For almost two years, coronavirus restrictions have squandered couples’ plans to get married.
Now that restrictions have been lifted and calendars have been inundated with new wedding dates, the Royal Mint wants to help make the day even more special for 101 couples.
Some 100 brides- and grooms-to-be will win a lucky silver sixpence coin and one couple will get a lucky gold sixpence coin worth £475.
To enter the draw, your wedding must have been cancelled or postponed because of the pandemic.
Whilst the competition opened recently, August 26, the idea is not a new one.
Traditionally, brides in the UK wear ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’.
And although these good luck charms are often still used at weddings, the last bit of the rhyme is sometimes left off – ‘and a silver sixpence in her shoe’.
The old English folklore riddle has had many different meanings for what each item represents.
The sixpence coin is often interpreted to symbolise prosperity and wealth for the couple.
Typically, the bride wears it in her shoe as she walks down the aisle.
The Royal Mint’s Clare Maclennan said: ‘2020 and much of 2021 was an unfortunate time for couples who were looking to make the lifelong commitment of marriage.
‘Now that there’s light at the end of the tunnel, The Royal Mint are delighted to contribute a symbol of prosperity to the big days of a hundred lucky winners.
‘As the original maker of the sixpence, we’ve seen the tradition develop. And, whilst it originally relates to the bride, we want to encourage couples to include the tradition in their own way during their nuptials – after all, everyone needs a little luck after 2020!’
Couples can enter the competition until midnight on September 16.
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