Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A silver coin of the Roman republic, first issued in 269 b. c. It was the quarter of the denarius. See denarius. In the quotation there is a confusion of sestertius and sestertium.
- n. The largest coin of copperalloy of the Roman empire. It was coined in orichalc, or brass, a finer alloy than the bronze of the as and of the usual coinage of antiquity. It was issued by Augustus and by some of his immediate successors, and was equivalent to four asses.
- From Latin sēstertius ("that is two-and-a-half"), from sēmis ("half") + tertius ("third"). (Wiktionary)
“The word sestertius signifies two asses and a half.”
“They also became the first living women to be pictured and explicitly identified on a coin of the imperial mint, a bronze sestertius produced in 37–38 showing three tiny full-length images of the sisters, each captioned by name but depicted with the accoutrements of three female deities personifying abstract qualities crucial to Roman success: Securitas (Security), Concordia (Harmony), and Fortuna (Fortune).10”
“That Didius Julianus would pay in Greek currency, not Roman, indicates to me that the smart money had already dumped the as, the asses, and the sestertius for drachmas.”
“A sestertius, another bronze coin, was worth four asses.”
“Lupus flipped him a second silver sestertius and headed that way.”
“I could give you every bribable senator's price down to the last sestertius.”
“When Sulla acceded to his request, Catilina became rich without needing to spend a single sestertius at the auctions.”
“No point in offering her for sale, she wouldn't fetch a single sestertius.”
“Batiatus had no money on the premises, not one single sestertius.”
“Sulla paid in full with a promissory note for twenty silver talents at his bank, the price of a funeral Rome would talk about for days, and did not count the cost, he who normally squeezed every sestertius so carefully, so ungenerously.”
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