Sesterce
Sesterce Ses"terce, n. [L. sestertius (sc. nummus), fr. sestertius two and a half; semis half + tertius third: cf. F. sesterce.] (Rom. Antiq.) A Roman coin or denomination of money, in value the fourth part of a denarius, and originally containing two asses and a half, afterward four asses, -- equal to about two pence sterling, or four cents. [1913 Webster]

Note: The sestertium was equivalent to one thousand sesterces, equal to [pounds]8 17s 1d. sterling, or about $43, before the reign of Augustus. After his reign its value was about [pounds]7 16s. 3d. sterling. The sesterce was originally coined only in silver, but later both in silver and brass. [1913 Webster]


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  • sesterce — [ sɛstɛrs ] n. m. • 1537; lat. sestertius ♦ Monnaie romaine d argent, qui valait deux as et demi. ♢ Mille unités de cette monnaie. ● sesterce nom masculin (latin sestertius) Monnaie romaine de la République (en argent, de 2 as 1/2), puis de l… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • sesterce — [ses′tərs] n. [L sestertius (nummus), for semis tertius, two and a half, because equal in value to two and a half asses] an old Roman coin, originally of silver, later of brass or copper, equal to 1/ 4 denarius …   English World dictionary

  • Sesterce — Vitellius sur un sesterce Le sesterce était une monnaie romaine en usage pendant la période antique. Ce fut aussi une unité de compte comme à notre époque le dollar américain ou l euro. Dans la littérature latine, les grosses sommes (patrimoines …   Wikipédia en Français

  • SESTERCE — s. m. T. d Antiq. romaine. Monnaie d argent qui faisait originairement le quart d un denier, et valait deux as et demi. C est ce qu on appelle Petit sesterce, pour le distinguer du Grand sesterce, qui était une monnaie idéale, comme le talent… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • sesterce — (sè stèr s ) s. m. Terme d antiquité romaine. Monnaie d argent qui faisait le quart d un denier, et valait deux as et demi ; on l évalue généralement à 0 f. 20 c. ; c était du sesterce que les Romains se servaient dans leurs comptes. •   Il… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • sesterce — noun Etymology: 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 Date: 1598 an ancient Roman coin… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • SESTERCE — n. m. T. d’Antiquité romaine Monnaie d’argent qui valait deux as et demi …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • sesterce — /ses terrs/, n. a silver coin of ancient Rome, the quarter of a denarius, equal to 21/2 asses: introduced in the 3rd century B.C. [1590 1600; < L sestertius, equiv. to ses half unit (see SESQUI ) + tertius THIRD (i.e., 2 units and half a 3rd one… …   Universalium

  • sesterce — noun /ˈsɛstɜːs/ an ancient Roman coin made of bronze or silver, equalling a quarter of a denarius , 1985: For him I must convert one of my sheep or goats to sesterces and slaughter another for his entertainment. Anthony Burgess, Kingdom of the… …   Wiktionary

  • sesterce — n. ancient Roman coin …   English contemporary dictionary

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