Sesterce

sesterce

A roman coin or denomination of money, in value the fourth part of a denarius, and originally containing two asses and a half, afterward four asses, equal to about two pence sterling, or four cents.

The sestertium was equivalent to one thousand sesterces, equal to �8 17s 1d. Sterling, or about $43, before the reign of Augustus. After his reign its value was about �7 16s. 3d. Sterling. The sesterce was originally coined only in silver, but later both in silver and brass.

Origin: L. Sestertius (sc. Nummus), fr. Sestertius two and a half; semis half _ tertius third: cf. F. Sesterce.


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