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A silver or bronze coin of ancient Rome equivalent to one fourth of a denarius.

[Latin sēstertius, a coin worth two and a half asses : sēmis, half; see sēmi- in Indo-European roots + tertius, third; see trei- in Indo-European roots.]
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(ˈsɛstɛːs) or


n, pl sesterces or sestertii (sɛˈstɜːtɪaɪ)
(Currencies) a silver or, later, bronze coin of ancient Rome worth a quarter of a denarius
[C16: from Latin sēstertius a coin worth two and a half asses, from sēmis half + tertius a third]
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(ˈsɛs tɜrs)

a silver coin of ancient Rome, the quarter of a denarius, equal to 2½ asses.
[1590–1600; < Latin sēstertius=sēs- half-unit (see sesqui-) + tertius third]
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16 et 17--et la contremarque PROB--mieux que SPQR (Martin et Herreros, 1990: 480)--sur un sesterce de Claude--cat.
The Eurosceptic Boudica, chief executive of Britain's Norfolk franchise, was furious that PS35.6million (exchange rate: 89p to 1 sesterce) of regional development funding was suddenly turned into a loan which the Italians wanted back.
She was created by the Romans as a personification of the British Isles, which they called Britanniae, and was first seen on a brass coin, the sestertius or sesterce, of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius (138-161).
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"Tyrants would distribute largess, a bushel of wheat, a gallon of wine and a sesterce: and then everybody would shamelessly cry, 'Long live the King!' The fools did not realize that they were merely recovering a portion of their own property, and that their ruler could not have given them what they were receiving without having first taken it from them ...
Even though it has won high critical acclaim and several awards-- including the Gold Sesterce (Grand Prize) before an international jury at the 1992 Lyon International Documentary film festival (one of the most prestigious awards that a documentary can win), a Golden Hugo for best Political/Social Documentary at the Chicago International Film Festival, and numerous others--it is not likely to be reviewed on the evening news, norwill it receive wide circulation.
I shall cover you, but charging me sesterces Is like sparing your roofing of a shingle.
Pliny the Younger, for example, complains that Nicomedia had spent 3 million sesterces on an aqueduct which was not completed yet (Ibid 35).
This led to the former Roman Praetor being forced to pay 45 million sesterces to the Sicilians in retribution for the artistic riches plundered from their public monuments and temples.