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|05-07-2007 03:32 PM|
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.
You can probably find out the facts about the coins from
They should be able to tell you.
|05-07-2007 01:52 PM|
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?
|05-07-2007 01:19 PM|
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.
|05-07-2007 12:28 PM|
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
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.
|05-06-2007 11:13 PM|
|sailingdog||Why thank you GTN... A plus to epoxying the coin to the mast-step... no one can steal it prior to it being used...|
|05-06-2007 10:08 PM|
Silicone and Plastic
I think those are two of my favorite things!!!
sailingdog, you are one hyperintelligent man!!!
|05-06-2007 09:00 PM|
|sailingdog||If you're worried about corrosion... coat the coin in epoxy or plastic.|
|05-06-2007 01:25 PM|
Corrosion and Thickness
Good words guys.
I'll only put my coin in and give the other back to Will if there's not enough room. My rigger is also a guitar player so he really knows his tuning!!!
Corrosion..hmm...I'll have to research that one and also see what's there when it comes down.
|05-06-2007 12:53 PM|
|Alden68||with my luck my mast step would corrode from the dissimilar metals of the coins and the step|
|05-06-2007 12:27 PM|
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