Nude Figures and Erotic Images on Ancient Coins. These coins were made in Rome around the first century BC and they were paying for certain services, or they went as usual?
For anyone else who stumbles across this post and can’t discern whether the coins are legitimate or not — they are.
They’re called Spintria. The wikipedia page can be found here:
And there is a nice Straight Dope article on them here:
OMG. I’m just starting to collect coins. I wonder if you can get those coins in a mint set.
those are fakes, VIIII should be writen as IX, dont be idiots and believe such utter garbage, I will commend the creator though, both for his impicable attention to detail and his lack fo shame
Not if they are using an informal numerical system…you know nothing of roman society and yes, those are legit coins. Rome were not the prudes Americans are about sex.
Actually, “VIIII” WAS used as an alternative to “IX,” especially by the 9th legion.
nugelz is incorrect. “VIIII” was the older style actually used by the ancient Romans – the “subtractive style,” e.g. “IX” was only used after the Middle Ages.
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Aaaand nugelz makes a rather hilarious as(s) of themself.
It’s better than faces of dead Presidents. “What do you want to do tonight? I don’t know flip a coin.”
Another more practical reason to use VIIII on a coin rather than IX would be to differentiate between a number 9 and an 11. Rotate an eleven (XI) 180 degrees and its a 9 (IX). On a round coin that you be hard to tell which orientation was correct. VIIII eliminates that ambiguity.
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