Weekly Quote: The Smell of Gold

A few weeks ago I posted a quote by Mark Twain and one of my favorite bloggers, Bumba over at Everyday Another Story made an interesting comment about Gold not having any smell. It piqued my curiosity and I had to learn the origin.

The story goes that Vespasian, the Roman Emperor who reigned from AD69- AD79 imposed a urine tax on those who collected urine from the public urinals to use for things like tanning and whitening. Vespasian’s son expressed his disgust regarding the nature of the tax and his father justified it by holding up a gold coin and asking if the son was repelled by its odor. When the son admitted he was not Vespasian said “and yet it comes from urine”

Pecunia non olet (Money has no smell)


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