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The main reason they put coins on Abraham Lincolns eyes when he dies was to keep his eyelids closed. There is also a wives tale about the pennies allowing the dead to travel to the river Styx.

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In ancient Greece and later, Rome, coins were put over a dead person's eyes so that they could pay the toll to cross the River Styx. A spirit unable to pay was doomed to be a ghost, never crossing over to their final reward. It is more likely, however, that coins were place on President Lincoln's eyes because the weight kept his eyes closed.

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because he needed some change

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