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From Latin sēstertius (two-and-a-half (asses)).

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sesterce (plural sesterces)

  1. (numismatics) A sestertius.
    • 1606, C[aius, i.e., Gaius] Suetonius Tranquillus, “The Historie of Caius Iulius Cesar Dictator”, in Philemon Holland, transl., The Historie of Twelve Cæsars Emperours of Rome. [], London: [] [Humphrey Lownes and George Snowdon] for Matthew Lownes, →OCLC, section 38, page 16:
      Among the people (of Rome) beſide x. modij of corne, & as many pints of oyle, he diſtributed & dealt 300 Seſterces alſo by the poll, vvhich hee had in times paſt promiſed, vvith an overdeale of 100. a peece to boote, for time.
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, →OCLC, partition II, section 3, member 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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sesterce m (plural sesterces)

  1. sestertius (Roman coin)

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