. . . And a Sixpence in Her Shoe

Traditional English bridal and wedding silver sixpence coins dated from 1558-1967


A centuries' old English tradition states that a bride would have good luck all during her married life if she wore the following during the wedding ceremony . . .

Something old,
Something new,
Something borrowed,
Something blue,
And a Sixpence in her shoe

What is a Sixpence?
The sixpence is an English coin that was minted beginning in 1558 and continued until 1967. Sixpence are no longer minted in England and are becoming rare.

The Tradition of the Sixpence
According to tradition, during the early 1600's the Lord of the Manor presented a sixpence to the bride as a wedding gift.  Toward the end of the seventeenth century, it became the custom for the bride's parents to give the sixpence as a dowry gift to the groom

As time went on the custom of using the sixpence as a good luck coin continued into the 1800's.  Today brides throughout the British Isles, the U.S. and other countries world wide, still place a sixpence in their left shoe for good luck.

Why should you order from Heritage Collections?
There are several reasons why it is to your advantage to place your order for a bridal sixpence with Heritage Collections: 

  1. We are an established company and have been supplying 100% authentic English sixpence to brides for almost 20 years.  Our sixpence are not reproductions and your satisfaction is guaranteed..

  2. Your sixpence is custom selected for you and you may choose the coin date you prefer.  Many brides honor their parent's or grandparent's wedding anniversary or birth date  Others want a coin dated 100 to 400 years prior to their own wedding date. 

  3.  We can get a sixpence to you on short notice, usually within 3 days.  International shipping is also available for an additional charge.

  4. Our elegant presentation of the sixpence as well as our prompt, courteous service has brought praises from our customers. 

For more information, click on the following links:


The Tradition        The Sixpence and its Holder        

       Special Sixpence        

Price List and Order Form     Customer Response


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