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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Precious Moments Figurines

The most expensive figurine is 'God Loveth A Cheerful Giver'

The tear-drop eyed Precious Moments dolls, first introduced to the world in the 1970s, has since evolved into a popular collectors item and classic gift-giving piece. From figurines to ornaments and more, Precious Moments has been a growing brand for more than three decades.

Here are 10 fun facts that you may not have known about the Missouri company:

1. Only One of The ‘Original 21’ Figurines Is Still Available

When creator Sam Butcher first created the 3D figurines that would be the beginning of the Precious Moments industry, he started with his first collection, titled ‘The Original 21’. Now that the company has grown, they’re currently only selling one of those figures on their website – Love One Another.

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2. You Can Get The Other 20 – But It’ll Cost You

If you’re an avid Precious Moments collector, having all 21 of The Original 21 figurines may be something you’re interested in. Make that a reality by purchasing the other 20 on this retired Precious Moments website, that sells the dolls at a more pricey cost.

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3. The Most Expensive Figurine Is ‘God Loveth A Cheerful Giver’

The most expensive doll on their site, God Loveth a Cheerful Giver, is on sale for $399.99. (Compared to Love One Another, which is currently retailing on their site as the least expensive, at $25.)

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4. The Marking On The Bottom Of Each Figurine Isn’t A Coincidence

Starting in 1981, each figurine produced came with a special marking on the bottom, symbolizing a special edition doll and/or what year the doll was produced in. A full list of the markings and what they mean can be found here.

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5. There’s A Precious Moments Park And Chapel In Missouri

Heavily inspired by The Sistine Chapel in Rome, a Precious Moments Park and Chapel was opened in 1989, with dozens of murals all hand-painted by Butcher himself.

The art is inspired by and depicts various stories of the Bible – The Old Testament displayed on its east side, and The New Testament on the west side.

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