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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, equalSterling, or about $43, before the reign of Augustus. After his reign its valuesilver, 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.