Years of issue:
Elizabeth I succeeded to the throne on 17th November 1558 - a moment of triumph for the unwanted daughter of Henry VIII. Under her rule England went from an impoverished country torn apart by religious squabbles to the world's dominant power with victory over the Spanish Armada in 1588. The Elizabethan era is often considered the golden age of English history with music, art and literature also flourishing. To commemorate 450 years since Elizabeth's accession, the Royal Mint issued this £5 in 2008 featuring a portrait of Elizabeth I within a mandorla created by four decorative arches and Tudor roses. The year of her accession and the year of her anniversary are both shown in Roman numerals.
Edge Inscription: I HAVE REIGNED WITH YOUR LOVES