Published on November 28th, 2014 | by admin
The Significance Of The Silver Sixpence Coin At Christmas
When it comes to a coin synomonous with the festive season, nothing can rival the silver sixpence. That’s because for several generations of families, the silver sixpence has been a vital ingredient used in Christmas puddings.
Silver sixpence coins were withdrawn from circulation in 1971 and ceased to be legal tender after 30th June 1980. But each year everyone indulging in eating Christmas Pudding still hopes to find the silver sixpence when they tuck into this traditional dessert enjoyed during the festivities because it is supposed to bring the finder wealth and good luck in the year to come.
This old-age custom is thought to have emerged from as far back as the 1300’s which was when a dried pea or bean was baked in a Christmas Pudding before coins like the Silver Farthing or penny were used instead.
For those not buying pre-made puddings, there is still plenty of time of course to get that apron on and prepare a Christmas Pudding from scratch in time for the big day even though it was actually Stir Up Sunday on 23rd November.
Stir Up Sunday, which dates back to Victorian times, was a ritual whereby families would gather together in their kitchen on the last Sunday before advent to bake their Christmas Pudding with each person giving the mixed ingredients a stir before making a wish.
For those not fortunate enough to currently own a silver sixpence coin, here at the Post Office Shop there are sixpence coins available which were struck between 1920 and 1946 (when The Royal Mint was located at Tower Hill in London).
Alternatively, the closest modern day coin to the Christmas silver sixpence is the five pence piece used in Christmas Puddings.
So good luck in finding that silver sixpence or whatever coins it is that are used in the Christmas Pudding you’ll be tucking into this festive season, it should mean a promising 2015 awaits!