The story of the sixpence
A sixpence was a coin used in the British Empire beginning in 1551. One sixpence represented six pennies. The last year of use of the sixpence coin was in 1967.
Tradition In Great Britain and many other countries suggests that the bride wears ‘Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, and a silver sixpence in her shoe.’
The father of the bride would slip a sixpence into his daughter’s shoe before she walked down the aisle, for good luck, and prosperity in her marriage.
During the middle ages, people were very superstitious, believing that much of went on in their daily life was controlled by evil spirits. People felt that evil spirits were particularly active during rites of passage, such as weddings, so it was important to use good luck charms to keep the bride and groom safe on their wedding day. Any type of talisman from a horseshoe to a lucky coin was considered a good omen.
During the early 1600's it was customary for the Lord of the Manor to give his bride a piece of silver as a wedding gift. This was symbolically represented by a sixpence coin. It later became a tradition to include a sixpence in the dowry that was given by the bride's family to the groom. That tradition of the sixpence as a symbol of good luck continues today.