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'Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue': tradition explained

17 FEBRUARY 2014 Most people know the traditional wedding rhyme telling brides to wear or carry "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue."

But the original rhyme carried on with, "and a silver sixpence in your shoe."

Traditionally the father of the bride would place a silver sixpence in his daughter's left shoe, to symbolise him wishing her prosperity, love and happiness in her marriage.


In keeping with this heart-warming custom, the Royal Mint has released a limited number of authentic silver coins which were struck between 1920 and 1946 when the coin makers were located at Tower Hill in London.

The coins are now on sale, with the hope that they will make beautiful gifts to brides and offer them luck and prosperity in their marriage.

Each silver sixpence, sold at £30 a piece, has been fully authenticated and comes in a bridal-white gift box, complete with a booklet that can feature a personal greeting.


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