1689 William & Mary Silver Halfcrown
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First conjoined busts of King William and Queen Mary facing right. GVLIELMVS.ET.MARIA.DEI.GRATIA
The second shield reverse. Crowned square topped shield with joined arms of England and France in qtrs 1st and 4th, with Scotland 2nd, Ireland 3rd GVLIELMVS.ET.MARIA.DEI.GRATIA
King William III and Queen Mary II went down in history as the only monarchs to enjoy a joint rule. In 1689, the pair were invited to invade England and take the throne from King James II, Mary’s father – many were annoyed by his Catholic beliefs and feared his new Catholic son would become the next Catholic king. The couple invaded, forcing James to flee to France, and decided to take the throne together. Their reign was pivotal in several ways: it saw the passing of the Toleration Act, the Bill of Rights introduced and Bank of England created. Mary died of smallpox in 1694, followed by William in 1702 after a fall from his horse.