An angel gazes down, her neckline ringed with coins – a testament to the kindness of strangers. Put this lovely angel anyplace where you want to inspire generosity and compassion.
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Known as the Farmer Monument, this angel at Atlanta’s historic Oakland Cemetery is a favorite marker for visitors to leave coins.
Leaving coins at a grave serves both as a token of remembrance and an aid to the departed soul in moving on after death.
This connection of coins with easing transition to the afterlife has existed in many cultures, tracing back thousands of years.
Perhaps the best known example hails from ancient Greece. A coin would be placed on the deceased person’s mouth to pay Charon, the ferryman, to transport them across the river Acheron to Hades.
Only those who had received a proper burial and who could pay Charon were allowed in the underworld. The rest were doomed to wander Acheron’s shores for all eternity.
Modern retellings of this tradition often replace the river Acheron with the river Styx, which also flowed through Hades. This is most likely because Styx is better known to us today than Acheron.