Wednesday, 29 March 2017


(There is a line of thought here...)

The villain in a novel by Dornford Yates was called "'Rose' Noble."

The James Bond villain, Mr Big, funded his operations with a pirate treasure that included coins called "Rose Nobles." (Thus I learned why Yates' character was nicknamed "Rose.")

Sf authors imagine future currencies. We mentioned Heinlein's "Imperials" here. Two other future historical currencies, including one of Poul Anderson's, are mentioned in the Comments.

SM Stirling's post-Change Protectorate practises many deliberate archaisms, including the reintroduction of the gold rose nobel coin.

(We got there in the end.)

1 comment:

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

I'm not surprised we see the successor states which arose after the Change again using gold or silver coins. Because the old pre-Change currency systems simply would not work among the survivors. And I'm not surprised Norman Arminger reintroduced the "rose noble" for high value gold coins.

We even see mention in A KNIGHT OF GHOSTS AND SHADOWS of how the colonial planet Dennitza used locally minted gold coins as well as the Imperial credit.