Definition of numismatics in US English:


plural noun

  • usually treated as singular The study or collection of coins, paper currency, and medals.

    • ‘His application of these to Weiss's materials on epigraphy, numismatics, and topography is jarring, but illuminating.’
    • ‘Roman Jakobson's good friend, that arch-structuralist aristocrat Nikolai Sergeevich Trubetzkoy, famously said that phonetics is to phonology as numismatics is to economics.’
    • ‘The first involved Ludvig Muller, ‘a handsome, sober man with a passion for numismatics and museums.’’
    • ‘Those who think numismatics is a dull subject might be inclined to change their minds once they get to know about the details of this storehouse.’
    • ‘Keith Sugden, curator of numismatics, said: ‘We have more than 100 pieces of his work, given by Mr Preston's daughter.’’
    • ‘The book contains a foreword by R. G. Doty, the curator of numismatics, Smithsonian Institution, that is followed by an informative introduction.’
    • ‘His books reflect the range of his interests and enthusiasms, from classical and medieval antiquities, numismatics and British and local history, to the fine arts, English literature, natural history and law.’
    • ‘But Craig Barclay, keeper of numismatics at the Yorkshire Museum, said he was not surprised to see such a coin coming up for auction.’
    • ‘In the field of ancient numismatics, collectors have made real and significant contributions to the literature in terms of articles, die studies, and by their publishing and cataloging of collections.’
    • ‘By the 17th century, numismatics, as it is known, was established as an important field of historical study and by the 20th century no major museum was complete without a specialist collection.’
    • ‘The numismatics gallery has coins collected from as many as 60 countries.’
    • ‘The society, having a strength of around 380 members, has been organising seminars and workshops on numismatics.’
    • ‘He often lectured to outside bodies on his many artistic interests including numismatics, Coptic textiles, and archaeology.’
    • ‘Many members of the Republic of Letters certainly contributed to history and ethnography through their travels and collections but little was done with this material, except in the area of classical numismatics.’
    • ‘The eighteen-page bibliography suggests rich possibilities for further study and cites the author's own work and even his early interest in Byzantine numismatics.’
    • ‘One side-effect of getting rid of 12 currencies simultaneously is an upsurge in interest in numismatics, or coin-collecting.’
    • ‘Studying Thai numismatics it became apparent that there was a very significant event in Thai coin history in the mid 1800's.’
    • ‘It has four boats and employs 60 divers, whose skills include archaeology, history, epigraphy (the study of inscriptions) and numismatics (the study of coins).’
    • ‘It is Mr. Cherian's experience that even the teachers of history in our schools do not have a clear perspective on numismatics, or history for that matter.’
    • ‘The late S.M. Shukla, an authority on numismatics from Mumbai, gave him a big part of his collection for a nominal payment.’