- a silver coin of ancient Rome, the quarter of a denarius, equal to 2½ asses: introduced in the 3rd century b.c.
Origin of sesterce
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Historical Examples of sesterce
"You will never get a sesterce of Cornelia's dowry," he declared.
Once let the mob overtake them, and the lives of all three were not worth a sesterce.
But since I have won every sesterce he owns I must needs pay for his board.
A sesterce is four and one-half cents so that the possible price of a peach in Rome 1900 years ago was $1.35.The Peaches of New York
U. P. Hedrick
And the fourth part of it, consisting of two asses and half of a third, they called "sesterce."Ten Books on Architecture
- a silver or, later, bronze coin of ancient Rome worth a quarter of a denarius