noun, plural in form but singular in construction
nu·​mis·​mat·​ics | \ ˌnü-məz-ˈma-tiks How to pronounce numismatics (audio) , -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

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numismatist \ nü-​ˈmiz-​mə-​tist How to pronounce numismatics (audio) , nyü-​ \ noun

Examples of numismatics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Almost immediately, newsletters—on personal finance, high-end travel, U.F.O.s, carnivorous plants, surfing, bluegrass, numismatics, farming, and, of course, computing—proliferated. Anna Wiener, The New Yorker, "Is Substack the Media Future We Want?," 28 Dec. 2020 The trial, which lasted for two months, offered the jury and others present in the courtroom an extended seminar in numismatics and in Viking history. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Curse of the Buried Treasure," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of numismatics

1790, in the meaning defined above

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“Numismatics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of numismatics

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

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