Elizabeth I rule England and Ireland from 17th November 1558 until her death in 1603.
The final House of Tudor monarch, Elizabeth was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, who was executed when Elizabeth was just 2 and a 1/2 years old. Anne’s marriage to Henry VIII was annulled, and Elizabeth was declared illegitimate. Her half-brother Edward VI then ruled from 1547 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. 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. But upon her half-sister’s death in 1558, Elizabeth succeeded to the throne.
One of her first actions as queen was the establishment of an English Protestant church, which eventually evolved into the Church of England as we know it.
Coinage struck during Elizabeth I’s reign is always popular.
The silver shilling offered here is in Fine condition, with typical wear to both sides and worn portrait on obverse.