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TheBritishEmpire,morethananyother,setthestagefor themodernworldinwhichwelive.Fromsmallorigins duringthelate16thcentury,theBritishEmpire expanded to become the largest empire in history and the most powerful global economic and military power for over acentury.Experiencethemoneyandmedalsthatillustratethe developmentoftheBritishEmpirefromitstentativebeginnings under Elizabeth I (1558-1603) up to the present day.

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