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The numismatic razzle dazzle is sure to add even more shine to the year-long commemoration of the 1867 confederation of Canadian colonies into the Dominion of Canada.
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The first metal coins are believed to have been used as currency by the Lydians, a people of Asia Minor, during the 7th century B.C.E., and it is likely that folks began collecting coins not long after that. The name that we give to the collection of coins today is numismatics, a word that also encompasses the collection of paper money and of medals. The noun numismatics and the adjective numismatic came to English (via French numismatique) from Latin and Greek nomisma, meaning "coin." Nomisma in turn derives from the Greek verb nomizein ("to use") and ultimately from the noun nomos ("custom" or "usage"). From these roots we also get numismatist, referring to a person who collects coins, medals, or paper money.
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