Sunday, June 21, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II the Present Queen

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; born 21 April 1926

You can probabloy pick up a sixpence for a couple of dollars at any flea market, but this is a particularly clean one.  The vendor said that there was a little die crack from the P in Pence to the edge, but I cannot see it.  Otherwise, it looks perfect to me.  This was under $11.00 for a 1953, her coronation year. Sixpence are no longer made. I just love the rose for England, the thistle for Scotland, the clover for Northern Ireland and the leek for Wales.
What a time to have lived.  She has been queen for most of our lives.  Few remember GeorgeVI and certainly there are not many in their right mind enough to remember Edward(The Fool) VIII except as children.
There have been sweeping exciting, fear filled and fascinating centuries and reigns in the past thousand years, but I think that this queen's lifetime has to beat them all for sheer action and change.
When she was born, it was not uncommon for people to be riding and driving horses, certainly many in England used candles and oil lamps on a daily basis, and now it is almost fifty years since we first went to the moon...all the Dick Tracy comics have come true and gone far beyond.  She has virtually no power, but still she influences the world and is a center around which much of our sense of continuity revolves.  What a girl...Like her or hate her...what a girl! 

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