Ferryman of the Dead – Charon
Ferryman of the Dead – Charon
Item 30417
Country Palau
Year 2023
Face Value 20 Dollars
Metal Silver.9999
Weight 3 oz
Size 50 mm
Quality Black Proof
Mintage 666
Technique smartminting® (Ultra High Relief)

Charon, who resided in the Greek Underworld, was burdened with the duty of being the ferryman of the dead, crossing the newly departed over the river Acheron. To secure passage, the deceased had to pay Charon’s fee, such as an obolos or Persian denace, which ensured that proper funeral rites had been performed. Those unable to pay would haunt Acheron’s banks for a century as ghosts.

Although commonly linked to the River Styx, Charon’s task primarily pertained to the river Acheron. The association with the Styx, leading to Hades’ realm, was a later addition to the myth, as it was the most famous river of the Greek underworld.