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Spintria - Roman erotic coins or tokens

 
 
Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 04:38 pm
So I ran across this interesting currency on the web:

http://i.imgur.com/KkVS4.jpg

Naturally, I had to know if this was a joke and if not I had to know more. Turns out these are replicas of Roman Spintria, or Roman erotic tokens and are suspected to have been used for brothel entrance of prostitute payment.

I hadn't heard of these so I figured I'd share in case someone else has been living in similar darkness all this time as well.
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georgeob1
 
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Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 08:53 pm
@Robert Gentel,
A reminder that Martial's epigrams were not for nothing.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Mon 15 Feb, 2010 08:56 pm
@Robert Gentel,
I don't know about the roman coins but I've seen some Aretine pottery..

edit, it may have been roman in the Arezzo archeology museum. Off to check.
oolongteasup
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 01:02 am
@Robert Gentel,
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Spintriae_aus_Pompeji.jpg

They may have been used to pay prostitutes, who at times spoke a different language.

Language: the greatest art of all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spintria
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 01:34 am
@oolongteasup,
cool.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 01:38 am
@oolongteasup,
oolongteasup wrote:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/35/Spintriae_aus_Pompeji.jpg

They may have been used to pay prostitutes, who at times spoke a different language.

Language: the greatest art of all.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spintria


(top right) I knew Ben Lexon stole the winged keel idea from somewhere.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 02:31 am
@ossobuco,
did check, roman and aretine having association.
I'm now mad at myself for not staring at the coins.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 06:43 am
I just spent a half hour searching google for those coins. Good luck at finding them for sale!
I learned a lot about roman coins though.

fascinating.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Tue 16 Feb, 2010 10:11 am
@shewolfnm,
I found this by running across replicas for sale, let me know if you really want them and I'll message you a link.
spintria
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jul, 2010 12:39 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Can you still aquire these tokens?

Lee Bowen
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littlek
 
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Reply Tue 13 Jul, 2010 01:08 pm
@Robert Gentel,
Imagine going to the museum with six 13-year-old boys for a field trip and running into Greek stuff like this...... it's awkwardly funny.
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MontereyJack
 
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Reply Fri 13 Aug, 2010 10:53 pm
The government and businesses are having a really tough time getting us to use dollar coins--Americans just don't seem to like 'em, tho the Canadians love their "loonies", dollar coins, apparently. Besides, get a dozen dollar coins in your pocket and they whang you in the leg painfully every time you take a step. But I bet if they copied some of the Roman designs, they'd really take off If the Canadian buck is a loonie because it's got a picture of a loon on it, what would be wall the Roman ones if the feds started using them?
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