Born in 1665, Queen Anne ruled between 1702 and 1714 as the last of the Stuart monarchs. Ill health and the volatile political climate dominated her short rule. Coins produced during this period were predominately Crown and Half Crowns, with Shillings and occasional rare Guineas. For further assistance email customer service at [email protected]
Anne was the second daughter of King James II but was born during the reign of her uncle Charles II. Following the death of her uncle, her father became King but was overthrown in an event known as the ‘Glorious Revolution’ by his daughter – Anne’s sister - Mary, and her Dutch husband, William of Orange. Only after their deaths did Anne finally become Queen at the age of 37.
Queen Anne oversaw the Act of Union in 1707, which unified England and Scotland as the single sovereign state of Great Britain.
Despite 18 pregnancies with her husband, Prince George of Denmark, Anne only had five children but no heirs survived, and as the Queen’s health deteriorated quickly succession became a crucial issue. By 1713 she was unable to walk and suffered a stroke in July of 1714 - a few days before her death. She was succeeded by her second cousin - King George I, the first Hanoverian monarch.