nu·​mis·​mat·​ic | \ ˌnü-məz-ˈma-tik How to pronounce numismatic (audio) , -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 How to pronounce numismatically (audio) , -​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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Recent Examples on the Web Based solely on the current price of gold per gram, the coins are worth around $52,600 today—but given their historical significance and numismatic merit, the trove’s actual value is likely significantly higher. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Israeli Teens Discover Trove of 1,100-Year-Old Gold Coins," 26 Aug. 2020 Users can browse collections of blue-and-white ceramics, numismatic specimens (also known as coins), and presidential portraits, among others. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight Digital Education Resources From the Smithsonian," 17 Mar. 2020 The Brasher Doubloon, the first gold coin struck in the United States, is being offered privately at a $15 million asking price, according to numismatic adviser Jeff Sherid., "Bain Capital one of two possible buyers for Virgin Australia," 3 June 2020 But the value of collectible coins, sometimes called numismatic coins, depends on rarity and beauty. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "A precious-metals scheme used fear and Facebook to trick older conservatives out of their savings," 18 Nov. 2019 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

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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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“Numismatic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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