First, British history goes back to before most other nations formed. While most of Europe was part of the Holy Roman Empire, the British Isles were not. Instead the countries that now form the United Kingdom were already established. So, there is much history available to tell the tale of such long standing countries as now form the United Kingdom.
As for the Royal Mint, well it has been around for well over a thousand years, perhaps not in its current location, but the Royal Mint was established in the tenth century. Over this expanse of time the Royal Mint has had much experience in striking coins, and has developed a reputation as being a mint that produces high quality pieces.
I love the look of new coins. They can be a nice gift or an ice breaker in a conversation. Not to mention the look of the waitress when you try paying with a 3 EUR coins:-)
A set of the new ones for 2017 about £55.00
Which set did you get? There is an entire page of them on the RM website.
I will not tell him, though you have not told me which son I should not tell. I am unlikely to remember what you have bought anyway.
I have at the instigation of this page, bought a 2017 set for my son's birthday. Frank! don't tell him . DO NOT.
The commemorative issues can be nice keepsakes, and that is enhanced if the subject is something significant to the person getting it. The Royal Mint produces some, not an abundance but some, commemorative coins annually. This year they are recognizing some significant historical events.
Of course they sell at a premium, which I am certain you know. But the Royal Mint occasionally has free shipping to the U. K.
Excellent. thank you. I wasn't aware we had some new coins coming out.
By coincidence, this Christmas I bought my sons and their wives commemorative 50p pieces as stocking fillers. They were delighted with them.