The sixpence, an English coin first minted in the reign of Edward VI (1551), has been associated with weddings since the reign of Elizabeth I. in those times the Lord of the Manor where the bride lived would often present a sixpence as a wedding gift.
As time passed the tradition changed and it became custom for the bride's parents to give the coin as a dowry gift. It was not however until Victorian times that the present day custom evolved to that of giving a silver sixpence as a lucky charm to bring wealth and happiness to the married couple.
...when the bride is completely ready to make her way from her home, she would take the sixpence from the bag on her garter and place it in her left shoe. She would walk a full circle and at the same time make a wish for her wealth. She would then take the sixpence out of the shoe and replace it in the bag. She must never look back but continue to walk through the door to marry her husband-to-be ...
The custom says that to ensure the couples wealth and happiness the bride should put the coin in her left shoe. In some areas the custom is for the father of the bride to put the sixpence in the shoe, this is probably an amalgamation of the older dowry tradition and the more modern interpretation.
The Rhyme we have all come acustomed to.... something old something blue etc.... got shortened when the sixpence went out of circulation in 1967 and the last line gets left off, but the full tradition of the rhyme includes the last line.. "and a sixpence for her shoe".
and a Sixpence for Her Shoe”
Each Sixpence Comes as Shown in an organza bag with a laminated card to Preserve it For Years To Come
All sixpences are genuine and have been in general circulation. They are dated from 1948 – 1967.