Above is the gold noble (introduced by Edward
in 1344) that was minted in Tower of London. In the Miller's
, Chaucer compares the female protagonist Alisoun to a newly-minted
gold noble: "Ful brighter was the shynyng of hir hewe/Than in the Tour the
noble yforged newe" (3255-6). For what it's worth, here's an image of the
Tower of London (below).
Above are the front and back views of Edward's quarter-noble, which bears
(like the figure of the King on the gold noble) Edward's coat of arms
This is the corporation seal of the city of London. The front side (left)
features a saint and architectural views of the city; the back side (right)
features St. Thomas Beckett, who was born in the city.
To view city seals from Continental Europe, see the page maintained by
the Library of
the Medieval Institute
at Notre Dame.