The traditional rhyme for bringing good luck to a bride:
and a silver sixpence in her shoe.
What is a sixpence? Minted in England from 1551 to 1967, it is no longer legal tender in England since 1980. When it was, it was only worth 6 pennies. Not much to attract wealth and success to a new marriage. Cheaper than a lottery ticket and probably more wise.
It is thought to be of Scottish influence and the sixpence would be placed in the bride’s left shoe by her father. By doing so, he was wishing the best for the bridge. Luckily, it’s a small coin, about the size of an American dime. A bride has enough on her mind than worrying about a coin in her shoe.
Silver stopped being used in 1946. It hasn’t stopped the tradition of the lucky coin. Besides brides, Royal Air Force crews use them as lucky charms.
We picked up a couple on our last trip, so if you want to surprise someone getting ready to race down the aisle, stop by and pick one up for them.