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[noo-miz-mat-iks, -mis-, nyoo-] /ˌnu mɪzˈmæt ɪks, -mɪs-, ˌnyu-/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the study or collecting of coins, medals, paper money, etc.
1820-30; see numismatic, -ics Unabridged
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Examples for numismatics
  • numismatics' profit margin for bullion and non-bullion.
British Dictionary definitions for numismatics


(functioning as sing) the study or collection of coins, medals, etc Also called numismatology
Derived Forms
numismatic, adjective
numismatically, adverb
Word Origin
C18: from French numismatique, from Latin nomisma, from Greek: piece of currency, from nomizein to have in use, from nōmos use
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Contemporary definitions for numismatics

the study of coins and medals

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Greek 'current coin'


the collecting of coins and medals; coin collecting

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Greek 'current coin''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for numismatics
1829, "study of coins," from numismatic (adj.) "of coins," borrowed 1792 from Fr. numismatique (1579), from L. numisma (gen. numismatis) "coin, currency," from Gk. nomisma "current coin," lit. "what has been sanctioned by custom or usage," from nomizein "have in use, adopt a custom," from nomos "custom, law, usage," from PIE base *nem- "to divide, distribute, allot" (see nemesis). Also see -ics.
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