The sixpence circulated until 1980 in the United Kingdom. Introduced in the reign of King Edward VI in 1551 it was made from silver until 1947.
Considered a token of good luck, the sixpence today remains part of British traditions especially at weddings, christenings and Christmas.
From placing a sixpence in the shoe of a new bride to wish good fortune, to gifting to a new baby to bring good luck, the sixpence is still regarded a the most loved and missed British coins.
The traditional of putting a sixpence in to a Christmas pudding is thought to have been first introduced during Victorian times. Known as 'Stir Up Sunday', typically recognised as the last Sunday before Advent, families would join together to stir the pudding, each making a wish and adding the coin to the mixture.
It was said the person who found the coin in their pudding on Christmas day would receive good luck all year. Today, we honour this interesting idea but suggest rather to gift the coin to a loved one than risk swallowing the coin or damaging your tooth.