From French numismatique, from Late Latin numisma, numismatis (“coin”), variant of Latin nomisma, from Ancient Greek νόμισμα (nómisma, “current coin, custom”), from νομίζω (nomízō, “I hold or own as a custom, usage, I use customarily, practise, I am used to”), from νόμος (nómos, “usage, custom”), from νέμω (némō, “I keep, hold, watch”).
- The study of coins, tokens, medals and paper money
- The study of coins
- The collecting of coins, tokens, medals and paper money
- The collecting of coins
- Although the more general senses are still in use in more specialized contexts, most who use the term are unaware that it can be used for the study or collection of anything but coins.