About Wedding Coins
When it comes to giving a wedding gift - you want to honor the loving couple as well as provide them with something valuable. Checking out their gift registry and picking from the list is fine and useful - a new couple often needs those items for their budding household...
Still, if you are looking to give something a little different, why not give them a commemorative wedding coin?
There are many different kinds of wedding coins to choose from. You can get a blank coin made from silver or gold and have it inscribed with a design, phrase and/or the couple's new names.
Many mints around the world have produced coins appropriate to give at weddings. Such coins can have a theme associated with weddings such as vows or doves. Or you can find a coin that pictures a special wedding such as the coinage celebrating the ceremonies of British royalty.
If you know that the newlyweds-to-be have a special interest or share a common job or hobby - you can almost certainly find a coin minted in silver or gold that will reflect those common interest. Choose one of those.
The beauty of such a coin is that it will garner sentimental value attached to the wedding day, over time, and can also increase in monetary value. One can easily sell most coins, in the case of a true emergency - try that with a toaster!
Coins of silver and gold have a special beauty all to themselves and combined with a special theme to match a wedding or a couple's interest, can make such a wedding gift both unique and valuable...
Related Wedding Coin Traditions
In olden times, wedding rings did not only signify a sign of love, the were also linked to the bestowal of 'earnest money.' According to the prayer book of Edward VI: after the words 'with this ring I thee wed' follow the words 'This gold and silver I give thee,' at which point the groom was supposed to hand a leather purse filled with gold and silver coins to the bride.
In more Spanish cultures, this is also known giving the wedding arrhae to his bride. The arrhae is a symbol of the groom's "monetary gift" to the bride because it is composed of 13 pieces of gold, or silver coins. And these become a "pledge" that the groom is devoted to the welfare and well-being of his wife and future offspring. Both rings and arrhae are blessed first by the priest when used during the wedding.
A coin bearer similar to that of the ring bearer, made participate in the ceremony. The coin bearer is a young boy who marches down the wedding aisle bringing the wedding coins. Again these wedding coins are more commonly known as wedding arrhae. The coins are presented to the celebrant for a blessing. The coins usually consist of thirteen gold and silver coins, to represent Jesus and his apostles. Historically, Spanish colonists started this custom.