Where did the word “numismatics” come from? First documented as an English word in the early part of the 1800s, this word derived from a French adjective, numismatiques, which means "of coins." In turn, that word came from the Latin word for “coin.” The meaning of the word gets even more interesting when the Latin word gets traced back to the original Greek that it was borrowed from. After some iterations, the word came from the Greek nemō, or "I dispense or divide."


Values online for British, Canadian, Euro, Mexcian coins

Coin World’s “World Coins” publishes values updates and market analysis for Canadian, British, Mexican and Euro coins on a regular basis.

When a new update is available, a market analysis is published in the monthly “World Coins” section of Coin World Special Edition and the values are updated and posted digitally at Coin World’s website, www.coinworld.com.

A British market analysis was published in the Sept. 2 Coin World Special Edition and values updates were published online in early September.

The Mexican market analysis was published in the July 4 Coin World Special Edition and values were updated online concurrently.

A Canadian market analysis was published in the May 9 issue and values updates were posted online concurrently.

A Euro market analysis was provided in the “World Coins” section of the March 7 Coin World Special Edition and values updates were published online.

Readers may access the values at the Coin World website home page at


At Coin World’s main website, click on the Navigations bar at the top of the Web page and select Digital Edition. If you are not already logged in, you will need to do so with your subscriber login and password.

Once you have access to the digital edition of the latest Coin World, look to the lower right of the screen for the four buttons, one for each of the world coins values.

Click on the values desired and you will be directed to the complete version of the digital pages providing the most current values available for British, Canadian, Euro or Mexican coins. ¦


Community Comments

Numismatics is about more than just coins.

While many people use numismatics as a general term to refer only to the study of coins, this word actually refers to the study of all kinds of money. As such, it includes the study of coins and also paper bills, tokens, and other related objects that have been used as currency by various people throughout history, as well as noncurrency items like medals. Some kinds of money used at different points in history might surprise novice numismatists; for example, a culture might have used shells as a currency. 

Barter, or the trade of objects and services for other objects and services, has long been used in the marketplace and continues today. In some cases, the line between barter and currency still provides a topic of debate, but in most cases, articles about numismatics cover subjects like coins and paper money. Numismatics might become easier to comprehend by understanding the numismatic values of coins and paper money, and this refers to the value of a coin or note that is higher than the intrinsic or face value. In other words, this could also be called the collectible value. For example, a historical gold coin has an inherent value that is based upon its bullion value. It may also have a face value, or the actual value of the money assigned by the country that produced it. However, that same coin might be worth much more than the gold or the face value because it is rare, historically significant, beautiful, and/or designed by a famous artist.

Ultimately, understanding numismatics really depends upon understanding the nature of money. In the past, money might have been shells, gems, or precious metals. Today, most societies rely upon coins and paper money, but in this digital age, even that has begun to change as billions of dollars get exchanged every day electronically without the need for physical currency. Even more revolutionary, there are new digital currencies that have never been based upon any nation's physical currency. As it has in the past, it is likely that the study of numismatics will continue to evolve as currency evolves.