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05-07-2007 03:32 PM
hellosailor 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.

GTN-
You can probably find out the facts about the coins from
Contact US
They should be able to tell you.
05-07-2007 01:52 PM
GotTheNotion
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
sailingdog HS-

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
hellosailor 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.
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
GotTheNotion
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
GotTheNotion
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
Valiente
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Originally Posted by GotTheNotion
Styx...hmm...didn't they do that song "I'm Sailing Away"? -no really, I'm not blonde.
I have heard different things about gold coins too.
Thanks for the clarification.
Call me crazy and superstitious (oh my God I must be a sailor!) but, I am calling my rigger this morning and putting off taking the mast down until I get over to my moms to get a Susan B that was given to me when I was young..
Just make sure the thickness of the coin under the mast doesn't lead to unexpected "rake" problems.
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