The Sestertius denomination
The Sestertius was an ancient Roman coin. During the Roman Republic it was a small, silver coin issued only on rare occasions. During the Roman Empire it was a large brass coin.

The name sestertius means "two and one half", referring to its nominal value of two and a half asses, a value that was useful for commerce because it was one quarter of a denarius, a coin worth ten asses. The name is derived from semis, "half" and "tertius", "third", in which "third" refers to the third as: the sestertius was worth two full asses and half of a third.

The brass sestertius typically weighs in the region of 25 to 28 grammes, is around 32–34 mm in diameter and about 4 mm thick.

Sestertii continued to be struck until the late 3rd century, although there was a marked deterioration in the quality of the metal used and the striking even though portraiture remained strong.
An AE Sestertius struck 38-37 BC in Achaea
Obverse: M ANT • IMP TER COS DES ITER ET TER III VIR R• P • C •, bare head of Antony right vis-à-vis head of Octavia left.

Reverse: M • OPPIVS • CAPITIO • P[R) • PR • PRAEF • CLASS • F • C • - Mark Antony and Octavia in quadriga of hippocamps; in l. field, HS and below, Δ and astragalos.

Diameter: 40 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 30.16 g
Provenance: Aste Bolaffi - Auction 33 (29 November 2018), lot 310.
RPC I 1462
An AR Sestertius struck 211-210 BC in Rome
Obverse: head of Roma right wearing winged helmet; IIS

Reverse: Dioscuri on horses riding right holding spears and reins, stars over pilei; ROMA

Diameter: 12 mm
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 1.2 g
No notes for this coin
Crawford 44/7