numismatic

adjective
nu·mis·mat·ic | \ˌnü-məz-ˈma-tik, -məs-, ˌnyü-\

Definition of numismatic 

1 : of or relating to numismatics

2 : of or relating to currency : monetary

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numismatically \ˌnü-məz-ˈma-ti-k(ə-)lē, -məs-, ˌnyü- \ adverb

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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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With this numismatic niche, the only cost is the face value of the coins pulled from the rolls; hobbyists typically return any change that isn’t taken for their collection. Daisy Maxey, WSJ, "Coin-Roll Hunting: The Secrets of a Treasure-Seeking Hobby," 6 May 2018 Lake County Coin Club: Buy, sell, and trade numismatic items. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar: Chess meet-up in Vernon Hills," 9 Apr. 2018 Elsie Bliss, 88, a writer and editor with several federal agencies who retired in 1995 from the marketing and numismatic division of the U.S. Mint, died Nov. 2 at a care center in Kensington, Md. Washington Post, "Notable deaths in the Washington area," 16 Dec. 2017 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. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Canada’s New Two-Dollar Coins Glow in the Dark," 15 June 2017 But notably, the long-betting investors in this space see today’s numismatic delirium as a distraction. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "Why Big Business Is Racing to Build Blockchains," 22 Aug. 2017 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. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Canada’s New Two-Dollar Coins Glow in the Dark," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of numismatic

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for numismatic

French numismatique, from Latin nomismat-, nomisma coin, from Greek, current coin, from nomizein to use, from nomos custom, law — more at nimble

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