[noo-miz-mat-iks, -mis-, nyoo-]

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study or collecting of coins, medals, paper money, etc.

Nearby words

  1. numidian crane,
  2. numina,
  3. numinous,
  4. numis.,
  5. numismatic,
  6. numismatist,
  7. nummary,
  8. nummular,
  9. nummulite,
  10. nummulitic

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



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



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

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