collectible
$31.99
quality
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
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Spring Morning HN 1922 Mint
rare royal doulton spring morning hn 1922 mint
$50.00
quality
Cow Parade American Royal 9189 Retired Rare
cow parade american royal 9189 retired rare
$20.95
quality
Rare Royal Copenhagen Denmark Faun With Parrot 752 Porcelain Figurine
rare royal copenhagen denmark faun with parrot 752 porcelain figurine
$245.00
quality
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
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON LITTLE MESTER MUSEUM PIECE 224 MUST SEE NO RESERVE
rare royal doulton little mester museum piece 224 must see no reserve
$49.99
quality
Vintage ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN1911 AUTUMN BREEZES RARE TWO FOOTED hn1911
vintage royal doulton figurine hn1911 autumn breezes rare two footed hn1911
$254.97
quality
3 Vtg Miniature Plates Royal Copenhagen Denmark Cows Plow Horses Geese Girl Rare
3 vtg miniature plates royal copenhagen denmark cows plow horses geese girl rare
$29.99
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Rare ROYAL Doulton Budgie Parakeet BIRD FIGURINE Exquisite Detail
rare royal doulton budgie parakeet bird figurine exquisite detail
$64.99
quality
RARE Antique Victorian Royal Doulton Lambeth Ceramic Earthenware Jug Pitcher
rare antique victorian royal doulton lambeth ceramic earthenware jug pitcher
$125.00
quality
Rare Early 1900s Royal Doulton Burslem Luscian Ware Vase Signed J Hancock 6H
rare early 1900s royal doulton burslem luscian ware vase signed j hancock 6h
$299.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON SEA HARVEST HN2257 MINT MAGNIFICENT FIGURINE REG395 RARE
royal doulton sea harvest hn2257 mint magnificent figurine reg395 rare
$284.05
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SHIELD RED MILITARY GOLD TONE EMPHASIS ROYAL REGAL RARE PINBACK LAPEL PIN CC4
shield red military gold tone emphasis royal regal rare pinback lapel pin cc4
$30.69
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS PLATE 1995 CHRISTMAS AT THE MANOR HOUSE RARE
royal copenhagen christmas plate 1995 christmas at the manor house rare
$69.90
quality
SPECIAL COLLECTION RARE Mint WEDDING IN MONACO LP Grace Kelly Royal Ceremonies
special collection rare mint wedding in monaco lp grace kelly royal ceremonies
$65.00
quality
Tuborg Beer Green metal sign crown Royal Danish Court used rare scratches
tuborg beer green metal sign crown royal danish court used rare scratches
$136.00
quality
70 90s RARE HONG KONG FIREMAN FIREFIGHTING lot of 18 UNIFORM ROYAL BUTTON
70 90s rare hong kong fireman firefighting lot of 18 uniform royal button
$69.99
quality
VERY RARE Bulgarian MILITARY BRAVERY Silver Royal Medal 1879
very rare bulgarian military bravery silver royal medal 1879
$320.00
quality
Vintage Rare Bulgarian Royal Red Cross Badge Box 1917 Made in Vienna WWI 1031
vintage rare bulgarian royal red cross badge box 1917 made in vienna wwi 1031
$150.00
quality
RARE MINT 3 RAR 3rd BATTALION ROYAL AUSTRALIAN REGIMENT INFANTRY PLAQUE IN BOX
rare mint 3 rar 3rd battalion royal australian regiment infantry plaque in box
$74.91
quality
Pair Old 1981 Pink Panther Mug Rare Peekaboo 3D Handpainted Royal Orleans Cup
pair old 1981 pink panther mug rare peekaboo 3d handpainted royal orleans cup
$50.00
quality
RARE ORIGINAL WWI ROYAL BULGARIAN ARMY OFFICER WOOL VISOR HAT CAP NOT RUSSIAN
rare original wwi royal bulgarian army officer wool visor hat cap not russian
$199.00
quality
pacific line of royal rare postcard of  boat mail steamersbrasilfalklandsva
pacific line of royal rare postcard of boat mail steamersbrasilfalklandsva
$99.99
quality
VINTAGE GERMANY CONSUL ROYAL CIG LIGHTERNOT ORIGINAL BOX SWITZERLAND RARE
vintage germany consul royal cig lighternot original box switzerland rare
$29.99
quality
Canada RCAF Royal Canadian Air Force Association Cap Badge RARE
canada rcaf royal canadian air force association cap badge rare
$23.79
quality
8 Rare China Dynasty Royal Brass Auspicious Beast Face 3 Foots Jue Cup Wine CUp
8 rare china dynasty royal brass auspicious beast face 3 foots jue cup wine cup
$99.80
quality
DURSLEY FAMILY ROYAL DOULTON LIMITED EDITION OF 1000 HARRY POTTER FIGURINE RARE
dursley family royal doulton limited edition of 1000 harry potter figurine rare
$600.00
quality
WHOMPING WILLOW ROYAL DOULTON LIMITED EDITION OF 1000 HARRY POTTER FIGURE RARE
whomping willow royal doulton limited edition of 1000 harry potter figure rare
$1,000.00
quality
RARE ANTIQUE WW2 PAIR ROYAL NAVY SHOULDER STRAPS MILITARY EPAULETTES ARMY
rare antique ww2 pair royal navy shoulder straps military epaulettes army
$24.90
quality
RARE ANTIQUE WW2 PAIR ROYAL NAVY SHOULDER STRAPS MILITARY EPAULETTES ARMY
rare antique ww2 pair royal navy shoulder straps military epaulettes army
$24.90
quality
ITALIAN WWII FLAG WITH SAVOIA ROYAL FAMILY SHIELD ITALY WW2 BANNER RARE
italian wwii flag with savoia royal family shield italy ww2 banner rare
$149.95
quality
VTG Rare 1950s US Royal Tires Ashtray Embossed Glass Master Rubber
vtg rare 1950s us royal tires ashtray embossed glass master rubber
$24.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON REFLECTIONS FIGURINE HN 1847 VERY VERY RARE COLLECTABLES
royal doulton reflections figurine hn 1847 very very rare collectables
$1,050.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON BULLDOG PATCH DD002 NEW IN BOX NIB VERY POPULAR AND GETTING RARE
royal doulton bulldog patch dd002 new in box nib very popular and getting rare
$49.95
quality
4 VINTAGE VERY RARE UK ROYAL COAT OF ARMS CERA LOWBALL COCKTAIL TUMBLER GLASSES
4 vintage very rare uk royal coat of arms cera lowball cocktail tumbler glasses
$42.99
quality
Royal Doulton Gulliver D6566 Mini 275 Toby Mug DBiggs 1962 67 England Rare
royal doulton gulliver d6566 mini 275 toby mug dbiggs 1962 67 england rare
$90.00
quality
Very Rare Crown Royal 15 Year Old Vinyl Label Box and Bottle Original Waterloo
very rare crown royal 15 year old vinyl label box and bottle original waterloo
$349.99
quality
Old Soda Pop Bottle RC ROYAL CROWN COLA Embossed Neck with Star RARE
old soda pop bottle rc royal crown cola embossed neck with star rare
$32.00
quality
400 Very Rare Crown Royal 50ml Black Bags knitting sewing
400 very rare crown royal 50ml black bags knitting sewing
$250.00
quality
Duncan Royale History of Clown Slapstick Figurine Ltd Edition 467 120000 Rare
duncan royale history of clown slapstick figurine ltd edition 467 120000 rare
$29.95
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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