Entrenched in history as symbols of moments in time, coins are enriched by the stories behind their creation and the untraceable journeys they take thereafter. From tokens of affection during courtship to symbols of luck on the big day, coins have been used as emblems of love for thousands of years. In fact, even the earliest wedding vows included references to gifts of gold and silver.
The human connection to coins had great importance to earlier generations for whom coins held great value beyond their denomination. Coins with intrinsic metal value, particularly silver coins, became associated with romantic tradition as giving them away represented an act of real sacrifice for the one you love.
In England, love tokens were commonly formed from silver coins that were bent with the hands – an act that was also used as a sign of sealing a vow. These misshapen coins are known to the collecting world as ‘benders’ and while the origin of the nickname is unknown, it’s highly plausible that it could well have been the result of this quirky ritual. Over the years, a variety of denominations were used but the nickname came to be primarily associated with the sixpence, which often took the starring role in this feat of strength due to its relative pliability.
Forever entwined with romance in England, the sixpence is also the coin most closely associated with weddings and is the denomination of choice in the ‘something old, something new’ tradition.
A worldwide tradition
Romantic traditions connected with coins are practised in countries all around the world and can be bought year-round in countries such as Russia, Canada, Australia, the United States and many more. At The Royal Mint, we have our own wide array of coins to choose from, all of which make for the perfect gift to give to the one you love.
The Royal Mint’s silver six pence follows the tradition and heritage of the classic sixpence and is the quintessential coin of romantic English gift-giving. We offer this traditional token of affection in several gift box presentations, allowing you to spoil and surprise your loved one in style.
Alternatively, The Sovereign is another coin that generates an emotional attachment, while also being entrenched with deep royal associations. With a magic that has endured throughout centuries, The Sovereign is an exceptional gift and a charming romantic offering for any special occasion.