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sesterce

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noun ses·terce \ˈses-ˌtərs\

Definition of sesterce

  1. :  an ancient Roman coin equal to 14 denarius



Origin and Etymology of sesterce

Latin sestertius, from sestertius two and a half times as great (from its being equal originally to two and a half asses), from semis half of an as, one half + tertius third — more at sesqui-, third


First Known Use: 1598


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