Commendation Ninepence

A bent silver ninepence, supposed to be lucky, and commonly used in the seventeenth century as a love-token, the giver or sender using these words, “From my love, to my love.” Sometimes the coin was broken, and each kept a part.

Like commendation ninepence, crooked,
With `To and from my love,' it looked.

Butler: Hudibras, i. 1.

Filbert: As this divides, thus are we torn in twain.
Kitty: And as this meets, thus may we meet again.

Gay: What d'ye Call It?

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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