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

Hits: 5325 | Rating: (3.0) | Category: Misc. | Added by: Jake_Justus
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Byfield
Male, 18-29, Europe
 462 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
 10537 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
 410 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 5:14:56 PM
I kinda wonder what the exchange rate is.

RoboPatton
Male, 30-39, Western US
 2374 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 4:58:21 PM
Bet there were some sticky coins back in the day...

piperfawn
Male, 30-39, Europe
 3641 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.

CodeJockey
Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 4318 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 1:40:18 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!!"

Reignblazer
Male, 18-29, Europe
 1910 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 1:30:10 PM
The good old days when prostitution was still a public service and not a social stigma :p

LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 3718 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 11:48:31 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.



LordJim
Male, 50-59, Europe
 3718 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 11:29:01 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.

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3063 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 10:46:38 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."

jacos27
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 245 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 10:37:54 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.

Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 3950 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 10:33:55 AM
Then suddenly, it's server error time again.

Nickel2
Male, 50-59, Europe
 3950 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 10:33:02 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.

Draculya
Male, 40-49, Asia
 10264 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 10:23:33 AM
That's not a handjob, that's a chinese burn token

paperduck
Male, 18-29, Midwest US
 1580 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 10:13:30 AM
I thought 4 was IV, not IIII.

Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3063 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 9:33:09 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."

Listypoos
Male, 30-39, Europe
 2121 Posts
Friday, September 13, 2013 9:23:56 AM
"and they were used in brothels"

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



Jake_Justus
Male, 50-59, Eastern US
 3063 Posts
Thursday, September 12, 2013 4:17:18 PM
Link: The X-Rated Coins of Ancient Rome [Pic+] [Rate Link] - They were called 'spintriae' and they were used in brothels. Definitely NSFW!


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