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Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. She was the last of the five monarchs of the House of Tudor.
Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, his second wife, who was executed two-and-a-half years after Elizabeth's birth. Anne's marriage to Henry VIII was annulled, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. Her half-brother, Edward VI, ruled until his death in 1553, bequeathing the crown to Lady Jane Grey and ignoring the claims of his two half-sisters, the Roman Catholic Mary and the younger Elizabeth, in spite of statute law to the contrary. Edward's will was set aside and Mary became queen, deposing Lady Jane Grey. During Mary's reign, Elizabeth was imprisoned for nearly a year on suspicion of supporting Protestant rebels.
In 1558 upon Mary's death, Elizabeth succeeded her half-sister to the throne and set out to rule by good counsel. She depended heavily on a group of trusted advisers, led by William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley. One of her first actions as queen was the establishment of an English Protestant church, of which she became the supreme governor. This Elizabethan Religious Settlement was to evolve into the Church of England. It was expected that Elizabeth would marry and produce an heir; however, despite numerous courtships, she never did. She was eventually succeeded by her first cousin twice removed, James VI of Scotland, laying the foundation for the Kingdom of Great Britain. She had earlier been responsible for the imprisonment and execution of James's mother, Mary, Queen of Scots. (Wikipedia article).
|1559-1600||Hammered Gold||2511- 2545|
|1560||Silver Countermarked Edward VI Shillings||2546 - 2547|
|1559 - 60||SIlver - 1st Issue||2548 - 2554A|
|1560 - 61||Silver - 2nd Issue||2555 - 2558|
|1561- 77||Silver - 3rd & 4th Issues||2559 - 2571|
|1561 - 71||Silver Milled Coinage||2589 - 2607|
|1578 - 82||Silver - 5th Issue||2572 - 2576|
|1582 - 1600||Silver - 6th Issue||2577 - 2581|
|1601-02||Silver - 7th Issue||2582 - 2588|
|1600-01||East India Company Trade Coinage||2607A - 2607D|