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Rare Vintage Bone China Pink Flower Shoe With Navy Blue Royal Seal Japan Sticker
rare vintage bone china pink flower shoe with navy blue royal seal japan sticker
$13.00
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Rare Queen Elizabeth I Pitcher Royal Doulton Queensware Version
rare queen elizabeth i pitcher royal doulton queensware version
$349.00
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ROYAL DOULTON ARTIST ARTHUR BROWN AB SIGNED Top OThe Hill  FIGURINE RARE
royal doulton artist arthur brown ab signed top othe hill figurine rare
$39.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine Maytime HN 2113 Perfect and Rare
royal doulton figurine maytime hn 2113 perfect and rare
$49.99
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Royal Doulton Guardsman 1986 Rare still has sticker Collectable
royal doulton guardsman 1986 rare still has sticker collectable
$22.95
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RARE VINTAGE Royal Doulton Figurine BONNIE LASSIE HN 1626 Ret 1953 Mint
rare vintage royal doulton figurine bonnie lassie hn 1626 ret 1953 mint
$131.50
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Duncan Royals History Of Santa Claus St Lucia 1835 RARE FIGURE
duncan royals history of santa claus st lucia 1835 rare figure
$75.00
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Royal Worcester Figurine Sweet Rose petite and rare
royal worcester figurine sweet rose petite and rare
$45.00
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ROYAL DOULTON WINSTON CHURCHILL LARGE CHARACTER JUG Older mark rare find
royal doulton winston churchill large character jug older mark rare find
$155.95
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Royal Doulton England The Lobster Man HN 2323 VERY RARE Cream color version
royal doulton england the lobster man hn 2323 very rare cream color version
$222.00
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Rare Royal Doulton England 4 quarter  Mirabel M74 Lady Figurine
rare royal doulton england 4 quarter mirabel m74 lady figurine
$675.00
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Ultra Rare Admiral Jellico D7229 Large Royal Doulton Character Jug
ultra rare admiral jellico d7229 large royal doulton character jug
$499.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Titanian Ware Bird of Paradise Vase and Plate Circa 1925
rare royal doulton titanian ware bird of paradise vase and plate circa 1925
$429.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Titanian Ware Bird of Paradise Series Bowl Circa 1925
rare royal doulton titanian ware bird of paradise series bowl circa 1925
$399.00
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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
$75.00
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ROYAL DAULTON RARE ROYAL ENGLISH POTTERY COMMERATIVE TWIST HANDELED JUMBO CUP
royal daulton rare royal english pottery commerative twist handeled jumbo cup
$75.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FAT BOY JOE MINIATURE TOBY MUG 1939 1956
rare royal doulton fat boy joe miniature toby mug 1939 1956
$50.63
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HN1756 Lizana RARE Royal Doulton Figurine HN 1756 RETIRED Early Issue
hn1756 lizana rare royal doulton figurine hn 1756 retired early issue
$1,199.99
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Royal Doulton SWEET VIOLETS HN 3175 figurine Reflections Series RARE
royal doulton sweet violets hn 3175 figurine reflections series rare
$135.00
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Royal Doulton JASMINE HN1862 figurine RARE Production Year 1942
royal doulton jasmine hn1862 figurine rare production year 1942
$462.00
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Vintage Royal Copley 8 Pottery Praying Angel Wall Pocket Figurine Planter Rare
vintage royal copley 8 pottery praying angel wall pocket figurine planter rare
$9.95
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RARE Royal Pavilion Brighton 2 Handle Tea Cup Cotton Jar from Elizabeth Arden
rare royal pavilion brighton 2 handle tea cup cotton jar from elizabeth arden
$25.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Hand Painted Bone China Cradle Song Figure 1958 HN 2246
rare royal doulton hand painted bone china cradle song figure 1958 hn 2246
$98.00
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Rare Retired Royal Doulton Bone China Figurine Fair Lady HN 2832 C1962 MINT
rare retired royal doulton bone china figurine fair lady hn 2832 c1962 mint
$69.56
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Rare Retired Royal Doulton Pretty Ladies Autumn Breezes 4716 MINT Bone China
rare retired royal doulton pretty ladies autumn breezes 4716 mint bone china
$59.56
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Rare Early Royal Doulton Owd Mac Australia RN 821265 Date Mark 1939
rare early royal doulton owd mac australia rn 821265 date mark 1939
$135.00
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Rare Early Set of Four Royal Doulton Sairey Gamp Toby Mugs Lrg MdSTiny
rare early set of four royal doulton sairey gamp toby mugs lrg mdstiny
$99.00
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Rare Early Set of Two Small  Royal Doulton  Arry and Mr MicawberToby Jugs
rare early set of two small royal doulton arry and mr micawbertoby jugs
$49.00
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Rare Early Set of Three Royal Doulton The Cardinal Toby Mugs LrgMdTiny
rare early set of three royal doulton the cardinal toby mugs lrgmdtiny
$129.00
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Rare Early Royal Doulton Dick Turpin Toby Mug Large Early A Mark
rare early royal doulton dick turpin toby mug large early a mark
$135.00
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Rare Early Set of Three Royal Doulton The Lawyer Toby Mugs LrgMd Small
rare early set of three royal doulton the lawyer toby mugs lrgmd small
$129.00
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Rare Early  Royal Doulton  Lobster Man D 6620 Toby Jug
rare early royal doulton lobster man d 6620 toby jug
$55.00
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Rare Early Royal Doulton Auld Mac Toby Mug Large Early D5823 Mark 1977
rare early royal doulton auld mac toby mug large early d5823 mark 1977
$95.00
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Rare Early Set of Two Royal Doulton Fat Boy Toby Mugs Mini and Small Minty
rare early set of two royal doulton fat boy toby mugs mini and small minty
$49.99
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Rare Early Set of Three Royal Doulton Arriet Toby Mugs LrgSTiny RN847682
rare early set of three royal doulton arriet toby mugs lrgstiny rn847682
$189.00
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Rare Early Royal Doulton Rip Van Winkle  Toby Mug Large Early D 6438 Mark
rare early royal doulton rip van winkle toby mug large early d 6438 mark
$135.00
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Rare Early Set of Two Small  Royal Doulton  Arry Toby Mugs Small and Tiny
rare early set of two small royal doulton arry toby mugs small and tiny
$99.00
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Rare Large Royal Doulton Standing Siamese Cat Figurine Made in England 65 Tall
rare large royal doulton standing siamese cat figurine made in england 65 tall
$29.99
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2 Rare vintage royal halsey very fine bird plates WILL SELL SEPARATELY SEE AD
2 rare vintage royal halsey very fine bird plates will sell separately see ad
$4.49
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Rare Royal Doulton figurine HN 3211 Christening Day girl pink MINT
rare royal doulton figurine hn 3211 christening day girl pink mint
$80.00
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Rare Royal Dux Art Nouveau Dog Figure of Hound c 1920 Austrian Pottery
rare royal dux art nouveau dog figure of hound c 1920 austrian pottery
$800.00
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON HUDSONS BAY COMPANY MICAWBER BOTTLE made in England c 1930s
rare royal doulton hudsons bay company micawber bottle made in england c 1930s
$325.00
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ROYAL DOULTON MILADY HN1970 FIGURINE VERY RARE
royal doulton milady hn1970 figurine very rare
$1,300.00
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Royal Doulton Bunnykins Bowl Peter Rabbit Bone China ORIGINAL A ISSUE RARE
royal doulton bunnykins bowl peter rabbit bone china original a issue rare
$26.50
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ROYAL DOULTON BUNNYKINS BUNNYBANK RARE
royal doulton bunnykins bunnybank rare
$55.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Mini Toby Mug Toothpick Holder Jane Seymour Toby Misstamp
rare royal doulton mini toby mug toothpick holder jane seymour toby misstamp
$35.00
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Rare ROYAL DOULTON Flying Geese Going Home HN3527 LOW RESERVE
rare royal doulton flying geese going home hn3527 low reserve
$29.99
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Rare ROYAL COPENHAGEN 1452 2802 Dog Figurine ENGLISH BULLDOG by Knud Kyhn
rare royal copenhagen 1452 2802 dog figurine english bulldog by knud kyhn
$700.00
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RARE Wein Royal Vienna white porcelain sculpture of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
rare wein royal vienna white porcelain sculpture of wolfgang amadeus mozart
$100.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine MIRACLE OF LIGHT Limited Edition 1200
rare royal doulton figurine miracle of light limited edition 1200
$100.00
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RARE ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE CAVALIER HN 2716 MINT
rare royal doulton figurine cavalier hn 2716 mint
$149.99
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Royal Doulton Hot Plate Cake Server Pristine Very Rare
royal doulton hot plate cake server pristine very rare
$40.00
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RARE VINTAGE ROYAL NORFOLK CREAMER AND TEAPOT SET
rare vintage royal norfolk creamer and teapot set
$12.75
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EUC RARE Vintage ROYAL COPENHAGEN porcelain reading sisters 1395 AMAGER mint
euc rare vintage royal copenhagen porcelain reading sisters 1395 amager mint
$98.00
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Rare Royal Doulton Figurine Owd Willum HN2042
rare royal doulton figurine owd willum hn2042
$189.00
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Very Rare Vintage A Royal Doulton Toby Mug Old Charlie 25 tall
very rare vintage a royal doulton toby mug old charlie 25 tall
$9.99
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Very Rare Vintage Royal Doulton Toby Mug The Lawyer 25 tall
very rare vintage royal doulton toby mug the lawyer 25 tall
$9.99
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RARE Royal Copenhagen Plate 1914 Sparrows at Holy Ghost Church Rare Weihnachten
rare royal copenhagen plate 1914 sparrows at holy ghost church rare weihnachten
$129.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine The Cobbler HN 1283 Very Rare Ex Cond
royal doulton figurine the cobbler hn 1283 very rare ex cond
$629.00
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Rare Royal Doulton The Family Album HN 2321 Figurine
rare royal doulton the family album hn 2321 figurine
$289.00
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Faberge Egg Rare Amazing Silver Enamel PendantRoyal Crown Blue Green Gold GP
faberge egg rare amazing silver enamel pendantroyal crown blue green gold gp
$69.99
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Royal Chelsea1867 1967 Expo Canada Centenial Plate Canadian Collector Rare
royal chelsea1867 1967 expo canada centenial plate canadian collector rare
$27.99
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Rare Christopher Radko Free Standing Finial ROYAL STAR 99 915 0
rare christopher radko free standing finial royal star 99 915 0
$110.00
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VICTORIAN CHARACTERS  ROYAL CHEF  ROYAL SCRIBE  Salt and Pepper Shakers RARE
victorian characters royal chef royal scribe salt and pepper shakers rare
$75.00
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Mug Marc Tetro Royal Canadian Mounted Police Rare with Horses and Flags
mug marc tetro royal canadian mounted police rare with horses and flags
$9.99
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Royal Doulton Toby Jug Mini Auld Mac Rip Van Winkle Sairey Gamp by Lingard Rare
royal doulton toby jug mini auld mac rip van winkle sairey gamp by lingard rare
$30.00
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Duncan Royale Santas THE MAGI RARE Limited Collectible porcelain figurine NOS
duncan royale santas the magi rare limited collectible porcelain figurine nos
$80.97
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HN5308 Balloon Clowns Trickster Royal Doulton Figurine Very Rare REDUCED
hn5308 balloon clowns trickster royal doulton figurine very rare reduced
$349.00
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ROYAL DOULTON RARE SET OF SIX 6 BUSTS
royal doulton rare set of six 6 busts
$150.00
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Rare Home Interior Clear Tall Royal Lace Votive 1
rare home interior clear tall royal lace votive 1
$4.99
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RARE BRADFORD EXCHANGE ROYAL WORCESTER HOPE FOR TOMORROW PLATE 538 2000
rare bradford exchange royal worcester hope for tomorrow plate 538 2000
$9.99
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Rare Royal Doulton 8 Gladiator Toby Jug D6550 Sculptor Max Henk
rare royal doulton 8 gladiator toby jug d6550 sculptor max henk
$99.00
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Royal Doulton Debbie Figurine Rare Pink
royal doulton debbie figurine rare pink
$84.00
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Royal Doulton Figurine Two to Tango Mickey Mini Mouse RARE Walt Disney Showcase
royal doulton figurine two to tango mickey mini mouse rare walt disney showcase
$99.95
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RARE Queen Mary Tudor Royal Doulton Character Jug Xtra Large
rare queen mary tudor royal doulton character jug xtra large
$49.00
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VINTAGE RARE ROYAL DOULTON ENGLAND CHARACTER TOBY JUG MUG MR PICKWICK A mark
vintage rare royal doulton england character toby jug mug mr pickwick a mark
$19.99
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Rare Girl Sitting with Flowers Royal Copenhagen Figurine 1473 Signed
rare girl sitting with flowers royal copenhagen figurine 1473 signed
$60.00
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Antique Early 1900s Red Royal Doulton Flambe Vase Teardrop Style ULTRA RARE
antique early 1900s red royal doulton flambe vase teardrop style ultra rare
$226.85
quality
Rare 1976 Royal Devon Rockwell Christmas Collector Plate IOB 24kt Rim
rare 1976 royal devon rockwell christmas collector plate iob 24kt rim
$7.50
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON WISTFUL Figurine doll in BLUE HN 2472 MINT condition
rare royal doulton wistful figurine doll in blue hn 2472 mint condition
$128.98
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VINTAGE RARE STEIN HER HIGHNESS CASTLE 12 OZ ROYAL HEAVY DURABLE TRAVEL MUG CUP
vintage rare stein her highness castle 12 oz royal heavy durable travel mug cup
$17.24
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SUPERB AND RARE ROYAL DOULTON 75 TOM PINCH DICKENSWARE FRIAR JUG
superb and rare royal doulton 75 tom pinch dickensware friar jug
$40.00
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VINTAGE ROYAL COPENHAGEN DECANTER WITH TOP RARE FREDERIKSBURG CASTLE
vintage royal copenhagen decanter with top rare frederiksburg castle
$19.99
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Rare Hand Painted Royal Tara Vase Hand Made In Ireland Vtg Collectible Harmony
rare hand painted royal tara vase hand made in ireland vtg collectible harmony
$12.99
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Royal Doulton Figurine DAMARIS HN 2079 Excellent Very rare
royal doulton figurine damaris hn 2079 excellent very rare
$750.00
quality
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
quality
ROYAL DOULTON FIGURINE HN 1599 Clotilde RARE Good Condition
royal doulton figurine hn 1599 clotilde rare good condition
$1,950.00
quality
Rare Royal Haeger sea Shell Angel WING Ash Tray Vintage antique Gold lay 155
rare royal haeger sea shell angel wing ash tray vintage antique gold lay 155
$30.16
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Ultra Rare Royal Copenhagen Large Mouse Bowl Figurine 492
ultra rare royal copenhagen large mouse bowl figurine 492
$202.50
quality
VERY RARE Retired NIB NEW 5658506 DEPT 56 1 ROYAL TREE COURT SET ANIMATED
very rare retired nib new 5658506 dept 56 1 royal tree court set animated
$165.00
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RARE Royal Doulton Character Jug Santa Claus with Christmas Bells Handle D6964
rare royal doulton character jug santa claus with christmas bells handle d6964
$750.00
quality
Royal Doulton Veteran Motorist Miniature Toby Jug D6641 Mint Condition RARE
royal doulton veteran motorist miniature toby jug d6641 mint condition rare
$19.99
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RARE LTD EDITION ROYAL COPENHAGEN FAJANCE FLOWER GIRL ANGEL OR BUTTERFLY WINGS
rare ltd edition royal copenhagen fajance flower girl angel or butterfly wings
$21.50
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Vintage Royal Doulton large toby jug Old Charlie RARE STAMP REG AUSTRALIA
vintage royal doulton large toby jug old charlie rare stamp reg australia
$99.00
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Canada RCAMC Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps KC Large Badge WW2 WWII RARE
canada rcamc royal canadian army medical corps kc large badge ww2 wwii rare
$26.73
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Large Rare Royal Copenhagen Arje Griegst Triton Bowl 14173 Outstanding Quality
large rare royal copenhagen arje griegst triton bowl 14173 outstanding quality
$99.99
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RR Rare Bulgarian Royal box for military Order of St Alexander 5th class
rr rare bulgarian royal box for military order of st alexander 5th class
$39.99
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Rare White Royal Doulton Mr Pickwick Jim Beam Character Toby Jug Made In England
rare white royal doulton mr pickwick jim beam character toby jug made in england
$123.45
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ROYAL COPENHAGEN ERIKSEN THE LITTLE MERMAID OLDER PIECE 3 SMALL VERSION RARE
royal copenhagen eriksen the little mermaid older piece 3 small version rare
$30.99
quality
Antique English Copper Tobacco Jar Pot Queen Victoria Royal Rare VR Crown
antique english copper tobacco jar pot queen victoria royal rare vr crown
$119.99
quality
Royal Doulton Toby Mug Simple Simon Large 6 quarter  Vintage 1952 Rare Near Mint
royal doulton toby mug simple simon large 6 quarter vintage 1952 rare near mint
$140.00
quality
LK Royal Cord Ford Mustang Vest Red Pony Patch Ford Buttons RARE Lg 1960s
lk royal cord ford mustang vest red pony patch ford buttons rare lg 1960s
$37.91
quality
ROYAL DOULTON NINETTE FIGURINE H N 2379 COPR 1970 RD NO 468 70 RARE
royal doulton ninette figurine h n 2379 copr 1970 rd no 468 70 rare
$39.99
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Rare Royal Doulton Burslem Spanish Ware Dragon Handle Ewer Circa late 1800s
rare royal doulton burslem spanish ware dragon handle ewer circa late 1800s
$1,000.00
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Royal Selangor Pewter Rare Aligator Stapler
royal selangor pewter rare aligator stapler
$79.99
quality
RARE ROYAL DOULTON COMPLETE SET OF DICKENS BUSTS ALL 6 PIECES
rare royal doulton complete set of dickens busts all 6 pieces
$69.95
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Antique 1937 Dutch Royal Yacht Piet Hein BUILDER BOOK Rare Netherlands King
antique 1937 dutch royal yacht piet hein builder book rare netherlands king
$75.00
quality
RARE 19TH CENTURY SPINNER PENDANT of ROYALS LORD and LADY unknown SOB
rare 19th century spinner pendant of royals lord and lady unknown sob
$49.00
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Vintage ROYAL Safari Script or Cursive RARE Portable Typewriter with Case
vintage royal safari script or cursive rare portable typewriter with case
$85.00
quality
ROYAL DOULTON Robin Hood 6534 Rare TOBY CHARACTER JUG 1959
royal doulton robin hood 6534 rare toby character jug 1959
$24.99
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Royal Copenhagen 1943 Christmas Plate Flight Into Egypt Extremely Rare Item
royal copenhagen 1943 christmas plate flight into egypt extremely rare item
$399.00
quality
Vintage 1927 Teapot John Maddock  Sons Ltd Royal Ivory Teapot 713227 Rare
vintage 1927 teapot john maddock sons ltd royal ivory teapot 713227 rare
$75.00
quality
MONACO 1963 Rare Picture Postcard of the Royal family Scott 535
monaco 1963 rare picture postcard of the royal family scott 535
$24.95
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RARE ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE ISLAMABAD PAKISTAN DETATCHMENT CHALLENGE COIN
rare royal canadian mounted police islamabad pakistan detatchment challenge coin
$29.99
quality
RARE Royal Doulton The Baseball Player D6957 1993 Limited Ed of 250 Mint
rare royal doulton the baseball player d6957 1993 limited ed of 250 mint
$99.00
quality
Rare Royal Doulton Figurine In The Stocks HN 2163
rare royal doulton figurine in the stocks hn 2163
$475.00
quality
RARE Royal Doulton England HAYSTACKS dinner plate circa 1902 1922 arts
rare royal doulton england haystacks dinner plate circa 1902 1922 arts
$39.19
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RARE 1962 ROYAL YORK MADE IN ENGLAND 3 SPEED BIKE BICYCLE STURMEY ARCHER AW
rare 1962 royal york made in england 3 speed bike bicycle sturmey archer aw
$450.00
quality
VINTAGE HUTCH RARE C C S  M CO 1118 TO 1126 ROYAL ST SODA BOTTLE
vintage hutch rare c c s m co 1118 to 1126 royal st soda bottle
$26.00
quality
RR Very rare Bulgarian Royal badge Labor For Bulgaria 2nd class Boris III
rr very rare bulgarian royal badge labor for bulgaria 2nd class boris iii
$149.00
quality
RR Very beautiful rare Bulgarian Royal badge  1931 Chartered accountants
rr very beautiful rare bulgarian royal badge 1931 chartered accountants
$39.99
quality

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Politics and rare coins might not seem to go together, but they are linked throughout the history of the United States. From the first coins of the 1650s to the change you carry in your pocket today, political influence has been a significant part of United States coinage.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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