I was surprised to see "Colcannon at Hallowe'en used to contain a plain gold ring, a sixpence, a thimble or button: finding the ring meant marriage within the year for the person who found it, the sixpence meant wealth, the thimble spinsterhood and the button bachelorhood."
My mother use to bake these trinkets into my birthday cake. is it just a coincidence that my birthday is the day before Halloween? Every child got a piece of cake with some token in it and she said it told our fortune. I have no idea where she found this set of metal trinkets or what happened to them.