Exonumia are numismatic items other than coins or banknotes. Examples of exonumia include tokens, medals, medallions, badges, elongated coins, wooden nickels, and similar items. It is related to numismatics, and many coin collectors are also exonumists.
Besides the strict definition above, some people extend the study of exonumia to include non-coins that may or may not be legal tender, such as checks, Bank cards, or similar paper. These can be considered notaphily or scripophily.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The word, exonumia, is derived from two classical roots: exo (ἔξω), meaning "out-of" in Greek, and nummus, meaning "coin" in Latin. Usually, the term exonumia is applied to such objects in the United States, while the British equivalent is paranumismatica.
Types of exonumia[edit | edit source]
- Casino/Slot tokens/Casino chips
- Bank cards (Credit cards, Debit cards)
- Elongated coins
- Gift cards
- Hard times tokens
- Novelty money
- Play money
- Telephone cards
- Wooden nickels
- And others