Origin of Royal Mint Coins
Coins in Britain can trace their roots back to the second century BC when Celtic tribes that crossed the English Channel introduced the concept to the natives. After the Romans had invaded Britain in 43 AD, they established mints all across their territories – including in London. This mint produced Roman coinage for 40 years before it closed down.
Although the mint reopened briefly in 383 AD, it closed swiftly due to the end of Roman rule in Britain. Until 650 AD, when the English Kingdom formed, no other coins were minted in Britain. However, as the control of the mint in London changed hands frequently due to tribal infighting over territory – the year 886 AD, the year in which Alfred the Great recaptured London, is regarded as the real start of the history of the Royal Mint.