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sesterce

[ses-turs] /ˈsɛs tɜrs/
noun
1.
a silver coin of ancient Rome, the quarter of a denarius, equal to 2½ asses: introduced in the 3rd century b.c.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin sēstertius, equivalent to sēs- half-unit (see sesqui-) + tertius third (i.e., 2 units and half a 3rd one equal 2½ asses)
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sesterce

/ˈsɛstɛːs/
noun
1.
a silver or, later, bronze coin of ancient Rome worth a quarter of a denarius
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sēstertius a coin worth two and a half asses, from sēmis half + tertius a third
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