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

Examples of numismatics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The foundation hired Professional Coin Grading Service co-founder and numismatics expert John Dannreuther to manage the collection’s sale, including selecting an auction house and third-party graders. Dallas News, 13 July 2022 Despite the study's findings, some experts, including in the field of numismatics -- the study or collection of currency -- still believe the coin to be fake. Amarachi Orie, CNN, 26 Nov. 2022 The specialists hailed not just from the field of archaeology, but also from several disciplines, including geology; archaeobotany, the study of ancient plants; epigraphy, the study of inscriptions, and numismatics, the study of ancient coins. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 8 Nov. 2022 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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Word History


numismat(ic) + -ics

First Known Use

1790, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of numismatics was in 1790

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“Numismatics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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nu·​mis·​mat·​ics ˌn(y)ü-məz-ˈmat-iks How to pronounce numismatics (audio)
: the study or collection of coins, paper money, and sometimes related objects (as medals)
numismatist noun

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