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- n. A bronze coin minted during the Roman Empire and Roman Republic, equal to 2 asses.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Roman bronze coin, of the value of 2 asses (see as), issued by Augustus and some of his successors: popularly called by coin-collectors “second brass,” to distinguish it from the sestertius, the “first brass” Roman coin.
While this reduction of the standard facilitated the manufacture of coins of larger values (dupondius, tripondius, decussis, equal to 2, 3, and 10 asses respectively), it resulted in giving to copper coins a current value far above their intrinsic worth and furthered the introduction of stamped, instead of cast, coins.