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CNG 85, Lot: 1573. Estimate $300.
Sold for $525. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

STUART. William III (Willem III van Oranje). Stadtholder, 1672-1702. Cast AR Medal (37mm, 26.23 g, 12h). William III as Stadtholder. Struck 1672. WILHELMVS III : D : G · PRINC : AVR : C : NAS ·, William on horseback rearing left, head facing, holding scepter and reins / Crowned coat-of-arms; MAL Y PENSE HONI SOIT QVI within Garter. MI 552/211 (Charles II); Eimer -. Good VF, toned, lightly chased. Rare.

From a California Collection of British Historical Medals.

Elected as a Knight of the Garter in 1653, William of Orange continued his political ascent in 1672 as he was appointed by Holland and Zealand to the ranks of Stadtholder, Captain, and Admiral-General. Though on peaceful terms with his wife’s family the Stuarts, William’s relationship with them would begin to deteriorate, culminating with the events of the Glorious Revolution in 1688.