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numismatic

[noo-miz-mat-ik, -mis-, nyoo-] /ˌnu mɪzˈmæt ɪk, -mɪs-, ˌnyu-/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or consisting of coins, medals, paper money, etc.
2.
pertaining to numismatics.
Also, numismatical.
Origin
1785-1795
1785-95; < Neo-Latin numismaticus < Greek nomismat- (stem of nómisma) currency + Latin -icus -ic; akin to Greek nómos usage, law
Related forms
numismatically, adverb
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Examples from the web for numismatic
  • In addition, the market for numismatic coins may not be the same as the market for precious metals or bullion coins.
  • Sometimes this is done by altering genuine coins to increase their numismatic value.
  • The department shall identify by rule those cash and coin items having a numismatic value.
  • Prices for numismatic products are based on the product cost plus a reasonable profit.
  • Read a numismatic magazine or newspaper and tell your counselor about what you learned.
Word Origin and History for numismatic
adj.

1765, "pertaining to historical coins and coinage," from French numismatique (late 16c.), from Latin numismat-, stem of numisma "coin, currency," from Greek nomisma "current coin, money, usage," literally "what has been sanctioned by custom or usage," from nomizein "have in use, adopt a custom," from nomos "custom, law, usage," from PIE root *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot" (see nemesis). Related: Numismatical (1716). Earlier in the same sense was nummary (1650s), from Latin nummarius, from nummus "a coin."

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