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Tradition of

The Lucky Sixpence

Something Old, Something New, 

Something Borrowed, Something Blue, 

and a Sixpence in Her Shoe.


Meaning of the Lucky Wedding Sixpence

The Lucky Sixpence was originally to be given to the bride from her father and placed in her left shoe. He did this to wish her all the blessings a father can give to his daughter. It was to symbolize good health for the couple as well as great wealth. Most important is was to ensure his daughter happiness. It is then typically pass down from generation to generation in a family.
Today the Wedding Sixpence is given to the bride from many sources. It is a popular bridal shower gift, a lovely gift from the bride's father, and is also a keepsake and family heirloom handed down from mother to daughter or father to daughter.

History of the Sixpence

In England, the first sixpence were minted in the reign of Edward VI in 1551. They were rendered obsolete by decimalisation in 1971. The last British Sixpence was minted in 1967 , except for a special 1970 proof set. On the Sixpence the images of many Kings and Queens appear. The Wedding Sixpence purchase in today's market are seen mainly with the image of Queen Elizabeth II . Minted 1953 to 1967. On the back of the coin are the Emblems of Britain. The Rose, Thistle, Shamrock and Leek. Also found is  FID DEF above and the  SIXPENCE with date below. 


Rose: England- St. George -  The national flower of England is the rose. Englandís emblem since the time of the Wars of the Roses _ civil wars (1455_1485).
Thistle: Scotland - St. Andrew -  The national flower of Scotland is the thistle, a prickly leaved purple flower which was first used in the 15th century as a symbol of defense.
Leek: Wales- St. David - One explanation of how the leek came to be adopted as the national emblem of Wales is that St David advised the Welsh, on the eve of battle with the Saxons, to wear leeks in their caps to distinguish friend from foe.
Shamrock: Northern Ireland- St. Patrick - The national flower of Northern Ireland is the shamrock. The three leafed shamrock represents the Trinity.

Other Traditions and Uses for the Sixpence

  • Used as a good luck charm by Royal Air Force Aircrew. Sewn behind their wings or brevets, dating back to the Second World War.
  • The Groom can carry a Sixpence in His Shoe.
  • Musicians use them as a Lucky Guitar Pick.

How to clean your Queen Elizabeth II Sixpence

If your coin is a valuable coin we suggest leaving it alone. Cleaning coins will 90% of the time decrease their value. These Sixpence coins are made of  cupro nickel. It is very important not to dip your Sixpence in a Silver Cleaner. It will ruin your coin.  The best way to clean them is to use warm soapy distilled water and a soft toothbrush only when necessary. Buff dry. Remember if you are worried about the value of the coin it is best left alone.  Store your Sixpence away from other coins.

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