Brothel coin - Spintria XII

Item number: 61131

Spintriae (lat. 'rent boy'), that have instead of the emperor's head erotic scenes, a phallus or other suggestive motives are rare entrance stamps.

Category: Pedants


24,99 €
≈ £ 22.97

including 19% VAT. , plus shipping (Warenpost)

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Bronze

Authentic alloy 90% copper, 10% tin

Shipping weight:
0,03 Kg
Dimensions ( length × width ):
2,00 × 2,00 cm

Money or a joke?

Apart from the regular coins as means of payment additionally there were other coupons, that are interpreted as benchmarks (e.g. for bread or cereal), entrance stamps or tiddlywinks and called Tessarae. The had like normal coins mostly a portrait of the emperor Tiberius on there front and a declaration of value in roman digits on their back. 

 

A special group of Tesserae are the Spintriae (lat. ‚rent boy‘), which instead of the emperor’s head showed erotic scenes, a phallus or other suggestive motives. Until now there are known 15 different motives and declarations of value in the area of I to XVI.

 

In the scientific research those coins mostly are interpreted as entrance stamps or ‚coupons‘ for visits to brothels, but as well different uses are possible.

 

In contrast to the original our copies have a pendant’s eye for wearing it as a necklace.

  • diametre ca. 20 mm
  • polished brass bronze
  • including leather strap

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