It is believed that the Irish tradition of the wedding coin has its roots in the Brehon law, when the groom would gift his new bride with a coin to represent that from this point forward, everything he owns would be equally shared.
There may be variants of this tradition depending on which family and region of Ireland, and availability of coins. Some believe that once the wedding coin is gifted to the bride, it should be put into the bride’s shoe to ensure prosperity in the marriage.
The wedding coin can also be handed down from parents to eldest child, or first son, or so forth. The great thing about wedding traditions is that you are free to make your own variation of the tradition in order to make it meaningful to you.
I have written some beautiful words for a wedding coin ceremony on a number of occasions, each ceremony unique and individual to the couple. I will include the wedding coin ceremony wording here very soon!