And, for Elizabeth fans everywhere, she lives on in the shinning silver coins of her reign. While, by law, her portrait was required to be on the highest surface of the coin, so few survive with an intact portrait, some examples, like this one, have a portrait and a wonderful, clear shield, along with her personal legend: I have made God my helper - in other words, "I have looked to God in all things."
The Obverse of the Elizabethan sixpence bears the bust of the queen, with a Tudor Rose behind her head. The beaded inner circle is circumferenced by the proud inscription: ELIZABETH D G AND FRA ET HIB REGINA: Elizabeth by the Grace of God, Queen of England, France and Ireland. The Reverse is quartered by the Long Cross which sits over the Royal Shield with Arms displaying the Passant Lions and Fleurs-de-lis. The inscription reads: POSUI DEUM ADIVITOREM MEUM: I have made God my helper.