In many countries across the world, married couples exchange coins as a symbol of their love. In the United Kingdom, the bride’s father would traditionally place a silver sixpence into his daughter’s shoe on the way to the altar.
Christmas is a time for giving, so it’s no surprise that the link between coins and the festive season has a very long history. You’ll find a range of Christmas gift ideas at The Royal Mint, including the traditional silver sixpence.
Charles Dickens wrote five Christmas novels. The best known is A Christmas Carol, which appeared in 1844. Still a firm favourite with readers today, the novel features money and coins as a central theme.