Meaning of denarius

de•nar•i•us

Pronunciation: (di-nâr'ē-us), [key]
— pl. -nar•i•i
  1. a silver coin and monetary unit of ancient Rome, first issued in the latter part of the 3rd century b.c., that fluctuated in value and sometimes appeared as a bronze coin.
  2. a gold coin of ancient Rome equal to 25 silver denarii; aureus.
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