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A Sixpence in My Shoe?

Most of us have heard the saying - Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue but we didn't know the rest of the saying that claims  we are supposed to carry a sixpence in our shoe. So what is the riddle behind the centuries old tradition?

Modern interpretation states:

Something old: represents continuity

Something new: shows optimism for the future

Something borrowed: symbolizes borrowed happiness

Something blue: represents purity, love, and fidelity

Sixpence: for future wealth and prosperity.

What is a sixpence though? British history teaches us they were a form of currency worth a 40th of sterling.  They were first minted in 1551, during the reign of His Royal Majesty King Edward VI and continued until 1971.

The sixpence tradition began sometime in the late 17th century. Originally it was part of the dowry gift to the groom though.  Time went on and the coin became more of a good luck charm that the brides father would place in the left shoe on her wedding day.  .

Now that you know the complete tradition you may be interested in starting a new tradition in your family by adding a sixpence to your shoe. Many websites sell sixpence at reasonable costs.  

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