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Why do people put coins on headstones?

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People leave coins on headstones to show that they visited the grave, according to Snopes.com. The practice may stem from Greek traditions, in which the deceased were buried with a coin in their mouth in order to pay a mythical ferryman to take them to the land of the dead.

It is common in some cultures and belief systems, including Judaism, to leave a coin or a pebble on a gravestone in order to pay respects and show that people were visiting the grave. This practice became popularized as a U.S. military tradition, where the size of the coin indicated how the visitor knew the deceased.


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