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I. Definition

Numismatics is the historical science of money and coinage. The name derives from the Greek and Latin words for “coin”: νόμισμα/nómisma, nummus. Following some pioneering work in the Renaissance, numismatics has established itself as a modern science at least since Johann Hilarius Eckhel (1737–1798), with its own methodological tools.

II. Importance

1. Archaeology.

As usually authorized official documents, coins with their epigraphic and iconographic infor…

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Hübnerr, Ulrich, Uehlinger, Christoph, Sommer, Andreas Urs, Hübner, Ulrich and Ilisch, Lutz, “Numismatics”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 28 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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