[noo-miz-muh-tist, -mis-, nyoo-]

Origin of numismatist

1790–1800; < Latin numismat- (stem of numisma) coin + -ist Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for numismatist

Historical Examples of numismatist

  • The man whom I told you about yesterday—the numismatist, Hume.

  • The coins, however, are assigned by at least one numismatist to a later date.


    Herbert W Tompkins

  • The spade and plough of the husbandman are constantly disinterring relics of high value to the antiquary and numismatist.

  • These plated currencies are a terrible plague to the numismatist, as 99 specimens out of 100 have parted with their white coats.

    The Confessions of a Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

  • The coffee-house business closed in 1814, about which time the premises were first occupied by Mr. William Till, the numismatist.

British Dictionary definitions for numismatist


numismatologist (njuːˌmɪzməˈtɒlədʒɪst)

  1. a person who studies or collects coins, medals, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for numismatist

"student of coins and coinage," 1799, from French numismatiste, from Latin numismat-, stem of numisma "current coin" (see numismatic).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper