sestertium

noun
ses·ter·tium | \se-ˈstər-sh(ē-)əm \
plural sestertia\se-ˈstər-sh(ē-)ə \

Definition of sestertium 

: a unit of value in ancient Rome equal to 1000 sesterces

First Known Use of sestertium

1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sestertium

Latin, from genitive plural of sestertius (in the phrase milia sestertium thousands of sesterces)

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