See an Erotic Coin that Ancient Brits Exchanged for Sex

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Jan. 5 2012 2:09 PM

Did You See This? Ancient British Porn

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An ancient brothel token recently discovered in London.

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The Guardian of London reports that a bronze disc (pictured above) recently discovered near Putney Bridge in London is in fact a forerunner to modern pornography. Apparently the disc was once a token that ancient (circa 1st-century A.D.) Brits could use as payment at brothels in London (then a Roman outpost). Carol Vogel, writing at ArtsBeat, says "the bearer would exchange it for the sex act depicted." Read more at the Guardian. (Via ArtsBeat.)

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog.

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