A jewel of Elizabeth I

A bigger picture

These objects from Elizabeth’s reign all contain representations of the queen and demonstrate how her appearance was used to communicate her majesty and power. They place the Phoenix Jewel in a wider context and can help develop a broader understanding of the representation of political power in Elizabethan England.

A gold medal


A gold medal designed by Nicholas Hilliard in the AD 1580s. The queen gave gold medals to her loyal followers.

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Queen Elizabeth I

Nicholas Hilliard’s miniature of Queen Elizabeth I; AD 1572.

Source: npg.org.uk

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Great seal of Ireland


Nicholas Hilliard’s design for the great seal of Ireland; about AD 1584. The design was not used.

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Armada Jewel

The Heneage Jewel; also known as the Armada Jewel; made by Nicholas Hilliard, c.1595.

Source: collections.vam.ac.uk

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Elizabethan halfpenny


A pattern coin for an Elizabethan halfpenny; AD 1601.

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The Armada Portrait

The Armada Portrait; painted to commemorate the defeat of the Spanish Armada in AD 1588.

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A jewel of Elizabeth I