sesterce

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From Latin sēstertius (that is two-and-a-half), from sēmis (half) + tertius (third).

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sesterce (plural sesterces)

  1. an ancient Roman coin made of bronze or silver, equalling a quarter of a denarius
    • 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, II.3.3:
      Nonius the senator hath a purple coat as stiff with jewels as his mind is full of vices; rings on his fingers worth 20,000 sesterces []
    • 1985, Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the Wicked:
      For him I must convert one of my sheep or goats to sesterces and slaughter another for his entertainment.

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