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Allen and Greenough/ New Latin Grammar

Measures of Value, etc.

634. The sēstertium (probably originally the genitive plural of sēstertius depending on mīlle) was a sum of money, not a coin; the word is inflected regularly as a neuter noun: thus, tria sēstertia = $150.00.

When sēstertium is combined with a numeral adverb, centēna mīlia, hundreds of thousands , is to be understood: thus deciēns sēstertium (deciēns HS) = deciēns centēna mīlia sēstertium = $50,000. Sēstertium in this combination may also be inflected: deciēns sēstertiī, sēstertiō, etc.

In the statement of large sums sēstertium is often omitted as well as centēna mīlia: thus sexāgiēns (Rosc. Am. 2) signifies, sexāgiēns [centēna mīlia sēstertium] = 6,000,000 sesterces=$300,000 (nearly).

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