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Date: 09/13/13 09:16 AM

18 Responses to The X-Rated Coins of Ancient Rome [Pic+]

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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    September 12, 2013 at 4:17 pm
    Link: The X-Rated Coins of Ancient Rome - They were called `spintriae` and they were used in brothels. Definitely NSFW!
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    Listypoos Male 40-49
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    September 13, 2013 at 9:23 am
    "and they were used in brothels"

    I can see why, you`ve got a menu and a payment system all in one.


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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    September 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

    "Hey, Publius, would you happen to have change for a hummer?"

    "Sorry, Scipio, I`m down to my last rear-entry. Ask Marcus, he just got here."

    "Thanks."

    "Don`t mention it."
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    paperduck Male 18-29
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    September 13, 2013 at 10:13 am
    I thought 4 was IV, not IIII.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    September 13, 2013 at 10:23 am
    That`s not a handjob, that`s a chinese burn token
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    September 13, 2013 at 10:33 am
    Very organised. All monies controlled by the brothel-keeper, you get what you pay for, nobody steals your cash while you are on the job.
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    Nickel2 Male 50-59
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    September 13, 2013 at 10:33 am
    Then suddenly, it`s server error time again.
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    jacos27 Male 18-29
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    September 13, 2013 at 10:37 am
    @paperduck same with 9. They put VIIII instead of IX

    I think these are fake, unless those in Ancient Roman brothels were very uneducated.
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    Jake_Justus Male 50-59
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    September 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

    @jacos

    Those aren`t fake. Stamps from the Roman Ninth Legion have been found that use "VIIII" for "9." Also, the Romans did use "IIII" for "4."
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    September 13, 2013 at 11:29 am
    There was a programme on the BBC a few years ago about excavating a fairly off the track Roman settlement which included a large number of buried new-borns and evidence of mainly female occupation.

    There were two theories. One was that it was a `birthing place` where priestesses of the goddess of fertility helped women who were facing a difficult bith. Naturally, there would be a lot of sill-born kids in such a place. The other theory was that it was a road-side brothel where new-borns were a disposable inconvenience to management.

    When these tokens started showing up in the dig it pretty much settled the matter.
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    LordJim Male 60-69
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    September 13, 2013 at 11:48 am
    How educated do you think brothel keepers are now? Provincial pimps in the empire probably had just functinal Latin. Hence the pictures to overcome the language barrier.

    The fact that different prices were charged for essentially the same act probably reflected how classy the joint was.


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    Reignblazer Male 18-29
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    September 13, 2013 at 1:30 pm
    The good old days when prostitution was still a public service and not a social stigma :p
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    CodeJockey Male 40-49
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    September 13, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    "Soldiers: Everyone that makes it to the top of this hill will get a number 3 coin and a number 7 coin. Not necessarily to be used in that order!!"
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    piperfawn Male 30-39
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    September 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm
    If you go to Paestum or Pompei in proximity to some brothel you can find very explicits signs ,like penises instead of arrows, directly carved on the stones on the road and some sexuals "graffiti" too. Well, is not strange if you think that Pompei and Paestum were famous during the ancient roman period as holiday cities. Something like the modern Las Vegas.
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    RoboPatton Male 30-39
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    September 13, 2013 at 4:58 pm
    Bet there were some sticky coins back in the day...
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    Denogginizer Male 30-39
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    September 13, 2013 at 5:14 pm
    I kinda wonder what the exchange rate is.
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    September 13, 2013 at 6:01 pm
    If you follow the link, you`ll find that it`s not really clear what they were used for.

    Might be brothel tokens. Might be lewd novelty items, maybe for some sort of game (hence the numbers). Might be political satire - coins were symbolic of the emperor and/or state. Might be all sorts of things.

    Similar Roman coins exist with a number from 1-16 on one side and various non-sexual images on the other (deities, famous figures, etc). Some sort of scoring counters for some sort of game, perhaps, in sets with different images on the reverse to appeal to different customers in different circumstances. Maybe.
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    Byfield Male 18-29
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    September 15, 2013 at 2:07 am
    Some of those in the link are fake. The real thing is very rare and you wont see them outside a museum very often.

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