Details for denomination: Sestertius

The sestertius, or sesterce, was an ancient Roman coin. During the Roman Republic it was a small silver, and rare, coin issued only very occasionally. During the Roman Empire it was a large brass coin.

The name sestertius means "2 1/2", the coin's original value in asses, and is a combination of semis "half" and tertius "third", that is, "the third half" (0 1/2 being the first half and 1 1/2 the second half) or "half the third" (two units plus half the third unit, or halfway between the second unit and the third).

Copper alloy (brass, pale yellow when cleaned.)

As UK finds: Common AD 50s to 260s, especially 2 nd century

Weight: 15 g
Thickness: 3 mm
Diameter: 30 mm
Metal: Copper alloy

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We have recorded 5,886 examples.

Record: LVPL-08AD55
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A worn copper-alloy Roman sestertius of Ju…
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Record: NLM-F643C1
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
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Record: NLM-F5BA38
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Copper alloy coin. Probably a sestertius, …
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Record: SOM-CDAEC5
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
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Statistics for coins recorded

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Diameter

  • Records: 7,072.00
  • Mean: 30.03
  • Maxima: 130.00
  • Minima: 3.00

Weight

  • Records: 7,136.00
  • Mean: 17.02
  • Maxima: 221.25
  • Minima: 0.58

Thickness

  • Records: 3,064.00
  • Mean: 3.85
  • Maxima: 34.00
  • Minima: 0.25

Quantity

  • Total: 10,075.00
  • Records: 9,983.00
  • Mean: 1.01
  • Maxima: 9.00
  • Minima: 1.00

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