Description:The sixpence coin first appeared in England during the fine silver coinage of King Edward VI (1547–1553) and became a denomination of currency used in many parts of the British Empire. Queen Elizabeth I also produced these hand struck sixpences during her reign. The obverse of this Elizabeth I coin depicts the crowned bust of the queen, with a rose behind her with the legend ELIZABETH D G ANG FR ET HIB REGINA “Elizabeth by the Grace of God Queen of England, France and Ireland”. The reverse shows the Royal Shield over a long cross with the 1576 date above and the legend POSUI DEU ADIUTOREM MEU “I have made God my helper”.
Elizabeth I was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty and ruled from 1558 until her death in 1603. She supported the establishment of an English Protestant Church, which later evolved into today's Church of England. During her reign, the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588, was one of the greatest military victories in English history. Elizabeth never married and was celebrated famous for her virginity. The time of her rule is known as the Elizabethan era, a golden age famous for the flourishing of English drama, led by playwright William Shakespeare and for the seafaring prowess of English adventurers such as Sir Francis Drake.