sesterce

sesterce

[ses-turs]
noun
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; < 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 or sestertius (ˈsɛstɛːs, sɛˈstɜːtɪəs)
 
n
a silver or, later, bronze coin of ancient Rome worth a quarter of a denarius
 
[C16: from Latin sēstertius a coin worth two and a half asses, from sēmis half + tertius a third]
 
sestertius or sestertius
 
n
 
[C16: from Latin sēstertius a coin worth two and a half asses, from sēmis half + tertius a third]

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