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Exonumia are numismatic items ( such as tokens and medals ) other than coins and paper money … this includes “Good For” tokens, badges, counterstamped coins, elongated coins, encased coins, souvenir medallions, tags, wooden nickels and other similar items … it is related to numismatics ( concerned with coins which have been legal tender ), and many coin collectors are also exonumists … besides the above strict definition, others extend it to include non-coins which may or may not be legal tenders such as cheques, credit cards and similar paper … these can also be considered notaphily or scripophily … the noun exonumia is derived from two classical roots : exo, meaning “out of” in Greek, and nummus, meaning “coin” in Latin ( from Greek νοῦμμος – noummos, “coin” ) ; thus, “out [side] of [the category] coins” … usually, the term “exonumia” is applied to these objects in the United States, while the equivalent British term is “paranumismatica” … the words exonumist and exonumia were coined in July 1960 by Russell Rulau, a recognized authority and author on the subject, and accepted by Webster’s dictionary in 1965 … enjoy 🙂

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