Monday, 16 April 2012

A-Z Challenge: N is for Noble

No, I'm not talking about nobility here - aristocracy and all that.  The noble was a gold coin that was valued at 6 shillings and 8 pence, and was first produced in 1351.

One side showed the image of the king (Edward III at that time) in a ship, and on the reverse was a floriate cross.

Edward III noble: Classical Numismatic Group, Inc: www.cngcoins.com

"Edward IV added a rose to the ship (from which it was called a rose-noble) and raised its value to 10 shillings.  At the same time, he introduced a new coin, the angel, valued at 6 shillings and 8 pence." [Terrick Fitzhugh, Dictionary of Genealogy, p200]

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