E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.