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[noo-miz-mat-iks, -mis-, nyoo-] /ˌnu mɪzˈmæt ɪks, -mɪs-, ˌnyu-/

noun, (used with a singular verb)
the study or collecting of coins, medals, paper money, etc.
(functioning as sing) the study or collection of coins, medals, etc Also called numismatology

the collecting of coins and medals; coin collecting
Word Origin

Greek ‘current coin’

“study of coins,” 1829, from numismatic. Also see -ics.


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