William and Mary


Mary II (30 April 1662 – 28 December 1694) was Queen of England, Scotland, and Ireland, co-reigning with her husband William from 1689 until her death. Popular histories usually refer to their joint reign as that of William and Mary.

Although their father James, Duke of York, was Roman Catholic, Mary and her younger sister Anne were raised as Anglicans at the wishes of their uncle, King Charles II. Charles lacked legitimate children, making Mary second in the line of succession. She married her Protestant first cousin, William of Orange, in 1677. Charles died in 1685 and James took the throne, making Mary heir presumptive. James's attempts at rule by decree and the birth of his son, James Francis Edward, led to his deposition in the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the adoption of the English Bill of Rights.

William and Mary became king and queen regnant. Mary mostly deferred to William, a renowned military leader and principal opponent of Louis XIV, when he was in England. She did, however, act alone when William was engaged in military campaigns abroad, proving herself to be a powerful, firm, and effective ruler. Mary's death left William as sole ruler until his own death in 1702, when he was succeeded by Mary's sister, Anne.  (Wikipedia article)

Anglo-Irish Coins

      William and Mary depicted on the ceiling of the Painted Hall, Greenwich, by Sir James Thornhill.


  Issue    Denominations   Spink #  
   Gold   Five, two, one & half-guinea.   3422-3432   
  Silver   Crown, halfcrown, shilling, 6d, 4d, 3d, 2d, 1d      3433-3446  
  Tin & Copper      Halfpenny, farthing.   3437-3453