Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The London Roman Brothel Token

Here is an image of the brothel token found in London on the shore of the Thames earlier this month. An amateur archaeologist with a metal detector freed it from its muddy home of about 2,000 years. The numeral XIIII on the back side seems to indicate that the token was worth 14 small Roman coins called asses, the equivalent of seven loaves of bread. The token could have been turned in for the service depicted on the front side of the coin at one of the many London brothels.

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