Six Pence Heart Shaped Pendant Necklace--1954--Vtg.
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"Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue, and a lucky sixpence for your shoe."
This is a lovely six pence in a heart shaped pendant necklace. (Elizabeth II 1954 six pence set in heart shaped roses around the coin.) On the front of the coin Dei Gratia Regina + Elizabeth II and on the back is Sixpence 1954. I am not sure what the metal is as itís not marked. (silvertone metal--???.)
A sixpence was a coin used in the British Empire beginning in 1551. One sixpence represented six pennies. The last year of use of the sixpence coin was 1967. I heard it was removed from circulation in 1980.
In the middle ages, the people were very superstitious. They believed that much of their life was controlled by evil spirits and anything they could do to ward off those spirits was wise. As an example, they thought it was important to use good luck charms to keep the bride and groom safe on their wedding day. During the early 1600's it was customary for the Lord of the Manor to give his bride a piece of silver as a wedding gift. This was symbolically represented by a sixpence coin. That tradition of the sixpence as a symbol of good luck continues today. A six pence is traditionally given for luck & love to brides on their wedding day! Some families have passed down the same six pence through the generations to continue the hope for good luck to future brides. It's also nice to seek out a sixpence minted in the year of your parents or grandparents wedding, birth years, or some other important family occasion
This chain is 24 inches long. The heart shaped pendant measures 1 Ĺ " long and 1 Ĺ" wide.