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dupondius

Line breaks: du|pon¦dius
Pronunciation: /djuːˈpɒndɪəs
 
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Definition of dupondius in English:

noun (plural dupondii /-dɪʌɪ/)

A bronze or brass coin of the Roman Empire, equal to two asses or half a sesterce.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Latin, from duo 'two' + pondo 'by weight'.

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