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

They were called `spintriae` and they were used in brothels. Definitely NSFW!

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The X-Rated Coins of Ancient Rome [Pic+]. They were called `spintriae` and they were used in brothels. Definitely NSFW!
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Byfield
Male, 18-29, Europe
 468 Posts
Sunday, September 15, 2013 2:07:16 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.

Angilion
Male, 40-49, Europe
 10987 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 6:01:08 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.

Denogginizer
Male, 30-39, Western US
 634 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 5:14:56 PM
I kinda wonder what the exchange rate is.

RoboPatton
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2425 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 4:58:20 PM
Bet there were some sticky coins back in the day...

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3733 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 4:42:16 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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