numismatics

[noo-miz-mat-iks, -mis-, nyoo-]
noun (used with a singular verb)
the study or collecting of coins, medals, paper money, etc.

Origin:
1820–30; see numismatic, -ics

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numismatics (ˌnjuːmɪzˈmætɪks)
 
n
(functioning as singular) Also called: numismatology the study or collection of coins, medals, etc
 
[C18: from French numismatique, from Latin nomisma, from Greek: piece of currency, from nomizein to have in use, from nōmos use]
 
numis'matic
 
adj
 
numis'matically
 
adv

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Main Entry:  numismatics1
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the study of coins and medals
Etymology:  Greek 'current coin'
Main Entry:  numismatics2
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  the collecting of coins and medals; coin collecting
Etymology:  Greek 'current coin'
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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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Numismatics' profit margin for bullion and non-bullion.
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