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1st Century AD - Roman Tessera XF 4.76g - Erotic Brothel Scene Thumb

Ancient Roman Spintria Brothel Token


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1st Century AD - Roman Brothel Token

 Roman Tessera XF 4.76g Tiberius, AD 14-37. Æ Tessera (21.5mm, 5.28 g, 2h). Struck circa AD 22/3-37.
Obverse: Erotic scene with a male figure lying face down on a couch, resting on left elbow and looking back at female partner behind him
Reverse: V within pearl border and laurel wreath.


A very rare and well provenance coin of Ancient Roman erotic tokens, dating to the reign of Emperor Tiberius, circa 30 AD.

 These rare and intriguing bronze tokens are thought to have been used to purchase services in Roman brothels. The "V" on the back shows that the patron's 'partner' would be waiting in stall/room #5. It may have been considered taboo to take a coin with the image of the Emperor into a house of ill repute and so Spintria were used instead. It is also possible that these bronze tokens were used as gaming tokens, stamped with images intended to scintillate or excite their owners!

 It has been professionally encapsulated and graded by NGC, and found to be genuine.


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