• Relating to or consisting of coins, paper currency, and medals.

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Example Sentences

“Mei’s extensive numismatic collection included several rare forms of Chinese currency.”

“My dad is a numismatic enthusiast; he’s been collecting coins since he was a kid.”

“One of the most famous depictions of Abraham Lincoln is his numismatic portrait on the penny.”

Word Origin

French, late 18th century

Why this word?

“Numismatic” comes from the French word “numismatique,” which developed in Latin from the Greek word “nomisma” (“current coin”). The National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History is thought to be the world’s largest collection of money and transactional objects, totaling roughly 1.6 million objects. The collection, which started with a few thousand items in the mid-19th century, spans more than three millennia and represents every inhabited continent. It’s grown to its impressive current size through donations from private collectors and public institutions.

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