Coins On a Gravestone: Here’s What That Means



Have you ever seen a gravestone covered in coins? It’s not unusual while visiting a cemetery to see the stones covered in various amounts of money. So, why do people leave coins? There’s actually a distinct meaning. According to legend, the coin goes on the grave markers of America’s military veterans. Leaving a coin on the headstone lets loved ones of the deceased soldier’s family know that someone has come to visit the grave. Each type of coin holds a different meaning. Leaving a penny means you visited and want to thank the veteran of the armed forces for their service. A nickel left at a grave means you trained at boot camp with the deceased serviceman, while a dime suggests you served with him or her. Finally, a quarter signifies if previous visitors were with the soldier when they passed away. It really is a practical way to show up and honor fallen comrades’ gravesites.