The tradition of leaving coins on the headstones of military men and women can be traced back to as far back as the Roman empire. The custom has its roots in the ancient Greco-Roman belief thatanyone who died would need money to pay Charon, the ferryman who would transport them across the River Styx to the underworld.
Today a coin on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased soldier’s family that someone has visited the grave to pay respect.
-a penny means you visited
-a nickle means you trained in boot camp with the deceased
-a dime you served with them
-a quarter you were with them when they were killed
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Unknown Confederate graves along the Natchez Trace near Tupelo, MS.