Sterling Silver Wedding Coin
|30mm approx Diameter and Thickness is 2mm
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The custom of the Groom presenting his bride with a coin is said to
date back to the time
when the Groom paid luck money to the family of the Bride, in order
to bring happiness
and blessings upon them.
After the exchange of wedding rings, the coin would be presented to
the Bride as a symbol
of worldly goods, (with this gold and silver etc). There is a contemporary
custom where the
Bride and Groom exchange coins, and it is said that, if the coins
clink as they are exchanged,
the couple will be blessed with children.
After the wedding, the gift is often preserved as a family heirloom,
and is passed from mother
to eldest son on his wedding day. In Spain the Groom gives his Bride
13 coins in memory of
Christ and his twelve apostles. The Bride carries them in a small
bag during the ceremony, as
a symbol of the Groom's promise to support and care for her.
"Ta a lan notai I bport an bhanais", translated to: "There
are a lot of notes in the wedding tune."
This teaches us that there is much to learn of each other if we are
to sing in tune and live in harmony.
We have surrounded the couple with this saying and on the reverse
side we have chosen the ancient
Ogham alphabet to spell..."Gra Go Deo", Translation: Love
This has been placed above the claddagh, the irish symbol for Love,
Loyalty and Friendship.