• WordNet 3.6
    • n numismatics the collection and study of money (and coins in particular)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Numismatics The science of coins and medals.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n numismatics The science that treats of coins and medals, with especial reference to their history, artistic quality, description, and classification. The name coin is in modern numismatics given to pieces of metal impressed for the purpose of circulation as money, while the name medal is applied to impressed pieces of similar character to coins, but not intended for circulation as money, which are designed and distributed in commemoration of some person or event. Ancient coins, however, are by collectors often called medals. The parts of a coin or medal are the obverse or face, containing generally the head, bust, or figure of the sovereign or person in whose honor the medal was struck, or some emblematic figure relating to the person or country, etc., and the reverse, containing various designs or winds. The lettering around the border forms the legend; that in the middle or field, the inscription. The lower part of the coin, often separated by a line from the designs or the inscription, is the basis or exergue, and commonly contains the date, the place where the piece was struck, the emblem or signature of the artist or of some official, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n.sing Numismatics the science of coins and medals
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. numismatique,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. numisma—Gr. nomisma, current coin—nomizein, to use commonly—nomos, custom.


In literature:

Take my case; I was seventeen when I began to take an interest in numismatics.
"The Ink-Stain, Complete" by Rene Bazin
BORGHESI, COUNT, an Italian savant skilled in numismatics (1781-1860).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Numismatic queries, replies to, 42.
"Notes & Queries, Volume 2, May-December, 1850, Index" by Various
"How to Observe in Archaeology" by Various
Numismatics is the science which has for its object the study of coins and medals, especially those struck by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects and Curiosities of Art (Vol. 3 of 3)" by S. Spooner
"Notes and Queries, Number 33, June 15, 1850" by Various
THE NUMISMATIC CHRONICLE is Published Quarterly.
"Notes and Queries, Number 207, October 15, 1853" by Various
Nor have we any numismatic evidence whatever to appeal to.
"Archaeological Essays, Vol. 1" by James Y. Simpson
But it was, above all, his numismatical work which established his reputation.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
"Notes and Queries, Number 219, January 7, 1854" by Various

In news:

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Numismatics provides the ' Midas Touch' for history teachers.
With the amount of numismatic materials out there, choices are abundant for teachers.
Numismatics provides the ' Midas Touch ' for history teachers.
From the Numismatic Crime Center: Fugitive sought in Florida.
Ute Wartenberg, executive director of the American Numismatic Society, talks about the society's collection of coins and currency from around the world.
Why Are Food Stamps Kept in the National Numismatic Collection.
Karen Lee directs projects for the National Numismatic Collection at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History.
A blizzard of paperwork could be about to hit numismatics .
Many numismatic items can be valuable, and the risk of allowing all students to handle such items could be devastating, which I learned the hard way.
Slater Numismatics , LLC, a Colorado limited liability company.
Giving their plans a numismatic twist was the fact that they will be taking some Canadian coins and bank notes with them.
It will be then that members of the American Numismatic Association will select a new president .
Effective January 12, 2009, the United States Mint implemented a new strategy for pricing its gold and platinum numismatic products.
Buzz blogger Dave Harper is editor of the weekly newspaper "Numismatic News.".