nu·mis·mat·ics | \ˌnü-məz-ˈma-tiks, -məs-, ˌnyü-\

Definition of numismatics 

: the study or collection of coins, tokens, and paper money and sometimes related objects (such as medals) An area of numismatics that has increased in popularity and value is paper money.— Quoc Nguyen

Other Words from numismatics

numismatist \nü-ˈmiz-mə-tist, nyü- \ noun

First Known Use of numismatics

1790, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about numismatics

Share numismatics

Statistics for numismatics

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for numismatics

The first known use of numismatics was in 1790

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for numismatics

Financial Definition of numismatics

What It Is

Numismatics is the hobby of collecting money, such as rare coins or bills.

How It Works

Sometimes called "the hobby of kings," numismatics is not the act of hoarding cash. It is about appreciating the history and craftsmanship involved in the creation of coins and bills. Numismatics might collect copper pennies, for example (pennies are no longer 100% copper), or money printed during the Civil War when the South had its own currency. The hobby requires knowledge of rare metals, minting processes, and, of course, history.

Rare $5 bill from the Civil War:

Why It Matters

People who enjoy numismatics often have rare coins that can be quite valuable. But not all numismatics fans have to have money to keep collections. Using a fun site such as wheresgeorge.com, which lets people track the paths of dollar bills (using the bills' unique serial numbers), is free and can help people develop an appreciation for the more creative aspects of money.

Source: Investing Answers

numismatics

noun

English Language Learners Definition of numismatics

: the study or act of collecting of coins, paper money, and medals

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on numismatics

What made you want to look up numismatics? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

one that holds something together

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!