numismatic


numismatic

adjective

  1. of, relating to, or consisting of coins, medals, paper money, etc.
  2. pertaining to numismatics.
adj.

1765, “pertaining to historical coins and coinage,” from French numismatique (late 16c.), from Latin numismat-, stem of numisma “coin, currency,” from Greek nomisma “current coin, money, usage,” literally “what has been sanctioned by custom or usage,” from nomizein “have in use, adopt a custom,” from nomos “custom, law, usage,” from PIE root *nem- “to divide, distribute, allot” (see nemesis). Related: Numismatical (1716). Earlier in the same sense was nummary (1650s), from Latin nummarius, from nummus “a coin.”

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