Leaving Coins on a Gravestone and their meaning

Leaving Coins on a Gravestone and their meaning – Have you ever seen coins on a gravestone. I’m talking about pennies nickels dimes and quarters. Have you ever wondered what they meant? Each coin has a significant meaning.

Leaving Coins on a Gravestone and their meaning

This tradition has can be traced back to the Roman Empire. Of course, they used different coins, but on a similar premise. I even made this graphic into a free printable!

Leaving Coins on a Gravestone and their meaning - Have you ever seen coins on a gravestone. I’m talking about pennies nickels dimes and quarters. Have you ever wondered what they meant? Each coin has a significant meaning. Includes FREE printable version!

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A Penny on a Gravestone

A penny simply means you visited the gravestone.

A Nickle on a Gravestone

A nickle means you and the deceased trained at boot camp together.

A Dime on a Gravestone

A dime means you served with the solider in some capacity.

A Quarter on a Gravestone

A Quarter Means that you were with the solider when they died. Since the quarter is the biggest, that means the most to the family.

A Challenge Coin on a Gravestone

These are special tokens because they let bearers as members of a certain unit be awarded these. These are usually a cherished item. They are usually left there by a comrade-in-arms of the deceased.

Other Items on a Gravestone

Sometimes medals are left or other items. Those all will have special meaning between the one who left it on the gravestone and the one who has passed away.

What Happens to the Coins?

The coins left on gravestones in National Cemeteries and State Veteran Cemeteries are collected and the funds help maintain that cemetery. It could also be used for burial cost for veterans.

Don’t take the money on those Gravestones! That is stealing!

Now there are other legends and myths about coins and the dead. But, that might be for another blog post in the future.

Gravestone Symbols

Cleaning Old Gravestones

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Coin Related Blog Posts

Pennies and coins are no stranger as a topic on Courageous Christian Father. Check out these coin-related blog posts.

Coin related blog posts.

  1. Blessing Fund Jar
  2. Change Challenge
  3. Leaving Coins on a Gravestone and their meaning
  4. Lost Penny Day
  5. OGK Fund (Only God Knows)
  6. Pennies from Heaven
  7. Penny Challenge
  8. Penny Date
  9. Penny Gospel – Using a Penny to Share the Gospel
  10. Purple Penny Project

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First published October 22, 2019. Last updated or republished May 28, 2023.

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Author: Steve Patterson

A Christian Blogger that enjoys blogging about the Bible, Theology, God, Jesus Christ, Christian Music, Family, Cats, Odd Holidays, sewing and much more. I have been blogging since 2004, however, I have been blogging on Courageous Christian Father since 2012. I enjoy listening to Christian Music. I am married with 1 daughter, 2 step-sons and a step daughter.

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