They were used in ancient Rome to request and pay for different “services” in brothels and from prostitutes on the street. Since there were a lot of foreigners coming to the city that did not speak the language and most of the prostitutes were slaves captured from other places the coins made the transactions easy and efficient. One side of these coins showed what the buyer wanted and the other showed the amount of money to be paid for the act.
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Posted by Nick
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It's good to know a BJ was relatively inexpensive. These are my kind of coins ;-)ReplyDelete
Also of interest, some of the coins depicted homosexual acts. It seems the Romans didn't place quite the stigma on homosexuality as we do today.