- a former gold coin of England, first issued by Edward IV, being the existing noble with a figure of a rose added to the types on either side: much imitated on the Continent, especially in the Netherlands.
Origin of rose noble
late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75
Also called ryal.
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Ryal, rī′al, n. an old English gold coin worth about ten shillings, called a Rose-noble.
As Count Moeurs observed, he would rather see one English rose-noble than a hundred royal promises.History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete
John Lothrop Motley