noun (plural dupondii /djuːˈpɒndɪʌɪ/)
A bronze or brass coin of the Roman Empire, equal to two asses or half a sesterce.
- I knew about the dupondii being brass, but I wasn't aware that zinc was a premium metal at the time.
- These can usually be separated from the similarly sized dupondius by the laureate or bare head.
- The dupondius was made of Orichalchum, yellow when new, and the as of bronze, red when new.
Latin, from duo 'two' + pondo 'by weight'.
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