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Vespasienne

Endeavoring to restore the Roman state to solvency, Vespasian imposed taxes on many commodities, among them the use of the city's public urinals. When Vespasian's son Titus objected that such a tax was undignified, Vespasian procured a handful of coins thus taken and held them up to his son's nose. "Non olet," he declared (they do not smell).

[In France public urinals are often referred to as vespasiennes.]

[San Francisco's St. Francis Hotel once employed a full-time coin washer to ensure that its guests received only freshly washed coins.]

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