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[noo-miz-mat-ik, -mis-, nyoo-]
  1. of, relating to, or consisting of coins, medals, paper money, etc.
  2. pertaining to numismatics.
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Also nu·mis·mat·i·cal.

Origin of numismatic

1785–95; < New Latin numismaticus < Greek nomismat- (stem of nómisma) currency + Latin -icus -ic; akin to Greek nómos usage, law
Related formsnu·mis·mat·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for numismatic

Historical Examples of numismatic

  • Jublains has no inscriptions to show, but its numismatic wealth is great.

    Sketches of Travel in Normandy and Maine

    Edward A. Freeman

  • One case was devoted to a numismatic portrait-gallery of her own relations.

  • I do not think that I had heard of such an institution as the Numismatic Society.

    The Confessions of a Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

  • These coins of the past are not to be laid away in numismatic collections.

  • At Bloomsbury Street is one of my numismatic libraries of reference, to which I have long enjoyed free access.

    The Confessions of a Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

Word Origin and History for numismatic


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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