Transliteration of Ancient Greek νόμισμα ‎(nómisma).

Per Oxford Dictionary, the Online Etymology Dictionary, and Merriam Webster, money or currency, from Ancient Greek νόμισμα ‎(nómisma), for current money, coin, usage, lit. "what has been sanctioned by custom or use," from νομίζειν ‎(nomízein), to use customarily, itself from νόμος ‎(nómos), usage or custom, omitting -ίζειν) and adding -ισμα.[1][2][3]

Related to French numismatique, from Late Latin numisma, numismatis ‎(coin), variant of Latin nomisma, as noted, from Ancient Greek νόμισμα.



nomisma ‎(plural nomismata)

  1. money[2] or currency (modern).
  2. coinage, esp. with connotation as a means to control a monetary system (rare).[2]
  3. current coin of a state (ancient).
  4. (rare) Coinage, a monetary system.
  5. (archaic) A byzant.[2]
  6. A stamp, an image on a coin.

Usage notesEdit

  • Per Oxford Dictionary, earliest use by William Camden, so early 17th century.[2]
  • 1997, John Julius Norwich, A Short History of Byzantium, Penguin 1998, p. 262
    For a quarter-century after, this decline continued, to the point where six different nomismata, of as many metals, were in circulation.
  • Prud. στεφ. 2, 95 Archimedes Project, Harvard University
    en Caesar agnoscit suum Nomisma nummis inditum

Related termsEdit

See numismatics (via numisma), and other derived and related terms there.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2015). "Numismatic," in Online Etymology Dictionary, Lancaster, PA, USA:, see [1], accessed 16 December 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 OUP (2015). "Nomisma," in Oxford Dictionaries (online), Oxford, ENG: Oxford University Press, see [2], accessed 16 December 2015.
  3. ^ MerriamWebster (2015). "Numismatic," in Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary (online), 11th edn. (F.C. Mish, Ed.), Springfield, MA, USA:, see [3], accessed 16 December 2015.


Alternative formsEdit


From Ancient Greek νόμισμα ‎(nómisma, coin; currency).



nomisma n ‎(genitive nomismatis); third declension

  1. coin; coinage


Third declension neuter.

Case Singular Plural
nominative nomisma nomismata
genitive nomismatis nomismatum
dative nomismatī nomismatibus
accusative nomisma nomismata
ablative nomismate nomismatibus
vocative nomisma nomismata