Coins Left at a Departed Soldier’s Grave

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Mementos have been found  for the dead  left by the living since the  earliest graves were discovered.  From the simplest graves of the masses  to the  those for kings, items are left for use in the afterlife such a pottery, beads and weapons.

The mythology of the Greeks describe coins placed in the mouth of the dead for the payment to Charon, the ferryman,  for passage over the river after death.

It has long been a Jewish tradition when vising a loved one to leave a small stone or a small pile of stones on the tombstone. Flowers are perishable but  stones are not.  

This is a video of the stone rubbing my family did of the stone and also rubbing sand from Omaha Beach for photos .


My grandson, Henry, beautifully  played Taps. He is standing before the wall of the missing in front of Glen Miller’s name. The big band director is a favorite of his. You can see that without the sand rubbed into the engraving, the writing on the marble wall  is impossible to read.

If you are going to a cemetery, take some pennies to place on a soldier’s stone.  This simply act will tell the family that their loved ones is not forgotten but honored for his/her service.



About annetbell

I am a retired elementary teacher, well seasoned world traveler,new blogger, grandmother, and a new enthusiastic discoverer of the wonderfully complex country of India. Anne
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7 Responses to Coins Left at a Departed Soldier’s Grave

  1. taphian says:

    beautiful and moving

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Donna Marie says:

    Such a meaningful jesture so happy all your famuly could visit your brother’s grave complete with tapos played by yout grandson i look at how lroudly he stood a d thought wbere has the time gone

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  3. At one time I believed all that but after visiting several cemeteries here in San Diego that have headstones dating back to the 1860s, and finding 2013 quarters on them, well, there’s no way anyone with a 2013 quarter was there at the death of that guy in 1860. So I started doing my own research to find out more about these coins. Most of what I found is now documented over at More legend than anything else.


  4. Eileen Scarton says:

    Beautiful and very moving, Anne. Can’t believe how big your grandchildren are!q

    Liked by 1 person

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