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The Wedding Silver Sixpence

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  • Authentic sixpence struck between 1920 and 1946
  • Guaranteed .500 silver
  • Booklet with space for your own hand written personal message
Product code: UKGWSS


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Precious wishes for a married life of fortune and happiness

The Wedding Silver Sixpence

When you want a unique and unusual wedding gift, a genuine silver sixpence is perfect. Considered to be a lucky coin, you are continuing the ancient tradition of wishing the happy couple a long and prosperous life together.

Beautifully presented in a bridal-white gift box, it comes with a booklet to personalise with your own greetings. Your thoughtful gift will delight the newlyweds, who will treasure the silver coin and remember your fond wishes for their entire married life. 

Your silver sixpence is an authentic coin which was struck by The Royal Mint between 1920 and 1946 when it was located at Tower Hill in London. In days gone by the father of the bride would slip a coin just like this into his daughter’s  left shoe on the way to the altar, so who knows what blessings this lucky coin has already bestowed when it was in general circulation?

We have selected the finest of those that have survived to the present day, and each one has been fully authenticated. The coin contains .500 silver and shows the head of either King George V or King George VI, depending on the year it was struck.

This is a wonderful gift, full of symbolism and sentimental value for the happy couple to treasure and pass down to their own children in years to come.

Wedding Traditions

In Great Britain, the well-known tradition of the bride wearing ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.’ A silver sixpence in the bride's shoe is a traditional good luck wedding gesture and customarily, it is the father of the bride who places the sixpence as a symbol of him wishing her prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage.

Sweden has its own variation of this tradition; before a wedding, the bride's mother gives her a gold coin to put in her right shoe and the bride's father gives her a silver coin to put in her left shoe. The coins represent their wish that she will never be without.

In Lithuania, the guests bring lots of silver dollars, half dollars and quarters to weddings and throw them all over the dance floor. One of the coins is marked with the bride and groom's initials. At the end of the first dance, the wedding party collect all of the coins for the newlyweds and fill a clear vase, and the lucky person who finds the "love coin" gets a special dance immediately with either the bride or groom.

In Spain and Latin America, coins are used as wedding tokens given by the groom to his bride after the blessing of the rings. The coin symbolises his willingness to share all that he has or will have in the future. The coin is kept as a family keepsake and is passed down from mother to her eldest son on his wedding day. In more contemporary ceremonies, the bride will offer a coin in return.

In Poland, coins are tossed over the newlyweds instead of confetti as they leave the ceremony. The couple is required to pick up all of the coins together as a sign of their new unity.


Silver Sixpence

Alloy .500 silver
Weight 2.83 g
Diameter 19.40 mm
Reverse Designer Various
Obverse Designer Various

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Beautiful gift

Rated 5 out of 5
05 April 2014

Ordered yesterday and received today fantastic service. This sixpence is truly beautiful and a wonderful gift for my daughter. Unfortunately, I was desperate to have a look a the flip side of the coin as they say, and in doing so I have badly marked the surrounding packaging that houses the sixpence with my nails. When I realised I had done this I stopped trying to remove the sixpence. Its a shame really, as the marks that I have made take away from the beauty of this product. Moral of the story then DO NOT TRY AND REMOVE THE COIN IF THIS IS A GIFT.

Perfect Wedding Gift

Rated 5 out of 5
30 September 2012

Lovely little gift, quite unique and the recipients will remember who gave it. Would definitely buy again.

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