William III Coins
William III was King of England, Ireland and Scotland from 1689 until 1702. He ruled as a joint monarch with his wife, Mary, following the Glorious Revolution and then as King himself following Mary’s death in 1694. His rule saw power transition from the personal rule of the Stuarts to Parliament-centred rule of the Hanover’s. William’s reign saw the minting of Crowns and Guinea’s. For any assistance please contact customer support at [email protected]
William was born in The Hague in the Dutch Republic. His mother, Mary, was the eldest daughter of King Charles I. A staunch Protestant, William spent much of his early life in war with the various factions across Europe. With conflict dragging on he married his first cousin, Mary, to strengthen his position.
Public dislike of the current King, James II, led William and Mary to invade and depose the King. At first James resisted but soon fled the country when he saw that he had little support. William and Mary were crowned together in 1689. Their reign saw some dispute over the legitimacy of their rule with Jacobite rebellions taking place in Scotland.
William died of pneumonia in 1702 following a horse-riding injury. His marriage to Mary had yielded no children and his sister-in-law Anne succeeded him to the throne.