numismatics

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

Other Words from numismatics

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, 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, 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of numismatics

1790, in the meaning defined above

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“Numismatics.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/numismatics. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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