Roman copper alloy token, known as a spintria; 1st century
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 21cm

Roman copper alloy token, known as a spintria; 1st century

© Museum of London

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A Roman copper alloy token, known as a spintria, probably 1st century AD.
The obverse features an erotic scene of a naked couple engaged in sexual intercourse on a couch. The woman lies on her stomach with her head turned backwards towards the man who is kneeling behind her. The reverse features the Roman numerals XIIII (14).
This is the first known Roman ‘brothel token’ to be found in London and as such is a very significant and exciting find. It may also been the only such token ever found in Britain as there are none listed in Roman Inscriptions of Britain (RIB). Examples are known from Pompeii and other Roman towns. The British Museum has a few spintria in their collection but none have a secure provenance and do not appear to be from Britain.
 

Date

000 AD - 100 AD
 

Image Number

011230
 

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