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.

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  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 2 years ago

    Excellent macro shot,…

  • Lynn Gedeon
    Lynn Gedeonalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful capture and fascinating description!

  • Dlouise
    Dlouisealmost 2 years ago

    Interesting info, Thomas and great image!

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...almost 2 years ago

    Superb macro detail and a really interesting description!

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynalmost 2 years ago


  • Nigel Bangert
    Nigel Bangertalmost 2 years ago

    Great image and title.

  • Manon Boily
    Manon Boilyalmost 2 years ago

    really cool one! a picture that might finish as a banner… ;)

  • Thank you Manon….You are right it would make for a good banner !! xx

    – Thomas Eggert

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 2 years ago

    Excellent image and info, Thomas x

  • barnsis
    barnsisalmost 2 years ago

    Superb macro work.

  • kamaljeet kaur
    kamaljeet kauralmost 2 years ago

    great image!

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