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sesterce (plural sesterces)
- an ancient Roman coin made of bronze or silver, equalling a quarter of a denarius
1621, 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.
sestertius — see sestertius