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

First recorded in 1820–30; see origin at numismatic, -ics
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British Dictionary definitions for numismatics


  1. (functioning as singular) the study or collection of coins, medals, etcAlso called: numismatology
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Derived Formsnumismatic, adjectivenumismatically, 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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Word Origin and History for numismatics


"study of coins," 1829, from numismatic. Also see -ics.

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