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A penny for Charon?

I thought that coin was supposed to be part of the bridal dowry, given to the boat when a new skipper wed her and witnessed by Poseidon.

The tradition of a gold coin (yes, that's the tradition too) would seem to mean Charon was raising prices.

By the way, there are some SMALL gold coins, 1/10th ounce, which used to sell for $45 or so, so a real gold coin can be used without totally bankrupting the kitty.

When they overhauled Old Ironsides (U.S.S. Constitution) and stepped new spars--they found the original coins under the masts and, IIRC, replaced them along with new ones.

Kinda makes you wonder, where the kids today got the idea that you are supposed to throw change into a new car when you (or a friend) get it. Pennies for Charon would really be morbid that way.
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If you check the the mythology... silver was the only acceptable form of payment. Gold was for mortals...silver was what was needed to cross the river Styx.

Here are some reference links, regarding Charon specifically. LINK, LINK, LINK, LINK

You'll notice that none of them refer to any coinage other than silver as being acceptable for passage. In popular culture, the story has been corrupted, and gold found acceptable, but in the original mythos, it was silver.
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Is Poseidon liberal or conservative?

I hope Poseidon recognizes same sex marriage!

Looks like silver is the metal of choice for Charon...I think I better get a coin for the mast and a coin to eat!

Wouldn't Obolus be a cool name for a boat?

I wonder what kind of coins were on The Constitution?
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Thanks, SD, I never paid much attention to paying the ferryman, didn't figure I'd end up in a Greek underworld. Another one, perhaps, just not that one.

And how I'd ever manage to unstep a mast and grab the coins from the hereafter...Damfino, that just doesn't sound right to me.

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