[ 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.

Origin of numismatics

First recorded in 1820–30; see origin at numismatic, -ics Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for numismatics


/ (ˌnjuːmɪzˈmætɪks) /


(functioning as singular) the study or collection of coins, medals, etcAlso called: numismatology

Derived Forms

numismatic, adjectivenumismatically, adverb

Word Origin for numismatics

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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