A sixth part of a twelve-part whole, a sixth of a pound, or an as (Varro Ling. 6,171) = two unciae . The sextans, obverse a mussel, reverse a caduceus (herald's wand; RRC, 14/5, Rome, 280-276 BC) or obverse a head of Mercury, reverse a prora (ship's prow; RRC, 35/5, Rome, 225-217 BC) and with two balls as a value indicator on each side, was initially cast, after the reduction of weights (Semilibral standard), from about 215 BC, minted (RRC, 41/9, Rome, 215-212 BC). With the introduction of the semiuncial standard the minting of sextantes was abandoned [1. 2031].
Cite this pageStumpf, Gerd (Munich), “Sextans”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 22 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1111110>
First published online: 2006
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